Apevia Warlock 900W PSU ReviewSagittaria - April 6, 2008
I'll test the power supply by running a series of hardware-intensive programs - benchmarks such as 3dmark06 tend to be the most laborious by working the memory, processor, and graphics card at the same time. During this, I'll be monitoring voltages with my trusty multi-meter, comparing them to idle voltages and other power supplies in the same range. Due to the construction of most divided rail PSUs, the voltages remain generally the same, as these rails are not truly separate - they share components. In this case, I'll be measuring the first 12V rail (Molex) in the Warlock.
- Radio Shack 15 Channel Multimeter
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2400MHz @ 3528MHz (441x8, 1.54V) Rev. B2
- Motherboard: eVGA 680i SLI T1 (P31 BIOS)
- Memory: Crucial Tracer 2x1GB DDR2-800 @ 882 (4-4-4-12 1T 2.250V)
- Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB AR @ 580/1750 Rev. A2
- Power Supply: Apevia Warlock 900W
- Hard Drives: 2xWestern Digital Caviar SE 80GB RAID-0
- Hard Drive: 1xSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
- Optical: NEC-3550A IDE DVD±R
- Optical: Pioneer A06 IDE DVD±R
- O/S: Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit
- Comparison Power Supply: Etasis ET850 850W
- Comparison Power Supply: Ultra X-Finity 800W
I was very surprised when I found the results. The Warlock held its voltages down very well, beating the X-Finity and rivaling the Etasis - which is regarded as one of the best quality PSUs around. It looks like Apevia might have a winner! I could not pick out the PSU fan at all during load, thanks to the unit's large, thermally controlled fan.