Say hello to a new player on the PSU market - Phanteks!

Posted on June 1, 2015, 17:19

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Now to be 100% fair, Phanteks did try to launch their own PSU once - it was at Computex 2013, two years ago. Looks like it hasn't worked out for them, because we didn't hear a word about it ever since. The Enthoo ES700 power supply was based on Sirfa's Astro PT platform.

Later, in early 2014, they were silently trying to make an entrance again - but their efforts slipped through the cracks anyway. Together with Sirfa, Phanteks were trying out a line of high-powered, modular, 80+ Bronze power supplies ranging from 750 to 1000 watts:

Phanteks' year 2014 prototypes
Phanteks' year 2014 prototypes

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Model OEM Platform Photo Operating voltage
Efficiency +12V capacity
PH-EP750W Sirfa Direct12 Bronze II d8af345ff54fb1beda59571a5399ef111.jpg
Universal
~115V-230V
80+
Bronze
62.5A
(750W)
PH-EP850W 70.5A
(846W)
PH-EP1000W 83A
(996W)

Built on Sirfa's Direct12 Bronze II platform known from Rosewill's Hive-S series, the Phanteks EP would come equipped with DC-DC converters on their secondary side, although it wouldn't make use of any other modern technology. Coupled with just 80+ Bronze efficiency level, this performance wasn't impressive then and isn't impressive now, so good for Phanteks for ditching that idea.

2015

Finally, this year marks Phanteks' third try to enter the PSU market. A not long while ago, they managed to create two prototypes - with the help of Sirfa again:

Phanteks' present-year prototypes
Phanteks' present-year prototypes

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Model OEM Platform Photo Operating voltage
Efficiency +12V capacity
PH-ES1050W Sirfa HPJ

HP_HPJ.jpg

Universal
~115V-230V
80+
Gold

or

80+
Platinum
87.5A
(1050W)
PH-ES1200W 100A
(1200W)

This time it's a duo consisting of a 1050W and a 1200W unit, using Sirfa's HPJ platform known from Rosewill PHOTON, upcoming Zalman EBT and upcoming Aerocool APS-DS-GX1. The design doesn't make use of every little trick either (like an LLC resonant converter), but it does achieve likeable results and certainly seems fitting for a modest ~1kW PSU for the company's first PSU line.

The ES line will surely contain some units of much more down-to-earth capacity in the 500-750W range, but there's no sign of them for now.

This year's Computex, which is happening right now until the 6th of June, is a good chance for Phanteks to announce their plans. A handful of power supply companies have already made their announcements - let's hope we will hear something from Phanteks too.

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