In terms of power supplies, it can sometimes become astounding at how much a company will charge for a unit, and whether it is valid, in terms of features and warranty/support.  So when Sparkle are announcing a 1000W Gold rated unit for just over $200, we sit up and take notice.

This is Sparkle's first venture into the power supply genre of computing (previously, they sold only graphics cards), and they are advertising two units, the GW-EPS1000DA and GW-EPS1250DA, their 1000W and 1250W units respectively.  Both units come with a five-year warranty, upgradeable to a lifetime warranty upon online registration of each unit.

Both units achieve 80PLUS Gold certification, which guarantees 87% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% load for 115V users (88% efficiency at 230V).  Both models, which will initially include a $100 game bundle package (via gift cards for 3 full retail games from the Tom Clancy and Brothers In Arms franchises), supply the user with 6 power rails.  However, each of these rails supplies only 20A for the 1250W and 18A for the 1000W unit, therefore limiting power to hungry graphics cards when overclocking. 

The 1000W model will feature four 6+2 pin connectors, whereas the 1250W will have six. This makes the 1000W unit a model to consider if you're building an overclocked core i7 920/930 system with two stock ATI HD 5850 graphics cards (around 500-600W altogether). Part-time overclockers, folders and gamers may look at the 1250W power supply, if running 3 dual PCI-E connector graphics cards in tandem.  If these power supplies are released at below $250, Sparkle could be onto a winner.

Also of note, the 80 PLUS Gold list show Sparkle as having three units achieving this rating, so another unit (possibly in the 850W region) could possibly be available at some point in the future.

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  • artifex - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    I'm considering retiring the Antec Truepower 430 I've used since your 2003 shootout here: simply because I finally managed to kill the Athlon 2600+ system I'd been running it in.

    I won't need a PS this big, most likely (considering an 890FX board w/ a 6 core Thuban, but no huge graphics card), but please give us more than just product anouncements, soon. :)
  • C'DaleRider - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    As the manufacturer of it is Great Wall, not exactly the "highest quality" power supply manufacturer.
  • arthur449 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    How long will it take Sparkle Power Inc. to file a copyright lawsuit against Sparkle Computer Corp.?

    I give it a week.
  • arthur449 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Please excuse my sleep deprived brain. Trademark.
  • Jalek99 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Checking the PSU performance might be newsworthy, that one's available is.. sorta news?
    I guess they must believe they're quality with the available lifetime warranty, but we have to take their word for it apparently.
  • Daeros - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    I guess this happens when the boss is out...

    "... topower ... cardswhen..."
  • IanCutress - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    Hi Daeros,

    With me being new, there's still a little hiccup with the news going from Me -> Editor -> Website, as we're all using different word processors that like to screw up the HTML from copy/paste scenarios. We're still currently ironing the issues out, and as I can't directly edit the news posts, I have to forward any issues I see on to those that can. But please bear with us - it shouldn't hopefully be an issue any longer.

    All the best,
  • Daeros - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    No problem. I am glad to see some new blood around here to help lighten the load. Good and I'll look forward to seeing more write-ups (is that a word?) from you in the future!
  • n95cc - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - link

    expensive,but look seems strong
  • Randomblame - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - link

    Sometimes I doubt your commitment to sparkle motion!

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