Cooler Mas­ter G700

Power to the Masses

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // CHONG JINN WEI

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

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