When selecting parts to build a new PC, the power supply is often the component that is neglected, as a better power supply doesn’t really result in improved performance. However, most people also don’t realize that the power supply is actually an extremely important part of a PC, as it is responsible for providing the power that every component needs. Essentially, having a sub-par quality power supply will mean worse reliability, higher power consumption due to poor efficiency, and even poor safety which could lead to disastrous outcomes.
When it comes to building a reliable workstation to last for years, the power supply takes the center stage. We must make sure that the power supply is build to high standards, ensure clean and stable power to the PC, while staying efficient.
With years of experience in making power suppliers, Cooler Master has finally developed their first fully in-house power supply platform. With many years in the making, the Cooler Master XG Platinum series is one of the flagship power supply products from the brand, and feature only the best of the best. That is why we’ve chose the Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum for our 2022/2023 Workstation Build.
The Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum
The ‘Platinum’ within the Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum isn’t just for show. In fact, it is one of the few power supplies which has specifically been designed and tested to attain the 80 Plus Platinum certification. This means that the power supply is highly efficient. On a practical front, this means that the power supply is going to consume less electricity than one that is less efficient, thus allowing you to see lower electrical bills.
Particularly for 230V, a 80 Plus Platinum certification means that the power supply will be at least 90% efficient between loads of 20% to 100%.
This is result doesn’t come easy, as Cooler Master has spent years to design and release the XG Platinum power supplies. In their mission to create a highly efficient power supply and ensuring that it stays as quiet as possible, they’ve achieved more than competing products can do. They’ve also focused on generating less heat and noise.
Moreover, being the best of the best, the Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum is also a fully modular power supply – simply because when you go for the best, it has to have the best features. This allows the builder to better manage their cables, and only use what they need, thus reducing clutters within the computer case which may inhibit airflow.
The Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum is also equipped with a 135mm FDB fan, which in fact doesn’t turn on until required. This ensures that the power supply can perform quietly under more circumstances, or when the PC is idling. Even when the fan starts, it performs quietly to ensure the optimal PC usage experience to the user.
Other electrical power design considerations are shown below:
Providing true 850W and more
Some power supplies are marketed with very high wattage capabilities, as they sum up the maximum power output through all the 5V, 3.3V and 12V rails. However, as most of the vital PC components are on 12V, the 12V wattage is the most important. At the 12V rail, the Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum can produce 849.6W to the system. This makes the power supply capable of powering the most power hungry CPUs and GPUs at the same time.
The Cooler Master XG 850 Platinum is designed to be a cut above the rest. The product has shown us the attention to details and hard work which Cooler Master has put in, allowing us to truly admire the commonly neglected power supply. Certainly, if you are someone who seeks for only the best, and want the best possible PC experience, this is the product to consider. This is also why it’s also the perfect choice for our new workstation build.