Etasis 850 Watt PSU ReviewSagittaria - December 18, 2006
Category: Power Supplies
There are only a few elite power supplies certified to run dual 8800GTXs and quad SLI and this juggernaut is one of them. The capability to run the power-gobbling 8800s in SLI says something about this PSU (Power Supply Unit). Very few power supplies can run a single 8800gtx, let alone two in SLI configuration. Featuring all of the latest standards and connectors, the ET 850 may be one of the best power supplies on the market.
What about Etasis? I bet you've never heard of Etasis Electronics. Neither have I, for that matter. After doing some research, I found that Etasis has been making high-end power supplies since 1996. However, they only recently stepped into the gaming and enthusiast market. What is more surprising, is that Etasis designs and manufactures power supplies for other more publicized companies such as Silverstone and Thermaltake.
Quite frankly, I was very skeptical upon receiving this unit. I actually had the notion that it would explode, dismissing it as junk. But as soon as I picked up the box and got a good look, my apprehensions were blown away. Just picking the thing up made me tremble...literally. The thing weighs a ton!
As you can see, the box is absolutely beautiful! Compact and stellar graphics, combined with an absolutely awesome box design! I cannot even begin to stress how effective Etasis' marketing has been on the box alone. As you can see, the top folds out revealing a cover board and the manual. The manual, though it is nothing spectacular (just the usual multi-language black and white with the specifications), it does go into thorough detail about the features and specifications of the unit.
After being dazzled by the box alone, I wondered what I would find under the cover.
Inside, we have the usual power cable, four screws and, of course, the manual. Also included are a few zip ties - a nice touch. But look! The included power cable is extraordinarily thick, almost twice the size of a standard cable! I guess you can attribute that to the fact that it eats 14 amps (US) of electricity at full load!
Now onto the main dish.