Enermax Galaxy 850W - Testing and Results

Written by Mike Mackenzie    Friday, 19 October 2007 13:51
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Testing the Galaxy

            My system cannot max out the Galaxy. Add up a Kentsfield quad-core processor (around $1500 at time of review), a quad SLI setup with two 7950GX2’s ($500 a piece at time of review), and 24 hard drives (about $100 each). The total comes to around $4900 which you can power 24/7 at an internal 50C temperature with the Galaxy. If you ask me, this monster power supply is remarkable.


So with my components let’s see how the Galaxy turns out. The Galaxy is more than likely powerful enough for me to attach every single drive in my apartment and still provide excellent stability of the rails, I would have done so, but in all reality there is no need as I can’t put a load on all those drives and they would sit idle. If I had a means of running a RAID with at least 4 of the drive then I would give it a shot.


Test Bed

            Intel Core2Duo E6300 @ 2.345 GHz (7 x 335 MHz 1.2v)

            2GB (2x1024MB) Crucial Ballistix Tracer 55512 1:1

            Cooler Master Eclipse Cooler

            DFI Infinity 975X @ 335 MHz FSB

            Sapphire X800 GTO 2 @ 615/650

            Hitachi Deskstar SATA2

            BenQ DVD+RW drive

            Antec HDD Cooler & temp probe



            Once I loaded up Battlefield 2142 and hooked up my digital multimeter to the power leads on the motherboard and an exposed SATA connector, I was able to give the Galaxy a run under some intense gaming action. This will give me readings from the 12v lines on the CPU, as well as 12v, 5v, and 3.3v rails for the peripherals.


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With my test bed there was an extremely minimal voltage drop at load, and was still above specs which show the Galaxy is a powerhouse of a power supply. Such a minimal drop from highly overclocked hardware certainly leaves a lot of headroom for higher end components which consume even more power.