Mushkin Volta 600W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - December 16, 2009
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The packaging on the Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W is basic, but the sturdy cardboard box and bubble wrapped power supply does offer adequate protection with little waste and largely recyclable materials. Good efficiency and satisfactory power factor levels give it a few more points in this section.
Price Per the Watt:
Power Supply Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W at $TBA = $0.XX/Watt (12-2009)
The Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply performed very well throughout testing with some impressive results. The DC voltage load regulation was excellent with very little voltage drop from zero to nearly full load and the ripple/noise levels on all the DC rails were very low, which all adds up to excellent DC quality. The efficiency and power factor could be better, but it did perform up to the levels outlined in the accompanying literature and easily met the ATX12V V2.2 specification. The Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W isn't 80 Plus or Nvidia SLI Ready certified, but don't let this put you off considering this power supply for your next build with an efficiency of around 80% and sufficient power for most SLI or Crossfire configurations, and any single graphics card. The ability to choose between three colors for the cooling fan LED lighting is a nice touch and I have no doubt there will be an option to have no lighting at all for some users.
The Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply is a well built unit with a good set of accessories and great performance. The efficiency and power factor could be a little better, but it makes no exaggerated claims to the contrary and does exactly what it says on the tin. If you have a need for a 600W power supply then I have no hesitation in recommending the Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply for inclusion on any shopping list.
My only reservation is price, and at the time of writing this review, it was information I didn't have. I hope the Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply pricing does not let the unit down in a highly competitive market.
- Great DC voltage load regulation
- Excellent DC quality
- Five year limited warranty
- Selectable tri-color LED fan
- Efficiency >80% at typical loading