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OCZ announces ZX series of PSUs

OCZ announces ZX series of PSUs

OCZ's new ZX-series PSUs promise 89 per cent efficiency at full load.

OCZ might be leaving the memory market, but its commitment to the power supply business has been reaffirmed with the launch of a new top-end range of modular power supplies, dubbed the ZX series.

The new ZX PSUs have met the standards required for the 80 Plus Gold efficiency certification, with a claimed average power efficiency of 92 per cent under a typical load, and 89 per cent at full load.

Speaking about the new range, OCZ's PSU product manager Charlie McMenomy claimed that 'the new OCZ ZX Series delivers on all levels with exceptional performance and efficiency, as well as a sleek modular cable design that allows customers quick and easy configuration with just the cables they need.

'The fully modular design makes installation a breeze, and helps improve airflow in systems loaded up with high performance components.' He also pointed out that the new PSUs come 'with a large diameter ultra-quiet fan design, so consumers can focus on their games and applications without the distraction of fan noise.'

The company has confirmed that it will be launching three models initially, offering 850W, 1,000W or 1,250W of power. Each design features a single beefy +12V rail, which is rated at 104A on the 1,250W model, and they all support SLI and CrossFire configurations too. All the new PSUs also include a 140mm ball-bearing fan for quiet cooling, as well as the company's aforementioned modular cabling system.

OCZ has confirmed that the PSUs are launching soon, although no UK pricing has yet been announced.

Do OCZ's latest creations look the business, or would you prefer a different model of PSU? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Madness_3d 3rd February 2011, 15:27 Quote
More Seasonic Clones...
maximus09 3rd February 2011, 15:35 Quote
fully modular? Does this mean we can do away with the 4pin cpu cable now?
FelixTech 3rd February 2011, 15:59 Quote
Have they made a 90 Plus standard yet?
red4our 3rd February 2011, 16:24 Quote
I've used OCZ's PSU's in the past and they've always been reliable and very quiet. I would definitely consider these units if they benchmark well and are priced competitively. I'm glad they've not abandoned the PSU market.
wuyanxu 3rd February 2011, 16:31 Quote
i don't think it's Seasonic-X series rebrand, maximum Seasonic-X unit is 850w which is rebranded to Corsair Ax850.

like the size of 1250w though, not unnecessarily large.
red4our 3rd February 2011, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by maximus09
fully modular? Does this mean we can do away with the 4pin cpu cable now?

The ZX series come with a modular 4pin + 4pin cpu cable. I've found the 8-pin cpu cable to be a little tight (i.e. short) for a nice" round the back and over" cable run.
Fingers66 3rd February 2011, 16:43 Quote
There is speculation over at jonnyguru that they are Great Wall units.
play_boy_2000 3rd February 2011, 17:46 Quote
I've never understood why some people, even running 480s in SLI feel a kW to be necissary...?
mpe91 3rd February 2011, 18:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
Have they made a 90 Plus standard yet?

80+ Platinum is pretty close to being a 90+ standard. On 230V, it needs to achieve 90%, 94% and 91% efficiency for 20%, 50% and 100% load respectively. I say pretty close because on 115V, it can drop to 89% efficiency at 100% load and still be classified 80+ platinum. And as far as I am aware though, there is only 1 power supply to gain 80+ platinum certification, the Super Flow SF-550P14PE: http://www.super-flower.com.tw/products_detail.php?class=2&sn=1&ID=40&lang=en

1kW and 1250W are a bit over kill for my needs.... However, depending on the specs of the 850W, I would definitely consider it if it is priced nicely.
bobwya 3rd February 2011, 22:34 Quote
Hmmm looks tasty... Will wait for a full review (efficiency figures)..
cdb 3rd February 2011, 23:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
Have they made a 90 Plus standard yet?

They have the OCZ-Z1000(m) and OCZ-Z850(m) both of which are over 90% efficient at 50%.

http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=55&type=2
McSteel 4th February 2011, 08:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Madness_3d
More Seasonic Clones...

