The Enermax Galaxy 1000W and Infiniti 720W have previously worked well for us, although these are more powerful and more expensive power supplies than many of us actually need. Unfortunately for Enermax, the ageing Liberty range at wattages below this wasn’t nearly held in the same high regard – the biggest complaint was failure rates were higher than expected for a top tier brand.
The 82+ range is Enermax’s total revamp of its mainstream product line – it replaces the Liberty and the Noisetaker II by providing a bottom to middle power range of 385W, 425W, 525W and 625W.
Armed with a new Pro 82+ fresh from the shelves, a load machine and a screw driver, we ripped it apart wondered if the 82+ could breathe new life into the Enermax brand.
What’s in the Box?
Enermax always includes a few extras and the Pro 82+ is no exception. In the box we get four Enermax branded Velcro cable ties, a power lead and a couple of case badges, in addition to Multi-language manual. The manual is detailed in the respect it provides the need to know essentials, but it doesn’t go as far as an install guide for those a little less adept in PC building. As a non-modular unit, the Pro 82+ doesn’t come with any extra cables or pouches, so it’s hard to think what else you’d need.
The box it comes in is your standard cardboard affair—no Tagan style case or draws here—and even though it isn’t packed in thick foam like a few other manufacturers offer, it still comes with a layer of bubble wrap for protection.
Enermax provides “just” a three year warranty with this unit – even though this should be sufficient for most people, it still lags behind a lot of the industry which now offers five years. Manufacturers that have increased the length of their warranty terms above three years include Thermaltake, Cooler Master and Corsair for example, while PC Power and Cooling offers a seven-year warranty on its units.
If warranty plays a large part in your purchase and as cynical British folk we do wonder why Enermax doesn’t expect its PSUs to go the extra distance. Or is it that other companies simply push a high number for marketing reasons because those going to the effort of RMAing five or seven years after purchase are likely to be a very small number?
For the premium cost of the product, we would have liked to have seen a five year warranty though – if not simply for peace of mind considering the money spent.