Revision 16.0b
Last Update: June 11, 2022

Legend
Green highlight - Small form-factor units
Gold highlight - Best units in the tier. High quality and performance proven by professional reviews. Requires 16AWG wire gauge in pig-tailed cables and quiet operation under reasonable load levels for tier A.
Blue highlight - Quiet operation under moderate load

Hyphen / Dash - Series / lineups separator
Slash - Models (inside one series) separator
Underlined - Opens menu with more information and links to Amazon
Parenthesis / Round brackets - Model variations (which belong to the same position)
Square brackets - Additional description (wattage range, part of SKU code, label / casing color, release year)
Numbers in red colored square brackets - Footnotes, see descriptions at the end of respective tiers

Low priority subtiers - Units with minor issues (see footnotes). Not recommended for purchase over any normal priority units.
Speculative position subtiers - For units positioned based on limited info, but enough to reasonably assume that they're very similar to other units there are proper reviews on. Not recommended for purchase over any normal priority units or even some of the better units from a lower tier.
Multi-rail units - Not necessarily better than single-rail units but provide an extra layer of protection by having 12V OCP set lower than total capacity, which is especially relevant for very high capacity units (=>1kW). Pay attention to rails configuration when using with high power draw components to avoid shutdowns.

Tiering Methodology

Tier requirements:

Tier A - required to be based on ZVS primary topology (LLC or phase shift resonant), have ripple below 50mV under all load situations up-to 110% overload, <=3% transient response on 12V rail, <=3% 12v voltage deviation from nominal. Fan with =>30k hours MTBF at 40°C (generally non-plain-sleeve bearing) or be fanless. All capacitors rated for 105°C. Minimum 18AWG gauge wires for hot 12V leads on GPU/EPS/ATX cables, on pig-tail cables - at least to the first connector, 20AWG to the second or for ground leads.
Requires reviews with transient response and protection tests (OCP, OPP, OTP) either on the unit directly for normal priority or other unit using the same platform in similiar configuration which is confirmed by a teardown for speculative position subtier.

Tier B and above - required to have OTP (just claimed is enough), be based on ACRF or ZVS primary, DC-DC secondary topology, and have APFC with full VAC input range; voltage regulation and ripple should be in spec under 110% overload; 12V ripple below 100mV under 110% overload on all rails; should be rated for continuous operation at minimum 40°C ambient (not just 'operating conditions' but unless proven to not qualify by testing, only claimed operating conditions without continous operation remark is enough)

Tier C and above - required to have independent regulation on all rails and/or <5% min to max voltage regulation on all rails under extreme crossloads and high combined load; ripple on 12V rail should be below 100mV under extreme crossload and high combined load situations and up-to 100% load.

Tier D and above - required to have OPP claimed; requires OCP on minor rails tested, SCP on all rails tested, UVP, OVP on all rails claimed (or a teardown showing that supervisor IC supports that), ripple within specs, voltage regulation in specs on all rails under moderate crossloads and 100% load, all tests directly on the unit; units failing any single of aforementioned requirements are moved to low priority subtier, or to lower tiers if issues are multiple or severe

Tier E - units expected to be qualifying for no higher than tier D but without reviews or reliable information on, or otherwise having characteristics or issues keeping them from being placed on the same tier as better tier D units, or otherwise, units there are too little information on to be reliably tiered

Tier F - heavily malfunctioning protections, QC issues or design flaws leading to widespread malfunctions / DoAs

Low priority subtiersUnits there are no direct proper reviews on but enough info to otherwise speculatively tier them to one tier or another.

Speculative position subtiers - Units there are no direct proper reviews on but enough info to otherwise speculatively tier them to one tier or another.

Highlight colors definition:

Green - Small form factor PSUs - SFX, SFX-L, TFX. Highest priority color, i.e SFF units aren't marked by gold or blue colors.

Gold - Best units in the tier, requirements (in addition to the requirements for tiers themselves) :

for tier A : <=1.5% 12V peak to peak, <=2% transient response on 12V rail, <=3% deviation from nominal 5V rail, <=30mV max ripple on the 12v rail(s) including 110% load tests, transient response within ATX spec on 5V rail. Minimum 1/2/3 total 8-pin PCIe connectors for <=550W/650W-750W/=>850W units respectively with minimum 16AWG to the first connector and 18AWG wire gauge to the second connector on 12V leads for pig-tailed PCIe/EPS cables in case there aren't enough single-ended cables.
Includes requirements for blue color (quiet operation).

for tiers C & B : <=3% 12V deviation from nominal, <=75mV max ripple on 12V rail.
Quiet operation (blue color requirements) is not required.

