AeroCool have attempted to differentiate the GT-1050SG from the masses by creating a dramatically designed, curved outer shell. The ‘GT' branding is a direct link to the ‘Gran Turismo' – a high performance sports car designed for long distance driving. Many technology companies like to associate their products with sports cars.
Aesthetically there is much to compliment, although we think the styling and appearance may split opinion. Modders with an exposed side panel may not warm to the two tone white and black casing, preferring instead to opt for a plain black unit. That said, those enthusiast users with a high end white coloured chassis may find the matching design appealing. The materials on the outer shell do not attract fingerprints and it is also very resilient to rough handling.
Technically, the HEC design is capable and exhibits no glaring weakness. While we have seen better results in recent months from the market leading supplies such as the Corsair AX1200i or Seasonic Platinum 1000W, the AeroCool GT-1050SG delivers some good end results.
Load Regulation is solid and the unit passed the intensive Cross loading tests without a hitch. We managed to push the power output to around 1125W before it would shut down safely.
Ripple suppression isn't close to class leading, but the results are well with the industry rated tolerance levels and in this regard the unit passes this test without a problem. Efficiency is also commendable, hitting close to 92 percent at 50 percent load. The large 135mm Young Lin fan inside manages to ensure all the components are cooled without creating a racket, even in the last 20% of total load.
AeroCool do really need to work on their bundles however. This is the second power supply we have received from them which hasn't included a user manual, or any literature at all. They say first impressions are very important, and in this regard the package is disappointing. The lack of cables ties and storage pouch for the modular cables is also an unnecessary cost cutting measure.
The modular cabling is high grade, but we are disappointed that this design ships with quite a few hard wired cables. All of the PCI E cables for instance should ideally be modular. While we also appreciate the flat ribbon style modular cables the hard wired cables are traditionally sleeved and not flat. As AeroCool have placed such a focus on the appearance of this unit, why not make all the cables match?
The price point of this unit is actually quite competitive especially when considering many of the 1000W-1250W power supplies are priced around the £250-£270 mark. CCL are stocking the AeroCool GT-1050SG now for £159 inc vat.
- Modular design.
- quiet under load.
- solid all round technical design.
- dramatically designed.
- decent price point.
- Mismatched cable style between hardwired and modular.
- more modular cabling would be welcomed.
- very poor bundle.
Kitguru says: A very solid, well priced power supply with an eye catching design.