Cougar G1050 - GX 1050W Review

Simulated Load Results (Tables)

Cougar PSU

Simulated Load Results (Tables)

If you've seen the simplified graphs over on the previous page you will undoubtedly already have a good idea of how the Cougar GX 1050 performs. However, certain results from the test can be too difficult to incorporate into the existing graphs, and for this reason all of the result data is also provided in the table format below. 

All testing is conducting using OC3D's trusty SunMoon SM-268+ DC load tester. This equipment is capable of placing a user specified load on all of the PSU's rails (+3.3v, +5v, +12v, -12v, +5vSB) up to a maximum load of 1680w.  As the maximum load for this device on the +12v rail is restricted to 75A we can also call on additional help from our Analogic Series 2000 DC load tester, so that anything up to an additional 166A can be added if necessary. All testing is conducted at 50°C (±5%) with the results being recorded using a Fluke Multimeter and Thermostat.

Cougar GX 1050w @ 50c
   +3.3v  +5.0v  +12v  +5vSB  -12v  AC Watts /
 DC Watts
 Efficiency  Intake /
 Exhaust
Δ Temp
Test1
(25%)
5.00A 5.00A 18.25A 1.00A  0.12A 296w /
269w
90.87% 49.6°C /
49.9°C
0.3°C
3.37v 5.07v 12.06v 5.05v  -11.88v
Test2
(50%)
10.00A 10.00A 36.50A 2.00A  0.25A

575w /
532w

92.52%  50.2°C /
54.3°C
4.1°C
3.35v 5.05v 12.00v 4.98v  -11.87v
Test3
(75%)
15.00A 15.00A 54.75A 3.00A  0.37A 859w /
781w
 90.91% 51.5C /
57.3°C
5.8°C
3.33v 5.00v 11.96v 4.91v -11.86v
Test4
(100%)
20.00A 20.00A 73.00A 4.00A 0.50A 1177w /
1042w
88.53%  50.4°C /
60.0°C
9.6°C
3.32v 4.98v 11.94v 4.84v -11.79v
TestX1
(x-load)
20.00A 20.00A 1.00A 0.00A 0.00A 216w /
176w
81.48% 50.7°C /
50.7°C
0.0°C
3.30v 4.93v 12.10v 5.06v -11.92v
TestX2
(x-load)
 1.00A  1.00A  73.00A  0.00A  0.00A 955w /
873w
91.41% 51.6°C /
58.2°C
6.6°C
3.32v 5.03v 11.94v 5.02v -11.97v
TMax1
(Max)
 25.00A 25.00A 74.50A 4.00A 0.50A 1245w /
1097w
88.11% 50.1°C /
58.8°C
 8.7°C
3.15v 4.77v 11.72v 4.83v -11.93v


A quick browse over the results shows that the GX 1050 puts out its best numbers at 50% load. The efficiency is extremely close to Cougars stated 93% given the margin of error, the +12v rail is at bang-on 12.00v and the +3.3v and +5v rails are also extremely close to their ideal values. Things don't change much either when the load is increased all the way up to 100%. All rails remain extremely tight, and the only result that dips slightly is the efficiency.

Similar things can also be said for both of the cross-load tests, where the GX exhibits stable voltages once again. In fact, the only area that lets the Cougar down slightly is in the Max Load test where the unit fails to deliver much more than 1097w without the voltages falling drastically. This possibly shows that the Cougar is stretched to its limits already and has been designed to deliver 1050w..and not a drop more.

 Cougar GX 1050w Scope Results @ 50c
   +3.3v  +5.0v  +12v
Test1
(25%)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU
Test2
(50%)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU
Test3
(75%)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU
Test4
(100%)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU
TestX1
(x-load)
NZXT HALE90 850w Review53 NZXT HALE90 850w Review55 NZXT HALE90 850w Review512
TestX2
(x-load)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU
TMax1
(MAX)
Cougar PSU Cougar PSU Cougar PSU


Ripple refers to the small fluctuations in voltage that occur in all PSU's on a millisecond scale. Large quantities of ripple on a PSU can damage or kill components in your PC over time and therefore testing a PSU's performance in this area is just as important as any other part. ATX specification states that ripple should be no higher than 50mV on the +3.3v/+5v rails and 120mV on the +12v rails, so what we're looking for in the screenshots above is for all rails to stay well within these limits during Test 1-4 at the very least.

Aaaaand......we have a pass! The GX 1050 manages to keep everything well in check throughout all of the standard tests 1-4 with a maximum ripple of 64mV on the +12v rail and 32mV or less on the other rails. Although this may not be the best results I've ever seen from a PSU, it's certainly one of the better outcomes.

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Most Recent Comments

08-08-2011, 07:34:23

tinytomlogan
Overclock3D power supply reviews are back! With fresh chains on the load tester Jim takes a look at the G1050 from Cougar.



Continue Reading

/PS/ Welcome back Jimbo

08-08-2011, 07:43:17

TicTac
WB Jim!

08-08-2011, 08:55:22

kilobravo
Nice looking psu,but i can get a corsair ax1200 for less money.

Good review though,and paired with Toms video,all corners covered.

08-08-2011, 09:07:23

VonBlade
Great to see you back Mr Jim.

Good to see yet another monster PSU from Cougar too. I still haven't heard any 'whoops it's dead' comments about the CM1000.

08-08-2011, 09:16:13

theWarrden
Great review Jim! and Welcome Back :-) Loving those graphs slightly off topic sorry! Looks like for me orange is the new black, actually no orange & black is the new black on its own lol

Keep it up guys, our tech thirsts need quenching like this :-)

08-08-2011, 09:46:36

Runebeard
"Cougar - Not just your best friends mum" - Priceless!

A bit expensive for my tastes, but a nice looking product nonetheless.

Welcome back Jim

08-08-2011, 09:55:30

Aurus_OC
Great review guys! Hope to see more PSU reviews coming back on OC3D.

08-08-2011, 10:02:28

marsey99
nice 1 jim, good to see your written review style back in full effect xD

for those who dont know try searching for cougar on facebook

08-08-2011, 12:58:39

dugdiamond
cables look like a certain snake

as said - marmite!!!! .........i don't like this PSU

but good review Jimbo - welcome back dude

NB: how is your little 'un?

08-08-2011, 16:55:09

Critical
Jim is the PSU GURU period. It was your reviews that helped me to choose a PSU some time back, nice to see your LMAO reviewing style gracing the pages of OC3D once again.

09-08-2011, 07:06:40

Rimkreem
I have this PSU and it retails at less than US $170 here in the Philippines. Clearly at this price, its bang for the buck. Thanks for the review. It made me feel better about my decision to get the cougar GX1050w.

09-08-2011, 07:13:46

Excalabur50
Great review love the way you have incorperated all the tech specs and put a video to it, I like the idea of this new theme and hope to see more of the same.

Keep up the great work guys!

10-08-2011, 08:32:31

Bungral
Nice one Jimbo mate. Great to have your reviews back.

By the way....

I personally like it and would be almosy tempted to build a PC around the design....



And then stop half way through and leave it to catch dust for a couple of years

10-08-2011, 10:21:40

Kara
I like the look and the design of the psu, however it seems a tad on the expensive side, probably worth waiting till it cools down a bit, brilliant review as usual.

Also - "Cougar - Not just your best friends mum" - LOL

11-08-2011, 11:23:17

V1Viper
Nice Review Tom!
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