Blue - Quiet operation. No bearing / switching noise. Sub 30 dBa under moderate load i.e 300W at 12V rail for <=500W units, 400W for 501-749W units, 500W for =>750W units (30-50W load on minor rails). Additionally, for tier A units, sub 35 dBa under 70% load for =>850W units (30-50W load on minor rails), and sub 20 dBa under low load (idle), i.e 100W at 12V rail and 15-20W load on minor rails.
Stock or after manual configuration using software or fan mode switch button.

White - Default color

Colors priority : Green > Gold > Blue > White

See spreadsheet for changelog, methodology, detailed description of colors, review sources and other info.

Check ‘Units index’ tabs and WIP changelog in the spreadsheet or ask in our Discord if you don’t see some model here.

– Tier A • High-end

( multi/single-rail switchable )
  • be quiet! | Dark Power 12 [non-Pro] – Dark Power Pro 11 / Pro 12
  • Cooler Master | V Platinum 2019 [MPZ] [11]
  • Corsair | AX1600i [9]HX Platinum [5]RMiHXi [5]
  • NZXT / Enjie | E-series [10]
( multi-rail )
  • Antec | High Current Pro [HCP] Platinum [11][13]
  • be quiet! | Straight Power 11 [13] Gold / Platinum
  • Bitfenix | Formula Gold [13]Whisper M [13]
  • Enermax | Revolution D.F [13]
( single-rail )
  • ADATA / XPG | Core Reactor Cybercore [11]
  • Antec | Earthwatts [EA] Gold Pro [7y warranty] [4][7] / Gold Pro WhiteHigh Current Gamer [HCG] Gold [7] / Extreme [7]
  • ASUS | ROG Strix [11] Thor 850W [7][11]
  • Chieftec / Chieftronic | Powerplay Gold [11] / Platinum
  • Cooler Master | V Gold V2V SFX Gold
  • Corsair | RMx 2015RMx 2018RMx 2021RM 2019 – RM 2021SF Gold / Platinum [2] – TXm Gold 2017 [circular grille] / 2021 [triangular grille]
  • Cougar | GX-F (Aurum)
  • EVGA | Supernova G2(L) [11] / G6 (<=750W/=>850W) / P2 [11] / P6 (<=750W/=>850W) / T2 [11]
  • Fractal Design | ION Gold / SFX GoldION+ Platinum / ION+ 2 Platinum
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | Hydro G Pro / PT / PTM / PTM Pro =>850W
  • Kolink / Casecom | Continuum C-PL 1500w [v1, C-PL]
  • MSI | MPG A1000G / A-GF [11]
  • NZXT / Enjie | C Gold 2020 [V1, 120mm fan]
  • Phanteks | AMP – Revolt Pro [7]
  • Riotoro | Enigma G2 [7]
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | Focus [7] GM [Gold semi-mod.] / GX [Gold fully-mod.] / PX [Platinum] / SGX 2019 [SFX-L]Prime [8] GX [Gold] <=750W / PX [Platinum] <=750W – Prime Snow Silent (Gold [550W] / Platinum [650W]) – Connect
  • Silverstone | Decathlon Gold DA-G 1650W – Nightjar SXL
  • Super Flower / Zhenhua | Leadex Gold (SE) [3][11] / Platinum (SE) [11] <=1600W / Titanium [11]
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower PF1 ARGB [non-ARGB is different] / TF1 – Toughpower Grand RGB Platinum – Toughpower iRGB Plus Platinum – Toughpower DPS G RGB Titanium <=1250W
( low priority units )
  • Aerocool | Project 7 / P7 [1]
  • Asus | Thor 1200W [1][8][11]
  • Antec | Signature Platinum [1][8] / Titanium [1][8]
  • Cooler Master | V Gold 2018 [MPY-AFAAGV] =>750W
  • Corsair | AXi <=1500W [10] / AX Titanium [1][8][10]
  • Enermax | MaxTytan [12] – Platimax [non-D.F] [10] (1200/1350W)
  • EVGA | Supernova G3 [3]
  • Phanteks | Revolt X [1][8]
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | Prime [1][8] GX [Gold] =>850W / PX [Platinum] =>850W / TX [Titanium] / Fanless (PX/TX) / Snow Silent Titanium [750W] / Airtouch
  • Silverstone | Nightjar ATX Titanium [1][8]
  • Super Flower | Leadex III Gold (Pro) (ARGB) [3] / V (Pro) Platinum [6]
( speculative position )
  • ASUS | THOR Titanium – THOR II Platinum
  • Cougar | LLC
  • Great Wall / Hunters | Titan TF Platinum
  • FSP | Hydro GT Pro
  • LDLC / Fox Spirit | US-G / GT-P
  • NZXT | C Gold 2022 [V2, 140mm fan] – H1 V1 early revision case PSU [NP-S-M, SFX-L]
  • Phanteks | P-GF
  • Super Flower | Leadex V (Pro) Gold [6]
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower GF1 (ARGB) – iRGB Plus (Gold/Titanium)