Nope, as was previously mentioned, it's most likely these are Great Wall GW-EPSxxxDA(90+) series, like the (relatively) new Sparkle Computer Corp's PSUs.
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Originally Posted by maximus09
fully modular? Does this mean we can do away with the 4pin cpu cable now?

Fully modular means you can detach all cables, including the 24-pin ATX motherboard cable.
Quote:
Originally Posted by FelixTech
Have they made a 90 Plus standard yet?

That would be the 80plus Platinum. You can't really go far above 92% max efficiency without sacrificing some performance.
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
i don't think it's Seasonic-X series rebrand, maximum Seasonic-X unit is 850w which is rebranded to Corsair Ax850.

like the size of 1250w though, not unnecessarily large.

Actually, there are Seasonic X-1000 and X-1200 in the works; some issues are being ironed out, but Seasonic should roll them out by Q3 2011 at the latest, or so they hope.

Corsair does a fair bit more than just re-brand, and the AX850 isn't a re-branded X-850; it is a beefed up and slightly modified X-400FL (the fanless model), with some design solutions from Flextronics' design from AX1200...
pistol_pete 4th February 2011, 10:31 Quote
Can someone explain what the point of FULLY modular is? Removing extra molex or pci-e connectors sure, but why the 24pin atx cable, for example? Is it not Just extra cost for a tick-box feature?
McSteel 4th February 2011, 10:42 Quote
Not sure myself, but perhaps it could be useful in dual-PSU setups, when you only need one 24-pin cable...
Yemerich 4th February 2011, 11:44 Quote
Damn! I was thinking I would be able to play MSX games again...
K404 4th February 2011, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by play_boy_2000
I've never understood why some people, even running 480s in SLI feel a kW to be necissary...?

I'd happily recommend a KW for a 980x + GTX480 SLI. Better to run at ~60-70% of a PSUs capability than running right on the edge of what it can do.

Plus, the efficiency might well be higher at 70% use than 90%
Ced-G60 4th February 2011, 16:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Can someone explain what the point of FULLY modular is? Removing extra molex or pci-e connectors sure, but why the 24pin atx cable, for example? Is it not Just extra cost for a tick-box feature?

They are perfect for sleeving and custom cable length ;)
jonnyGURU 4th February 2011, 17:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Can someone explain what the point of FULLY modular is? Removing extra molex or pci-e connectors sure, but why the 24pin atx cable, for example? Is it not Just extra cost for a tick-box feature?

System builders LOVE fully modular because the PSU and cables can be installed and removed separately. If there's any problem with a build that requires the PSU to be removed, they can do so without having to pull out all of the cables.
Saivert 5th February 2011, 12:33 Quote
Fully modular (I just bought the Corsair AX750) requires more space though.
I now have to buy a bigger case because my current Lian Li PC-101B can't hold the AX750 because the plugs connected at the back of the PSU extend a bit futher into the case touching on the harddrive mounting area.
With my previous MIST 500W (scandinavian brand) which was non-modular the cables came out in just one place of the PSU and fit well with the case.
I most likely would have bought a new case eventually anyways because there are things with the PC-101B that I after many years have found to be lacking. It is supposed to be a silent case as well which it is not. It still requires fan controllers to reduce sound levels.
Synalar 7th February 2011, 12:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by McSteel
Nope, as was previously mentioned, it's most likely these are Great Wall GW-EPSxxxDA(90+) series, like the (relatively) new Sparkle Computer Corp's PSUs.


Actually, there are Seasonic X-1000 and X-1200 in the works; some issues are being ironed out, but Seasonic should roll them out by Q3 2011 at the latest, or so they hope.

Corsair does a fair bit more than just re-brand, and the AX850 isn't a re-branded X-850; it is a beefed up and slightly modified X-400FL (the fanless model), with some design solutions from Flextronics' design from AX1200...

Seasonic promised the 1.200w unit in the December/January 2011 time-frame.
Strange that they would need another 3Q to iron out problems; they are one of the oldest PSU manuf. and the 1.000w and 1.200 units are not something revolutionary to claim such difficulties.
Bindibadgi 7th February 2011, 14:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by McSteel
Actually, there are Seasonic X-1000 and X-1200 in the works; some issues are being ironed out, but Seasonic should roll them out by Q3 2011 at the latest, or so they hope.

