Super Flower & 8Pack Release the World's First 2kW Consumer PSUby E. Fylladitakis on January 30, 2015 2:30 PM EST
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A new record was broken today, as Super Flower announced the release of the most powerful consumer PSU ever made, the Leadex Platinum 2000W. The PSU has been allegedly developed with the collaboration of Ian "8Pack" Parry, one of the most reputable overclockers worldwide, and in association with OverclockersUK.
The power specifications of this monster are certainly impressive. It is 80Plus Platinum certified and the single 12V rail that can output up to 166.6A, implying a certain fire hazard if that current were to be drained from a single connector. It also sports a fully modular design, which is a good thing for a PSU with twenty cables. The choice of a simple dual ball bearing 140mm fan is questionable for a product with such a price tag, but it obviously is not primarily designed with low noise operation in mind.
Huge numbers are certainly impressive, but let us also remember that the power requirements of a typical gaming PC hardly are a quarter of what this monster can output. Not even highly advanced multi-GPU systems require such power. Simply put, if you own anything less than an overclocked system with four GPUs, this product has nearly zero practical value. For example, in Ian's dual X5690 system with four AMD 7970 GPUs, he pulled 1550W with some basic overclocks on a 1600W PSU, meaning that a full sub-zero OC system has room to breathe with 2000W at hand.
With computer PSUs, bigger is not necessarily better, as the efficiency of the unit peaks at about 50% of its maximum power rating and declines if the load decreases or increases. Actually, due to their design, the efficiency of most switching PSUs plummets if the load is lower than 20% of the unit's rated capacity. Therefore, buying a very powerful PSU in order to have "better performance" and "headroom" is not always such a good idea, but for those who need it, 2000W could have practical applications.
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Pork@III - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkNext after that: Fusion power plant!
bgelfand - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkMost homes in the U.S. have 15 amp circuit breakers with more than one wall socket on each breaker. at full power this PSU will draw more than 15 amps. You would need to rewire your home to use it. If you do that, it would be better to run a 220/240 volt line to your computer room.
This PSU may not be practical for home use, at least in the U.S.
The power cord shown in picture appears to be for the UK where 220 volts is the standard; not only is the plug different but the cord is not large enough to handle the amperage required by 120 volt circuit
danjw - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkOlder homes sure, but most newer homes have 20 amp breakers. But, yes you would want to keep this power supply on its own breaker.
Honestly I don't seen the need for this. With power usage trending down in PC components, I just don't know what sort of "consumer" would need that much power. Maybe a dual processor workstation, but not most consumer desktop.
azazel1024 - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkActually, no. Most newer homes in the US still have 15A circuits. Knocks easily a couple of hundred of the materials cost of a house instead of having to use 12AWG wire and 20A outlets and switches.
20A certainly exists, it just is not common. You do see it in places like garages often though.
That cord looks like it is a 16AWG cord though, which means 10A max. I would NOT want to stuff >18A of power down that thing on 120V.
toyotabedzrock - Monday, February 2, 2015 - linkMost outlets in the US are 15a as well. Unless one of the blades has a T shape it is a 15 amp plug.
Pessimism - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - linkCanada too. 9 year old townhome, all 15a breakers and 14 AWG wiring. 12AWG/20A is a paid upgrade on new homes. In addition to higher cost the thicker wire is slightly harder to work with and fills electrical boxes a little more.
JeffFlanagan - Monday, February 2, 2015 - linkA dual processor workstation with dual GPUs and a dozen hard drives still would use less than half of this thing's output. About all I can think of that could use it would be a really big bitcoin mining rig.
Guspaz - Monday, February 2, 2015 - linkHeck, with the 980 using 165W, you'd be hard pressed to hit 50% utilization on this rig even with quad GPUs...
BedfordTim - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkYou are right it is a UK power cord, which will include a 13A fuse. Breakers are typically 32A as we also have more than one socket per breaker. This PSU will allow you to keep your computer room warm and toasty in winter.
rpg1966 - Friday, January 30, 2015 - linkAre we looking at the same picture? I'm seeing a Type F Euro plug.