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Cougar GX 1050W Power Supply Review

Rating: 8.0.

Many readers might not have heard of Cougar, but they are a retail subset from parent company HEC, who also produce computer cases in Europe. They manufacture a full range of power supplies, including 600, 700, 800 and 900 Watt models, and today we are looking at their highest rated product, the GX 1050W.

The GX1050W is a modular design with 80 Plus Gold Certification which Cougar claim can give up to 93% efficiency.

With a large 140mm fan on board and a generous 5 year warranty, it seems good on paper, but today we will find out if it is worth the considerable £200 cash outlay.

Specifications:

  • MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY
    Up to 93% of efficiency, compliant with 80-PLUS® GOLD efficiency requirement .
  • RST (RAPID SWITCH TECHNOLOGY) POWER
    COUGAR® GX provide highest efficiency performance with Rapid Switch Technology.
  • DC-DC TECHNOLOGY
    DC-DC technology provides highest efficiency, most stable performance, and perfect regulation (Regulation <3%).
  • CLC FILTER DESIGN
    CLC filter design efficiently suppress Ripple/Noise ‹1%
  • COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST PC-TECHNOLOGY
    Supports the newest specifications of ATX12V. Created for usage with current and next-generation multi-core CPU platforms.
  • SUPPORT MULTI-GPU TECHNOLOGY
    Support PCI Express 2.0 next-generation graphic card with 8(6+2)pin PCI-E connector.
  • HIGHEST DURABLE & RELIABLE SOLID CAPS FOR 12V,3.3V,5V
    The best solution for a High-End PSU by using solid caps for 12Vs, 3.3V, 5V, solid caps provide highest efficiency, best reliability, and extend power lifespan.
  • 105°C JAPANESE CAPACITORS
    COUGAR® use highest durable 105°C Japanese capacitors providing uncompromised performance and reliability and delivering 4 times the lifespan of conventional 85°C rated capacitors.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE AT 50°C
    Non-stop high performance and full rated wattage at 50°C/122°F ambient temperature.
  • HDB (Hydro-Dynamic Bearing) 14cm FAN
    Advanced HDB (HYDRO-Dynamic Bearing) fan provide best lifespan and super silent performance. Temperature-controlled design adapts its rotating speed to the PSU temperature. Even on its highest rotating level the fan is still quiet enough to be barely noticeable.
  • DYNAMIC MULTI-12V
    Automatic dynamic load distribution on multi-12V line provide power separately to the GPU and the CPU. If you are not using all output lines, the PSU automatically reroutes needed power from unused lines. This improves the performance and safety of the 12V lines considerably for systems with high-end graphic cards in SLI® or CrossFire® mode and provides high voltage stability to keep components safe.
  • FLEXIBLE CABLE MANAGEMENT
    The modular cables that reduce air friction help maximize airflow through the PC case. The modular design also simplifies installation as it allows unprecedented flexibility in using only those cables which are needed.
  • COMPLIANT WITH LATEST EUROPEAN DIRECTIVE 2005/32/EG (EuP)
    In Standby consumption is ‹0.3W, compliant with economy-friendly electrical equipment.
  • SUPPORTS THE ENERGY STAR 5.0
    Compatible with Energy star 5.0 computer system.
  • FULL PROTECTIONS WITH OCP, SCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP

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