[1] Units experiencing tripping issues with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega, 6900 XT and Nvidia RTX3080/3090.
[2] Corsair SF units with LOT codes from 194448* through 201148* have potential problems, Corsair conducts a voluntary replacement, source.
[3] Lower than 18AWG wires in pig-tail end of PCIe/EPS cables for 12V leads, don’t use for constant high-load applications or only use the first connector.
[4] Antec EA Pro Gold has versions for Chinese market made by FSP on completely different, worse, group-regulated platform (tier E). Source #1, #2.
[5] Corsair HX1200 and HX1200i units with LOT codes in range between 2030* and 2041* may exhibit motherboard compatibility issues, entitled for advanced RMA, source.
[6] Leadex V series has 20AWG wires in pig-tail cables and lower than 105% OPP, making it potentially susceptible to tripping with high-end, high transient power draw GPUs.
[7] Older Seasonic Focus revisions (Focus Gold, Focus Plus Gold / Platinum, made before 2018) had transient sensitivity issues. Some more recent models are not affected because they were released after the fix (Seasonic Focus GM/GX/PX refreshes, Phanteks AMP, NZXT C/E etc.). Although situation with Ampere GPUs is unclear it’s assumed that there are no widespread issues on Focus platform.
[8] Seasonic PRIME based units experience shutdowns with RTX3080/3090 (and possibly RX6900 XT) GPUs. The cause is not the OCP tripping but a PSU design flaw as evident by the PSU not latching off on shutdown and 1000W+ models being affected too. Doesn’t manifest in 100% cases as it’s also dependent on motherboard model and GPU OC. A DIY fix is possible, of disconnecting a specific pin on the PSU-side of connector 24-pin motherboard cable. Sub 850W Prime GX/PX models are not affected since they’re based on Focus platform. There’s no public information from Seasonic on the issue and whether it was fixed but it was confirmed by JonnyGURU to be present at least in late 2020 revision units and there are user reports with units past this date.
[9] There are regional (China and Australia) versions of AX1600i with C14 socket instead of C20 and with no mention of sub 200V input voltage operation. They’re still identical to worldwide versions otherwise and such can be used under full 100-240V input voltage range but maximum operating wattage under low input mains voltage is limited by the lower current and temperature rating of C14 socket, it’s not recommended to use such units at higher than 1.3kW capacity in 120V mains or lower due to risk of melting the socket.
[10] Out of production, any listings you would encounter today would be either used, refurbished or at the very least being long in storage. Buy at your discretion.
[11] Ball bearing fan, possibly not silent even at very low RPMs.
[12] PCIe and EPS modular sockets aren’t electrically compatible despite they are mechanically, pay attention, misconnecting might result in the damage to PC.
[13] Be aware that strictly multi-rail units (without a possibility to switch to single-rail mode) can trip with very high power draw GPUs (RTX3080/RX6800XT and higher) and/or CPUs (unlocked Intel i7/i9 or AMD Threadripper) due to lower OCP tripping point when the load on rails is unbalanced. Read the manual and balance out the load if that happens.

