Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W Power Supply Review

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     July 15, 2009

Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W Power Supply Review

Product Number:
ERV1050EWT-01 (CrossfireX Certified)
ERV1050EWT-01 (SLI Certified)
Manufacturer’s Product Page: ENERMAX - Revolution
Warranty: 3-years
Price: Click here to compare prices

Thirteen months. That’s how long it’s been since the last power supply review here at Hardware Canucks. In that time, the Intel i7 processor family was introduced, the first lackluster AMD Phenoms made way for the Phenom II, a new president was elected south of the border and the ATI / Nvidia battle heated up to a fever pitch. Basically, a lot has happened in the world while we have been narrowing down our selection of power supply testing systems and running into a fair bit of problems to boot. I won’t bore you with the details because all that matters right now is the fact that PSU reviews are back at Hardware Canucks.

Over the past months we have been accumulating a few power supplies from various manufacturers and the first to meet our new test system is the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W. Yes, we decided to get things going with one of the highest-end products currently available but considering the ever-increasing requirements of today’s dual GPU enthusiast systems, a unit such as this is fitting.

As a company, Enermax has gone through a number of evolutions but one thing has always been constant: they know how to build a bloody good power supply. Granted, some of their designs fell on hard times due to either high prices or longevity issues but they were able to fight through the short-lived adversity and subsequently released some of the best power supplies available on the market at the time. Back then, their Galaxy and follow-up Galaxy DDX products were the crème de la crème and the overall positive reviews from the press backed up all of Enermax’s performance claims. This new Revolution series seeks to capitalize on the success of the Galaxy and add enough new features to retain Enermax’s lead among power supply manufacturers.

It should go without saying that the Revolution 85+ 1050W is one of the more expensive power supplies at around $290CAD / $270USD. This is justified to some extent considering it has an 80 Plus Silver rating along with a laundry list of other features enthusiasts drool over. Unfortunately, the $290CAD price also makes it about 15% more expensive than what many consider to be today’s gold standard of 1000W power supplies: the Corsair HX1000W. In today’s review we will find out just how well this new Revolution 85+ competes against the Corsair unit and if it is truly worth the price premium.

*Please note that even though there are two product numbers for this power supply (one being SLI certified, one being Crossfire X certified), there are NO differences between the two.


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