Cooler Master G700
Power to the Masses
A PSU (Power Supply Unit) is an essential part in any computer as it determines what components a user can fit within their system. Simply put, the more powerful a component, the more power is required to run it. This then begs the question, should you skim on wattage to save some cash, or get a PSU that can support future expansions? If you’ve found yourself in such a dilemma, consider Cooler Master’s G700, a down-to-earth PSU that is designed to meet a variety of power requirements.
Similar to other Cooler Master PSUs, the G700 comes with an 80 PLUS Bronze certification. This means users can expect it to perform more efficiently, without wasting too much wattage. The G700 also comes with all the necessary connectors to power up your components and motherboard. Those looking to build their systems with a simple dual graphics card set up in either NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire configurations can easily do so, thanks to its four 6+2 PCI-e pin connectors, which will provide enough power for each card.
In terms of circuit protection, the G700 comes with multiple forms of safety measures. These include Short Circuit Protection (SCP); Over Current Protection (OCP); Over Power Protection (OPP); and Over Voltage Protection (OVP). Thanks to these protective layers, users can rest assured that their components are safe from various kinds of voltage damage. On the topic of voltage, the G700 also comes with a single +12V rail for superior load balancing and VGA compatibility to ensure system stability.
To test the performance of this PSU, we connected it to our testbed through a power meter. With each test we took a reading from the power meter as many as three times, to check the PSU’s overall efficiency. The first reading we took was to check for phantom power consumption while the system was still off. Though we did detect some power consumption, it stayed at an average of 3.85W, which is quite negligible. Satisfied, we then powered up the system and let it idle to stabilize its readings and we recorded an average of 82.2W being used.
Following these simple tests, we decided to stress the G700 by running PCMark7’s Productivity test. We noted an average of 196.1W was used. This is undoubtedly a little high but despite that the system still ran smoothly without any problems. Not letting it off just yet, we stressed it even more with the graphics intensive game, Crysis 3, to see how much power this PSU used to run the game. We found the power consumption to stabilize at an average of 277.1W, which is surprisingly good.
The Cooler Master G700 is a reliable and efficient PSU that is ideal for mainstream users. Thanks to its host of protective measures and efficient performance, users can rest assured that their system will be safe from voltage damage, while being able to run their programs with ease. If you are looking for that missing component for your computer, consider this highly flexible PSU.
This 120mm fan allows the PSU to stay cool while still running relatively silent