– Tier B • Mid-range

  • 1st Player | Steampunk Gold [SP]
  • Abkoncore | CR Platinum – Tenergy Gold X50W
  • Andyson | PX – TX
  • Antec | Neo Eco Gold [non-modular, yellow-label] [1]
  • be quiet! | Pure Power 11 (CM) =>400W [1] / 11 FMSFX-L Power
  • Chieftec | Polaris – Powerup GPX-FC <=650W [5]SFX-GD-C – Compact CSN-C
  • Cooler Master | MWE (Reactor) Gold non-modular [v1, MPY-ACAAG] / FM [v1, MPY-AFAAG] – MWE V2 Gold non-modular [MPE-ACAAG] / MWE V2 Gold FM [MPE-AFAAG] – MWE V2 Bronze [MPE] Full-range Input – MWE V2 White [MPE] Full-range Input – V Gold 2018 [v1.5, MPY-AFAAGV] <=650W
  • Corsair | CX 2016 [gray label]CX-F RGBVengeance Silver
  • Cougar | GEX <=850W
  • Deepcool | DQ-M-V2L <=650W [5]
  • Enermax | Platimax DF <=600W
  • EVGA | Supernova B3 post 2019 y. / G+ / G5 / GD 2017 / GM / GT / =>GQ 850W
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | Aurum PT / Pro – Hydro G / X
  • Gamdias | Cyclops X1
  • Gigabyte | Aorus AP-GM – UD-GM
  • Great Wall / Hunters | Gaming GX – E Gold (Frozen)
  • High Power | Astro GD-F V2 HPM – Performance GD [HP1-J-GD-F12S] – Super GD+
  • InWin | P – Premium Basic / PB
  • Kolink / Casecom | Continuum C-PL 850W [v1, C-PL] – Enclave G-FM
  • LC Power | GP4 V2.4 – LC Platinum 1200
  • Lian Li | PE SFX-LSP 750
  • Micronics | Astro GD
  • Montech | Century ATX <=650W [5] / Century Mini
  • Raidmax | Monster RX-AT
  • Rosewill | Photon (<=750W,1350W)
  • Seasonic | Focus SGX 2021 [SFX] / SPX [6]
  • Segotep / Colorful | GP-P <=700w – GP-T <=700w – ZP500P-SG
  • Sharkoon | Silentstorm Cool Zero / SFX Gold
  • SilentiumPC | Supremo FM2
  • Silverstone | Decathlon Gold [DA-G] 550/650W [5] – Strider Gold S (V1/V2) / Titanium <=800W / Platinum PTS / Plus F-PS – SX-G 500/650/700W – SX-PT 700W – Essential Gold ET-G / ET-HG – SX-LG – SX-LTIVIVA Gold
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower GF2 / GF [no numbers] [5] <=650W / PF1 <=850W [non-ARGB] – Toughpower Grand RGB Gold (Sync edition)
  • Xigmatek | Hera Gold – XFP
  • Zalman | Acrux Platinum
( low priority units )
  • Enermax | Platimax [non-D.F] [4] (<=1000W/=>1500W)
  • EVGA | Supernova GA [1]
( speculative position )
  • 1st Player | Armour [AR] – SFX Gold
  • ADATA / XPG | Core Shift 650W [5]
  • Antec | Neo Eco Gold green-label [non-‘Zen’] / Modular [NE-G-M] / Platinum
  • Aresgame / Pystar | AGT
  • ASUS | TUF Bronze
  • Cooler Master | G Gold – GX Gold – GX Bronze 2020 [MPX]
  • Cougar | Auric – GEX =>1050W
  • Deepcool | PM-D – DQ-M-V3L
  • EVGA | Supernova G7 / P3 / P5
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | Cannon – Dagger Pro – Hydro S / GSM Pro / PTM Pro <=750W
  • Great Wall / Hunters | G-series Gold – Titan TF Bronze
  • Green | High Performance Plus [HP PLUS] / EVO – Overclocking DG [OCDG] / EVO [OCPT] – UK Plus
  • High Power | Astro GD-F v2 [HPJ] =>1050W / PT [HPV] 1200W – Super GD [non-plus]
  • Kolink / Casecom | Continuum V2 1000/1200W [C-PL-B]
  • InWin | Classic Basic CB – PF
  • LC Power | Super Silent Modular V2.31
  • Maingear | Ignition
  • Micronics | Compact SFX-L PT – Classic II Gold
  • NZXT / Enjie | H1 V1 late revision case PSU [NP-S-M-HP, SFX-L] – H1 V2 case PSU [SFX]
  • Rosewill | SMG
  • SAMA | Black Diamond – XF
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | Core GC / GM / GX – B12 BC – G12 GC
  • Segotep / Colorful | KL Gold / Platinum
  • Silverstone | ET-MG – Revolution SFX – Strider Gold S [F-GS] v3 – SX-PT 750W – SFX SX-G 750W
  • Super Flower | Leadex III (Super) Bronze PRO – Legion HX / GX Pro
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower PF1 =>1050W
  • Vinga | VPS-GV2
  • Xigmatek | Minotaur – Hera Gold
  • Xilence | SQ
  • Zalman | Watttera [EBTII]

[1] Units experiencing tripping issues with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega, 6900 XT and nVidia RTX3080 / 3080 Ti / 3090.
[3] Units that don’t reach full rated capacity under full rated input voltage range.
[4] Out of production, any listings you would encounter today would either be used, reburbished or at the very least being long in storage. Buy at your discretion.
[5] High wattage (=>750W) CWT GPX based units have problems with failing burn-in test under sub 100VAC input, treat as 230V only (JonnyGURU).
[6] Potentially non-functioning/misconfigured OTP.

