Tuniq Miniplant 950W Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: June 4, 2008
With the release of some of the newer processors, as well as the release of some newer and more power hungry GPUs and other components that you may be putting inside of your computer, you may be wondering if you are going to be able to power all of them with your current power supply, or if it's finally time to upgrade it. That's when you may turn to Tuniq's Miniplant power supply. This power supply is the standard power supply size and is rated to deliver you a maximum of 950W. This must be how Tuniq named it, it is able to deliver your a large amount of power and still conforms to the standard PS2 power supply size. I am interested in seeing what this power supply looks like, as well as how stable the rails are going to be able to run.
When you take a look at the front of the packaging that encases the Tuniq Miniplant 950W Powersupply, you are able to see that it is very simple and straight to the point. Right in the middle of the package is a large picture of the Miniplant, with a washed out, enlarged picture directly behind it. In the lower right hand corner, you are able to see the address to Tuniq's website, where are able to read through the specifications and other information about the Miniplant and other products by Tuniq. In the top left hand corner, you can see all of the information about the Miniplant that you need to know to identify it; such as it being a 950W powersupply at the standard PS2 size. When you take a look at the back of the package, you can see the main features that Tuniq decided to display to the customer, as well as an artistic picture of the Miniplant. On one of the sides, you will learn even more about the Miniplant 950W powersupply; such as the fact that this one is black, can produce 950W and comes with a USA safety power cord. On the other side is a list of all the connectors that come on the Tuniq Miniplant 950W power supply.
When you open up the package of the Tuniq Miniplant 950W powersupply, notice that the actual unit is covered in a molded foam casing that will keep the Miniplant safe during the shipping process. All of the power cord connections coming out of the Miniplant are boxed up to keep them together, as well as to make sure that they do not get tangled up, these are wrapped up in the white box that has a large Tuniq logo printed on the top. The packaging also holds a user manual that will help you learn all of the specifications and features of the Tuniq Miniplant, as well as what all the connectors are for. If you need help installing the unit, this is where you can look. Also inside of the white box are two connectors that will be able to transform an eight-pin connector to a six-pin, as well as ten cable ties to help with cable management.
Let's keep looking at the Tuniq Miniplant 950W power supply and see what it looks like on the inside.
When you take Tuniq Miniplant out of the packaging and strip the plastic covering off of it, you are left with a very sleek looking piece of hardware. Looking at the end that will be visible from outside of the the case once it has been mounted, you are able to see that it is very simple and similar to the other power supplies out on the market. There is a wire-mesh type design in the casing that will allow the unit to "breathe." Under the port cord inlet, there is an on and off switch, this switch is a little different than others, it actually says "off" and "on," not "1" and "0," which some people may find helpful. On the next side of the Miniplant, is the 80 Plus badge, as well as the nVIDIA SLI Ready badge, meaning that the unit has enough power and connectors to run a SLI setup. The back side of the unit, where all of the power wires are coming from, also has a somewhat breathable slit solution to keep the capacitors nearby able to receive a little extra cooling. The final side of the Minplant is where you will find all of the power specifications, such as what rails have what rating, and the combined output power of them.
The top of the Miniplant has been fitted with a very large cooling fan, that will be able to suck in fresh air from inside of the case, and blow it over all of the warm components inside the unit, making it run as smoothly as possible. The underside of the Miniplant is very similar to many other power supplies out on the market, there is nothing much on the underside, however, you are able to examine the sleekness of the color choice for the unit.
I do not suggest opening up a power supply; if you have already used the unit, there is a build up of power stored in the capacitors. I have taken the risk to open up this unit for you so that you can see what the inside looks like. The large fan that will suck in fresh air from inside your case and blow it through the power supply is a Muhua Industrial MH13525M12D 12v fan.
When you continue poking around inside the Miniplant, there is a large capacitor, a Nichicon, is rated at 50v, and has a tolerance of 85 degrees Celsius, which is another reason that the cooling inside of a power supply is so important. If the capacitors were to burst, the unit would no longer work. There are heatsinks all over the inside of the Miniplant, just for that reason. Where all of the power wires for the connectors hook into the PFC of the power supply, you are able to see that there is a secondary board off to the side. This is where the voltages are regulated, minimizing the droop of power under heavy load. Taking a look at the inside from a top view, you are able to see how strategically the heatsinks were placed around all of the components are are going to get very warm.
The Miniplant hosts many different power connectors, which allow you to use it on a large variety of setups. The main power connector is a 20+4-pin connector, allowing it to be used on the newer motherboards, as well as the older ones that only require a 20-pin connector. As far as PCI-E connectors go, you should be covered with this powersupply; it has three eight-pin connectors and two six-pin connectors. As I had mentioned previously, it has two adapters that allow the eight-pin to be converted to six-pin. There is one four-pin connector to add extra power to the CPU. There are six SATA power connectors, which will allow you to power just about as many hard drives that you many need, as well as a few optical drives that you may connect to your computer. The four-pin connectors, that are becoming more obsolete, and usually only power fans inside your case now-a-days, are plentiful on the power supply. There are six of them, and at the end of each line there is a floppy drive power connector, allowing you to have two floppy drives installed.
