Enermax announces Triathlor ECO PSUs

Enermax announces Triathlor ECO PSUs

The new Enermax Triathlor ECO PSUs, due to launch in October, are claimed to offer longevity for lower- and mid-drain systems.

Enermax has announced a new line in its Triathlor power supply family, the Triathlor ECO series, which boasts some new features for those looking for long-life and cool-running hardware.

Designed to sit alongside the company's existing Triathlor FC family, the Triathlor ECO is a family of 80 PLUS Bronze-rated power supplies to launch in 350W, 450W, 550W and 650W flavours. Internally, the system uses a large electrolytic capacitor for stable output and Enermax's own load-balancing technology which is claimed to stabilise voltage output even when running spiky loads. As you might expect from a modern PSU, the Triathlor ECO also includes support for the new C6/C7 power states of Intel's latest Haswell CPUs.

The 80 PLUS Bronze certification comes, Enermax claims, from an 88 per cent efficiency when used with UK-style 230V AC input, and is joined by ErP Lot 6 2013 certification with a draw of less than 0.5W on the 5V standby rail while the system is sleeping. Interestingly, Enermax has opted for a single 12V rail but claims it offers the amperage required of even power-hungry GPUs - but which may not be entirely well suited to multi-GPU systems, even in its largest 650W incarnation.

The internal design of the Triathlor Eco, Enermax claims, is designed for high-temperature operation without failure but comes with a neat addition to its feature set: Enermax HeatGuard. Designed to prolong the life of the PSU, HeatGuard keeps the 120mm double-bearing fan spinning for between 30 and 60 seconds after the system has shut down, to ensure all components are fully cooled.

Externally, the Triathlor ECO shares the same design as its FC stablemate, along with Enermax's flat and flexible modular cable design which, the company claims, allows for easier routing and improved airflow in the case. Each model also include the usual range of protective systems including those designed to guard against overvoltage, DC undervoltage, over-power, short circuit and surge inrush current issues.

The Enermax Triathlor ECO family is due to launch in October, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed - but Enermax has set US recommended retail prices at $79.99 for the 350W, $89.99 for the 450W, $99.99 for the 550W and $109.99 for the 650W (around £50, £57, £63 and £69 respectively, excluding taxes.)


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Bindibadgi 17th September 2013, 10:36 Quote
Long life: warranty? (Just out of interest)
Gareth Halfacree 17th September 2013, 10:52 Quote
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Long life: warranty? (Just out of interest)
There's nothing about the warranty in the press release, but if it's less than the three years offered on the FCs then I'd be surprised.
Corky42 17th September 2013, 11:55 Quote
Even there own website doesn't state how long the warranty is :?
But i would guess its the same 3 years as there other PSU's.

A bit OT, but is it worth paying extra for Gold or Platinum rated PSU's
Star*Dagger 19th September 2013, 04:12 Quote
PSU less than 850 watts is a waste of time and money.
Corky42 19th September 2013, 08:00 Quote
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
PSU less than 850 watts is a waste of time and money.

Good to know people still come out with such generalisations, what would you suggest then for a system that only draws 74.5 watts at full load ?
CowBlazed 19th September 2013, 10:03 Quote
The price is a bit much. About double the price of what I want to pay, $80 for a 350W is a almost like stepping back in time. They do make good PSUs though.
Bindibadgi 19th September 2013, 13:55 Quote
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
PSU less than 850 watts is a waste of time and money.

Been running a 350W and 650W Gold for 3 years, no issue. My Seasonic's still have 2 years warranty left! I'd generalize not to bother buying less than Gold standard now if I'm buying another 5 year investment.
Corky42 19th September 2013, 15:37 Quote
Would love Bit Tech to do a comparison between bronze, gold, platinum. Based on UK electricity prices, average PC usage (8 hour?), and how long you would need to run the different 80 plus PSU's to make them worth the cost.

Are gold/platinum rated PSU's just a waste of money ?
How much extra do we pay in electricity for bronze ?
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