– Tier C • Low-end

  • Abkoncore | Tenergy Bronze
  • ADATA | XPG Pylon
  • Andyson | H6 / GX – BX
  • Antec | Earthwatts [EA] Gold EVO
  • be quiet! | System Power U9 =>400W / B9 =>400W
  • Bitfenix | Formula Bronze
  • Chieftec | Core BBS – PowerUp GPX-FC =>750W [2] – Proton BDF-S / BDF-C
  • Cooler Master | MWE V1 Bronze [MPX] =>600W – Masterwatt (TUF)
  • Corsair | CX-M 2017 [gray label] – CV 650/750W
  • Cougar | CMD – CMX v3 – GX v3 – GX-S – LX
  • Deepcool | DQ-ST – PK-D
  • Enermax | Revobron
  • EVGA | Supernova B2 – B5 – GD 2019 -V* – GQ <=750W – BQ – B 700W
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | Hydro GE / Pro
  • Gamdias | Astrape P1 – Kratos P1 [non-A]
  • Gigabyte | G750H – P650B
  • G.Skill | MB-G [2]
  • InWin | A1 Plus – Classic C
  • Kolink / Casecom | Continuum 1050/1200W [v1, C-PL]
  • Montech | Gamma (II) – Alpha (X)
  • MSI | MAG A-BN
  • Mistel | Vision MX Gold / Platinum
  • NZXT | C-series Bronze
  • PC Power & Cooling | Silencer MK III =>750W / Platinum 1050/1200W [FPS-A5M00]
  • PC Cooler | GI-P
  • Powerspec | PS-GSM / PS-GFM – PSX-GFM
  • Rosewill | Capstone
  • Sharkoon | WPM Gold Zero – Silentstorm Icewind
  • SilentiumPC | Supremo [3] L2 / M2 – Vero L3 / M3
  • Silverstone | SFX-L SX-LPT 1000 – Strider Bronze ST-SF / Gold ST-SF-G
  • Thermaltake | Smart BM2 / DPS G Gold X50W / G / Gold X00W / Pro RGB / M =>750W / SP-P 750W – Toughpower DPS G RGB Gold / GX1 (RGB) / SFX [non-‘TT Premium Edition’]
  • Vinga | VPS Gold / Platinum
  • Xigmatek | Cerberus (III) S =>550W – Centauro
  • Zalman | GigaMax [GVII] – LX 700W – TX
( low priority units )
  • be quiet! | System Power 9 =>400W [5] / CM [5]
  • Cooler Master | MWE V2 [1] White [MPE] 230V Only / V2 [1] Bronze [MPE] 230V Only
  • Deepcool | DQ-M-V2L =>750W [2]
  • Gigabyte | P-GM 1000W [7]
  • Montech | Century ATX =>750W [2]
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | M12II (EVO) 650/750/850W [6] 
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower GF [no numbers] =>750W [2]
( speculative position )
  • 1st Player | DK Premium
  • ADATA / XPG | Core Shift =>750W [2]
  • ADX / Curry | Power W Gold
  • Aerocool | Aero Bronze – KCAS M 850 / Plus / G(M)
  • Antec | Atom G [purple-label] – High Current Gamer [HCG] 2018 – Neo Eco Gold Zen
  • Apevia | Prestige
  • Aresgame / Pystar | AGS – AGK
  • AZZA | PSAZ Gold
  • Chieftec | SteelPower
  • Corsair | CX-m 2021 [triangular grille]
  • Cougar | BXM – VTE X2
  • Deepcool | DA-N 500/600 – PF =>750W
  • Enermax | Marblebron
  • EVGA | BA – BR – GD 2019 -B* – Supernova M1 1300W
  • Fractal Design | Anode
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | HEXA Plus Pro / 85+ – Hydro GD / GSM Lite PRO / MX / K Pro / (M) Pro Bronze – Hyper M85+ – HV Pro – MS 600W – Raider II – SFX Pro
  • Gamdias | Kratos P1A
  • Great Wall / Hunters | Fire
  • Green | ESD – EUD – HED – UK
  • High Power | Performance Pro
  • Hyte | Revolt 3 case PSU [iBuyPower SFXL-A700GD-IBP]
  • InWin | Compact / CS – F1
  • Kolink / Casecom | Classic KL-v2 / Modular KL-M
  • Micronics | Astro G – Compact SFX GD – Classic II Bronze / II Full Change – Cyclone III – Performance II PV – Zero
  • nFortec | Vanth [2]
  • Powerspec | PS-BSM 750W
  • Raidmax | Cobra AE Gold =>850 / AE-B / AE-M – Hive S FM – Vortex Gold AE-V – Vampire GH
  • Rosewill | Glacier 850/1000W – Photon 850/1000/1200W – PMG – RBR-MS – Tachyon =>850W – Lepton – Valens
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | S12II EVO
  • Segotep / Colorful | GF-SFX – GP-G [4]
  • Silverstone | Decathlon Gold DA-G 750/850W [2]Extreme SFX – SFX SX-B / SX-G 600W – VIVA Bronze
  • Thermaltake | Toughpower GX2 / SFX [‘TT Premium Edition’]
  • Xigmatek | Hydra M – Shogun G
  • Xilence | Performance A+ X30w [5] / A+ III X50W [5] / X [5]
  • Zalman | Wattgiga

