Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1200W Review

Conclusion

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1200W Review

Conclusion

As you can see there is plenty to like about the Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1200W, and a couple of niggles that knock it.

With the good, it's unquestionable that the Leadex Platinum looks the business. We love the all white body and the white LEDs, and for this price it has a lot of the external eye-catching elements that will bring it into consideration. The fully modular cabling isn't as ground-breaking as it might have been once upon a time but it's still something that we know people will enjoy, even if there are always some cables that you have to run. Unless somehow you can live without the ATX 24pin. Speaking of that particular cable the braiding on it isn't quite as awesome as we'd like. We understand that there are so many pins it's difficult to get cable that is the heart of your motherboard to be as flexible as other connections, but it's the most important one, so we'd want it to be the best of all the cables. The braiding on this is so far from the PSU connector it just feels lazy.

Performance is good in some areas too, with incredible ripple results that are the best non-digital results we've ever seen. It's unquestionably stable and if you value a ripple free experience above all else then, beyond an AX1500i, you'll be well served with the Super Flower. 12V accuracy is generally above 12V. Now it's not by a huge amount, but it's certainly by a tenth of a volt which is edging towards the amount that we'd start paying very close attention to. This additional voltage must have some effect upon the efficiency of the Leadex and it's here that we really see the first black eye. In fact our review sample wouldn't pass, albeit by a tiny amount, Platinum certification. When you're paying the extra for efficiency we think it's vital you attain the certification quoted. If this was a Gold certified PSU then it would be epic, but as it's a claimed Platinum we have to look at it so and it falls short.

Finally the fan is either average or terrible, depending upon where you're coming from. If you're somebody who's been enduring an unbranded 600W PSU for years, then you'll consider this to be so silent that you can barely believe it. However, we deal with all the current models around at it is against those that the Super Flower has to be compared and it's by no means quiet. Eco mode can tame this somewhat, but it's ridiculous to find a power supply that costs £180 to be let down by a poor quality fan that would cost the manufacturers about two or three pounds to improve, and it definitely needs improving.

So on the good side it looks amazing, the ripple is almost non-existent and you're getting a lot of power for your money. On the flip-side it's noisier than we'd like and although it passes as a platinum rated unit in the graphs at least its the worst of the bunch we have tested. For that reason we're awarding it our OC3D Silver Award.

 

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17-10-2014, 09:15:28

Master&Puppet
Nice review Tom. I was excited when I saw this; white, LEDs, platinum and that price! Shame it didn't quite live up to the expectations it put upon itself but that price is still awesome.

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17-10-2014, 11:49:35

Modzy
This is the first PSU I've really liked the aesthetics look of since this old PSU which was launched back in 06.

Effeciancy aside, Tom do you think that the fan noise is down to the ugle press cut fan grill? Do you think if you where to cut out that grill and install a higher grill like this one that would fix the noise?

It seems like making doing this mod would be very simple and could have a positive impact on the noise level. If it isn't the grill causing that turbulent noise it may just be a bad low quality fan design that they have used.Quote

17-10-2014, 11:54:50

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Modzy View Post
This this is the first PSU I've really liked the aesthetics look of since this old PSU which was launched back in 06.

Effeciancy aside, Tom do you think that the fan noise is down to the ugle press cut fan grill? Do you think if you where to cut out that grill and install a higher grill like this one that would fix the noise?

It seems like making doing this mod would be very simple and could have a positive impact on the noise level. If it isn't the grill causing that turbulent noise it may just be a bad low quality fan design that they have used.
Its motor noise as well dude - I think its just a poor fan IMHOQuote

17-10-2014, 11:58:20

TPC
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Its motor noise as well dude - I think its just a poor fan IMHO
it is indeed a cheapo fan:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/S...es/in_fan1.jpgQuote

17-10-2014, 11:59:14

Modzy
Hmm well that sucks I was hoping to replace my now ageing OCZ PSU with this nice white one. But I may hold off for a 2nd revision of this.

*Thanks for that image TPC. It really is a cheapo fan. Looks like it's even pure dc voltage controlled not even a 3pin thermal or pwm.

I would have been happy to pay even $50 more if it had a better fan design. I'm still running this old thing. It's power Isn't bad but the red lighting clashes badly with my case theme & It's horrid rubber flat cables are the worse design I've ever seen. Only reason I've got it is it was a prize I won at a LAN event.Quote
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