HardwareCanuck Review Editor
- Feb 26, 2007
Enermax Pro82+ 625W Power Supply Review
Product Number: ERP625AWT
Price: Click Here to Compare Prices
Manufacturer’s Product Page: Enermax Technology Corporation
Fan Size: 1x 120mm
Warranty: 3 Years
If you have been living under a rock for the last few years you are probably completely oblivious to a company called Enermax and the weight their name bears in the power supply industry. Since you are reading this I would guess that you have some knowledge of who Enermax is and what they represent to enthusiasts all over the world. They have long been known for releasing high quality power supplies which cater to both novices and seasoned veteran computer builders. Indeed, when they release a new line of power supplies, ears perk up and people begin searching high and low for where they can find their latest Enermax fix. Welcome to a day that Enermax fans have been waiting for: the debut of not one but two new power supply lines in the guise of the Pro82 and Modu82+ series. In this review we will be putting the Pro82+ 625W under the microscope.
We said two new lines of power supplies but in reality the Pro82+ and Modu82+ are both basically the same power supply with and without a modular interface. Both of these power supplies come in a wide range of outputs from 385W all the way up to 625W and promise to be extremely efficient and quiet. Actually, let’s talk a bit about this claim to efficiency since market trends have really begun to show that with increasing energy costs and a greater focus on the environment; green sells. So, Enermax is hoping to get in on the ground floor of this green revolution by offering good efficiency numbers in a power supply that is well priced and will appeal to almost everyone. It used to be that efficiency, well priced and the name Enermax were mutually exclusive but it seems with these new power supplies Enermax is going a different route this time around.
It seems that with the Pro82+ 625W, Enermax is firmly targeting the more budget-minded consumer who is looking for a no-frills power supply which is easy on their wallet while offering the legendary stability Enermax has been known for. By pricing this unit around the $120 mark, they have ensured that it is well-placed to compete directly with power supplies like the OCZ GameXstream 600W and the Silverstone Olympia 650W. While this is some stiff competition, Enermax is hell-bent on breaking into this lucrative market niche.
At the risk of editorializing, I have to say that I am a firm believer in a consumer’s right to fair and just warranty practices by a company whose product they are buying. In the past, Enermax’s warranty support here in Canada was lacking to the point where we were stunned by the numbers of RMA issues customers were experiencing. After a very frank discussion with Comtronic (who handles all of Enermax’s RMA requests here in Canada) we have determined that the RMA process has been streamlined and is now working like a well-oiled machine. With RMA depots spread around Canada, you can rest assured your 3-year warranty will be well covered by Comtronic.
So, it seems like the ball is in Enermax’s court on this one. Let’s see how they do.