[2] High wattage (=>750W) CWT GPX based units have problems with failing burn-in test under sub 100VAC input, treat as 230V only (JonnyGURU).
[3] Units experiencing tripping issues with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega and high-end Nvidia Ampere.
[4] Two versions of Segotep GP-G exist, older v1 version is non-LLC resonant and they’re very hard to extinguish externally, hence model tiering based on v1.
[5] Units with 230V only input voltage range
[6] Out of production, any listings you would encounter today would either be used, refurbished or at the very least being long in storage. Buy at your discretion.
[7] Early models\wattages of Gigabyte P-GM had massive QC issues, see footnote for tier F entry. 1000W SKU is more recent and assumed to be fixed from the start, although there are no reviews to confirm that so buy at your discretion.

– Tier D • Only for iGPU builds

  • Corsair | CV <=550W – VS 2017 [gray-label] / 2020 [black-label]
  • Gigabyte | P450/550B

( low priority units )

  • be quiet! | Pure Power 11 <=350W – SFX Power / Power 2
  • Cooler Master | MWE V1 Bronze [MPW] / V1 White [MPX] <=550W
  • EVGA | BT
  • Silverstone | SFX-L SX-LPT 700

– Tier E • Avoid

  • 1st Player | Black Sir [BS] – Black Widow – DK (non-modular / fully-modular) [non-‘Premium’] – FK – PRO
  • Abko / Suitmaster | Mighty
  • ADATA / XPG | Probe [XPG Starker case PSU]
  • AZZA | PSAZ Bronze (ARGB)
  • Aerocool | Aero White – KCAS (M) Bronze (<=800W,1000W) – Strike-X <=600W
  • Antec | Ares AP – Atom / B [yellow label] / B [lime label] – VP Plus / VP-P (Plus) – Cuprum Strike [CSK] – Earthwatts [EA] Gold Pro China-only [3/4y warranty] [3] – Neo Eco Classic NE-C (X50W/X20W) / Modular NE-M / NE-M v2 – NX
  • Apevia | Jupiter
  • Apexgaming | AI – AG – AN – AJ – AX – STG
  • Aresgame / Pystar | AG / AGW – AGV
  • Bitfenix | BPA
  • Chieftec | Photon Bronze CTG-C-RGB – Task TPS-S – Force CPS-S – APB-8B – APS-C <=650W – APS-CB <=650W – APS-S – APS-SB – GPA-S8 – GPB-S – GPC-S – GPE-S – GPS-A8 – ELP-S – SFX-BS – PSF-B
  • Cooler Master | Elite [v2/3/4]
  • Cougar | A – CMX v1/v2 – STE – STX – VTC – VTE – VTX – XTC
  • Deepcool | DA / DA-M / DA-N 700W – DN – PF <=700W
  • EVGA | B <=600W – BV – W2 / W2 / W3
  • Enermax | Cyberbron – MaxPro / MaxPro II
  • FSP / Fortron / Quanhan | Hexa 80+ – HEXA+ (II) – Hyper / S / M / K – Hammer – Hydro / K – 60GHS / 60GHS(85) – 60HHN
  • Gamdias | Astrape E1 / M1 (Bronze/White) – Helios E1 White – Kratos E1 – M1 (White / Bronze)
  • Gamemax / Gamepower | All units [4]
  • Gigabyte | BH – “PB500” [not P550B] – PW
  • Great Wall / Hunters | B – Gaming G-series Bronze
  • Green | ECO / ECO rev 3.1
  • InWin | A
  • Jetek | All units [4]
  • Kolink / Casecom | Core – SFX
  • LC Power | GP3 Silver – Super Silent
  • LDLC / Fox Spirit | EC [1] – BG [1] – FP [1]
  • Montech | Beta
  • nFortec | Scutum / Scutum X / Scutum X SM
  • NOX | All units [4]
  • PC Power & Cooling | Silencer MK III <=600W
  • Powerspec | PS-BF – PS BGM <=650w
  • Raidmax | Thunder V2 RX-AP / RGB RX-AP-R – Cobra AC-B / AF-B – Vortex Bronze / White
  • Redragon | All units
  • Rosewill | Arc – Glacier <=700W – RD-Z – TFX Bronze – TFX Gold
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | S12II Bronze [1] / EVO [2] – S12III [2] – M12II (EVO) [1] 520/620W – ECO [1] SSP-ST / SS-BT / SS-ES / SS-ET
  • Sharkoon | Silentstorm SFX Bronze / SHP Bronze / SHP V2 – WPC Bronze
  • SilentiumPC | Elementum E2 – Vero L2 / M2 – Supremo M1 Platinum
  • Silverstone | Essential ET-ARGB – Strider Gold Evolution [ST-G] – Strider Essential ET-B / F-ES / F-ES230 / F-ESB / F-ESG – Strider Titanium =>1100W / Plus F-PB / Plus 230V ST-600p
  • Thermaltake | Smart SE / BM1 / BX1 (RGB) / DPS G Bronze X00W / M <=650W / SP-P (X30W/650W) – TR2 Bronze – Toughpower DPS G RGB Titanium 1500W
  • Xigmatek | Centauro S – Cerberus (III) S450 – Spectrum – X-Power I / II / III
  • Xilence | Gaming – Performance C / A
  • Zalman | GLX – GS – GT – GV – GVM <=700W – LE – LE II – LX – LXII – Megamax TXII
  • Any units not specifically mentioned in the list or spreadsheet until further information would be available
  • Any units without state safety certifications (only ‘CE’ on the label), or ’80 Plus’ \ Cybenetics efficiency certification, due to intent to save money and thus, dubious quality of components and design unless proven to the contrary by proper professional reviews