Now that we know what the Tuniq Miniplant 950W powersupply looks like on the inside and out, let's see what the specifications of it are.
|Type||ATX Form Factor 12V V2.3 / SSI standard EPS 12V V2.91|
|Dimension (W / H / D)||158(W) x 148(L) x 90(H) (mm)|
|Input Voltage||110~230V (Auto Range)|
|Input Current||12A@ 115 Vac / 6.3A@ 230 Vac|
|Input Frequency Range||50~60 Hz|
|Power Good Signal||100~500 ms|
|Hold Up Time||>17 ms|
81%(170W) / 85%(425W) / 82%(850W)
|Protection||OCP/ OUP/ SCP/ OPP/ Short/ Full Protection|
|Output Capacity||929 Watts Continuous|
|Max. Output Capacity||929 Watts|
|Operation Temperature||0~50â„ƒï¼ˆNominal Input Voltageï¼‰|
|Safety||OCP, OUP, SCP, OPP, USA & EU|
|Fan||120mm fan with intelligent speed control|
|Connector||M/B 20+4 Pin Connector x 1
PCI-E 8 Pin x 3
PCI-E 6 Pin x 2 (4 with convertor)
4 Pin Peripheral x 6
SATA x 8
4 Pin Floppy x 2
- Highest Wattage 80+ Power supply on the market in the standard PS2 Form Factor
- Standard PS2: 158 x 148 x 90mm
- Japanese Ripple Capacitor
- Conformed with SLI
- High efficiency 80 plus
- All kinds of protection circuits (OCP/OUP/SCP/OPP)
- Active PFC
- 3-year warranty
To properly test the Tuniq Miniplant 950 Watt power supply, I will be using a digital multimeter to gather readings of the different rails of the power supply. I will be doing this under two conditions. The first will be idle testing, measured after the computer has been started up and sitting for about a half an hour. The second condition will be measured while the computer is performing different tasks back-to-back, such as an OCCT 30 minute stress test, as well as 3DMark06. Our current testing methodology revolves around testing each independent rail with a multimeter to verify the lack of droop, and to ensure that the voltage is maintained within specifications. In the near future OverclockersClub will follow a more formal load testing methodology to provide a more in-depth analysis of the power supply. Keep checking back for that change.
- Processor: Intel E6600 @ 3400MHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin PC2-6400 (4GB)
- Video Card: Sapphire HD3850
- Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 16MB cache SATA
- Optical Drive(s): Lite-on DVD-RW
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
- Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
Comparison Power Supplies:
The Tuniq Miniplant 950W power supply did exactly what I needed it to do: power the system that I had put it in. Not only did it power the system that I put it in, it also was able to deliver the power over the rails in a very effective and efficient way; they did not fluctuate very much at all.
What is there to say about the Tuniq Miniplant? This power supply boasts a bundle of great features and lives up to its name. When I thought of Miniplant, the first thing that comes to mind is a power plant, which you could associate with this power supply in a few different ways. The first way is obvious, the power supply is rated to deliver a very large amount of power to the components that are inside of your computer. Another way that is similar to a power plant is how efficiently the power supply was able to deliver the power over the many different rails that are inside the unit, including the four 12V rails. The third way that I associated the Miniplant with a power plant is because of all the safety features that are included with this power supply, which are very similar to a power plant, where safety comes first. The fact that the power supply does not come with an LED fan may seem like a negative, however, at night those LED fans can get quite annoying and, to me, take away from the overall good looks of a powersupply. They make it look cheaper than it really is. I was pleased to see that the Miniplant came with a 3-year warranty, which adds a certain amount of value to the unit. The Miniplant comes with a very large price tag that could be hard to justify, however this power supply was able to deliver decent performance for what I could test with. When added in with the warranty I believe that it would be worth the price. As for SLI Ready I could not located this PSU anywhere on Nvidia's site as a recommended PSU for SLI setups.
In the near future, OverclockersClub will be changing the format of its power supply reviews to supply the end user with a more thorough analysis of the power supply, including load testing up to the rated capacity to check for the rated output, as well as the voltage measurements and electronic noise. Stay tuned for our new testing methodology.
Update, Tuniq has just informed us that the Miniplant is now both SLI Certified for use with 2 8800 Ultra's and is now 80 plus certified. These two additions add to the features list for your consideration.
- Sleek design and coloring
- Silent fan
- No LED fan
- 3-year warranty
- Safety features
- Non-modular design