Corsair does a fair bit more than just re-brand, and the AX850 isn't a re-branded X-850; it is a beefed up and slightly modified X-400FL (the fanless model), with some design solutions from Flextronics' design from AX1200...

The 'X-1000' are actually used by Corsair's high end AX series. The entire AX series is Seasonic afaik.

There was a news post on a Chinese website recently that claimed the first 80Plus Platinum certified PSU too. I lost the bloody link though :(
Synalar 7th February 2011, 16:05 Quote
"There was a news post on a Chinese website recently that claimed the first 80Plus Platinum certified PSU too."
Platinum PSU from Seasonic?

According to the reviews the Corsair AX1200 should be the best 1.200W monorail unit on the market at the moment. (together with HardOcp as a "reliable" source). The web sites claim that it's not a Seasonic, rather a Flextronics unit.

It should prove interesting to see the reviews of the new Gold OCZ ZX series (1.000w and 1.200W).

At the moment however, everything is rather still.
I just ordered a Corsair AX750 for my PC that got fried via powergrid during a rainy day.

For the new power PC there are other vital components missing.
No motherboards till April.
The LGA2011 is awating SantaClaus,...
just great

In April we should be, rumors according, 2 months from a Southern Islands AMD high end card (even if I doubt that the new 28nm will ship before December).

The Bulldozer comes in April, probably without SLI,...
(Nvidia cards have better picture quality (microstuttering, SLI, fluidity,...))
McSteel 7th February 2011, 16:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
The 'X-1000' are actually used by Corsair's high end AX series. The entire AX series is Seasonic afaik.

There was a news post on a Chinese website recently that claimed the first 80Plus Platinum certified PSU too. I lost the bloody link though :(

The AX1200 is most definitely Flextronics-made (ask Corsair if you will), but the 750W and 850W models are indeed Seasonic, and I reiterate, they are much closer to the layout of the fanless models than to the respective wattage models from KM (X-) series (again, easily verifiable).

As for the 80 Plus Platinum, the flattering title of being the first one to carry an official Platinum certificate belongs to Super Flower, and their SF-550P14PE unit. There was a Delta PSU in 1U server format that was Platinum certified several months earlier, but this is not a regular consumer PSU, so we can "disqualify it from the race" ;)
Synalar 7th February 2011, 17:29 Quote
McSteel;
if they are closer to the fainless model, should we consider them as improved design?

What are plans at Seasonic to be so late? 1.200W platinum?

Super Flower and Great Wall? sounds rather exotic...
McSteel 8th February 2011, 00:22 Quote
I typed out a wall of text, but then my cat jumped on the keyboard and refreshed the page... You should thank him. He saved you.

Anyway, no idea why Seasonic are late, but they should hurry, because the competition is getting fierce.

As for Corsair, it depends on your definition of "improved design". Fanless models were made to better dissipate what little heat they produced, and to better cope with excess heat for prolonged periods, so naturally when you beef them up and add active cooling, they don't need much airflow to be stable. Performance is indeed a whisker ahead of Seasonic's models of respective models, but not really something to write home about.

Super Flower is based in Taiwan, but manufactures most of it's products in mainland China, they were founded in 1991, I think. Great Wall is Hong Kong based, founded in 2001. Both have a history of respectable PSUs, if mediocre, but definitely safe to use and honestly rated. In the last two years they have rocked the PSU world, and you can expect to see and hear much more of them if they persist. Aside from the SF-550P14PE, there are the SF-1000P14PE and SF-500P14FG (fanless) carrying the Platinum badge, with the SF-450P14PE, SF-500P14PE, SF--850P14PE and SF-1300P14PE awaiting certification confirmation.

Great Wall also has a Platinum PSU, GW-ATX400(92+), derived from the GW-ATX400NB. The NB line was supposed to have several more members, but perhaps GW decided to tune them to meet the Platinum criteria, before releasing them to mass production...

All in all, Seasonic have their work cut out for them, and I'm anxious to see how they handle it.
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