[1] Seasonic S12II Bronze and related units have or had UVP issues, source.
[2] Seasonic S12III, S12II EVO and A12 – OCP (on any rails) not claimed, nor present in supervisor IC. No reviews with protection tests to prove otherwise.
[3] Antec EA Pro Gold has versions for Chinese market made by FSP on completely different, worse, group-regulated platform (tier E). Source #1, #2.
[4] Review samples manipulation / post review design downgrades / frequent component chances without significant differences in branding

– Tier F • Replace immediately

  • Aerocool | Cylon – Lux RGB – VX (Plus) (RGB) – Integrator
  • Andyson | E5 / E5+
  • Antec | Atom V [teal label]
  • Armageddon | All units [5]
  • Cooler Master | Elite [v1] – Realpower – B2 – Masterwatt Lite
  • Corsair | VS 2012 [orange-label]
  • EVGA | GS [3] – N1 [4] / N2 – W1 [4]
  • Gigabyte | P-GM [non-Aorus] <=850W [1]
  • LEPA | MaxBron
  • NOX | Urano VX
  • Seasonic / Haiyun | A12 [2]
  • Thermaltake | Smart 80+ (RGB) – TR2 non-certified / 80+ White – Litepower (RGB)
  • Xigmatek | Z-Power
  • Any units made before 2010 or for ATX spec v2.2 or earlier due to the age of design and components
  • Any units without APFC or without PFC at all especially

[1] Very high DOA rate and underrated FETs that explode under high stress. Sources : #1, #2, #3, #4. There’s a claimed fix, and some units made after early 2021 seem to be good but it’s not clear to which extent the issue was fixed and past what manufacturing date non-fixed revision wouldn’t be encountered anymore.
[2] Downgraded 230V-only version of S12III platform.
[3] OCP either not present on any rails or faulty/unreliable. No reviews with protection tests to prove otherwise.
[4] Sources : EVGA W1, N1
[5] Source : Armageddon Voltron, other offerings are assumed to perform on the same level until proven otherwise

Changelog

Revision 16.0b

General :
Remove CM MWE V2 White/Bronze ripple issue footnote
Add methodology to the tier list article itself
Remove pre 2019 EVGA B3
Moved a bunch of tier B and C units from low priority to speculative position subtiers

Moved :
- to tier A proper
FD ION+ 2 Plat.
- to tier B proper
Montech Century Mini
CM MWE V2 Bronze
- to tier C proper
NZXT C Bronze
- to tier C speculative
Deepcool PF =>750W

Added :
- tier A speculative
FSP Hydro GT Pro
- tier B speculative
EVGA G7 - preliminary, no info yet
SAMA XF
SAMA Black Diamond
Vinga VPS-GV2
Deepcool DQ-M-V3L
Micronics Classic II Gold [not 'Full change'] - tier C speculative
Micronics Classic II Full change

Removed :
XPG Cybercore from tier B LP - erroneous duplicate
SF Leadex V from tier B LP - erroneous duplicate

Revision 16.0

Methodoloogy changes :
Add a 'speculative position' subtier for tier A for units there are no direct reviews on, add description to legend
New requirements for wire gauge on 12V leads in tier A
Easen p-p v-reg requirements for tier A gold color from <=1.5% to <=2%

Misc :
Add 'Gamepower' to Gamemax
Remove out of production footnotes for EVGA G3, G2, P2, T2, add for Corsair AX and NZXT E
Add notes for ball bearing fans in tier A
Fix Antec EAG Pro footnote
Move High Power #810, #815 (Super GD+) based units out of tier A due to potentially improperly set OTP
Add 'Pystar' to Aresgame
Andyson R8/H8/N8, potentially PAD07 transient sensitivity ?
High Power NO-810 transient sensitivity ?
Thermaltake GF1 internals swap (High Power ?)
Add affilate links at least to gilded tier A/B units
Put a notice to pay attention to rail config (RTFM) with multi-rail only units and high-end GPUs
Add footnote about possible transient sensitivity due to <105% OPP and 20AWG in pig-tail cables to Leadex V
Add note about 22AWG in pig-tail cables to SF Leadex Gold, Leadex III Gold and EVGA G3

Moved :
- to tier A multi-rail
Bitfenix Whisper <=550W
Bitfenix Formula Gold <=550W
- to tier A single-rail :
MSI MPG A-GF EVGA P6 {blue for 750W, gold for 850/1000W}
EVGA G2, P2, T2, P6
- to tier A speculative subtier :
TT TP iRGB Gold, Titanium
FD ION+ 2 Platinum
LDLC US-G / US-P
SF Leadex V Gold
Cougar LLC
Hunters Titan TF
TT TP GF1 (ARGB)
- to tier A low priority subtier :
Seasonic Prime based units =>1kW
SF Leadex III and EVGA G3, 22AWG wires in pig-tail cables, add footnote
- to tier B normal priority :
TT TP GF2 ARGB
Lian Li SP
TT TP Grand RGB Gold (Sync edition)
High Power Performance GD
EVGA GT
InWin Premium Basic, P
Zalman Acrux
Andyson PX, TX
Enermax Platimax DF <=600W
Gamdias Cyclops
Abkoncore CR Platinum
LC Power LC Platinum 1200
Raidmax Monster RX AT
Sharkoon Silentstorm Cool Zero
- to tier B low priority :
Hunters E Gold
Rosewill Photon 1350W
NZXT S
- to tier C normal priority :
Cougar GX-S
EVGA B5
- to tier E :
Jetek all units, add untustworthness footnote
Rosewill ARC

Split :
NZXT H1 case PSU into Seasonic SGX and High Power #810 (NP-S-M-HP) based versions
TT PF1 =>1050W to tier B LP

Added :
- tier A :
MSI MPG A-G 1kW {gold}
ADATA Cybercore {gold}
- tier A speculative :
NZXT C Gold 2022 [140mm fan] ASUS THOR Titanium, THOR II Platinum
- tier B:
Gigabyte UD-GM
- tier B LP :
Seasonic SGX2021 (rename OG SGX), SPX, add a footnote about OTP problems
Green Overclocking DG, EVO <=850W [OCPT], High Performance+ [HP PLUS], UK+ [UK PLUS], HP Evo
Silverstone SFX SX-G Gold 750W
Rosewill SMG
SAMA Black Diamond
- tier C LP :
Rosewill PMG
FD Anode SFX
Green ESD, EUD, HED, UK
NZXT H1 V2's PSU
FSP Hexa+ Pro
Deepcool PK-D
- tier E :
XPG Probe [XPG Starker case PSU] Green ECO / ECO rev 3.1
Antec Atom B lime label
Silverstone ST-600P
Redragon all units
Great Wall B
Deepcool PF Rename :
NZXT C Gold, add '2020 [120mm fan]'

Remove :
Corsair CS

Color changes :
- to gold :
XPG Core Reactor
CM V Gold V2 (Black/White)
Corsair RM 2019/2021
Super Flower Leadex Titanium EVGA T2
- to blue due to low priority position :
TT TP GF1 - to blue due to transient sensitivity, moved to low priority, add footnote
Seasonic Prime PX/TX =>1000W
Corsair AX 1000W
- to blue due to too low wire gauge, add footnote :
NZXT E
Bitfenix Whisper M
Antec Signature Plat. / Tit.
ASUS THOR
EVGA G6 <=750W
Seasonic Focus PX, Prime PX/TX
Phanteks Revolt X
- to white :
Seasonic Focus GM

  • See changelogs for pending and older revisions in the spreadsheet

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