Cooler Master's behemoth 1,200-watt power supply doesn't come cheap

The power supply unit may not be the most glamorous component, but it can mean the difference between a power efficient and cool computer, and a pile of fried components. That’s why it is wise to spend a little more and buy from reputable brands — Cooler Master, for example. The steadfast hardware manufacturer brought a limited edition PSU, the MasterWatt Maker MIJ, to CES this year and at $1,000 or more, it costs three to five times other 1200-watt PSUs.

Like other high-end power supplies, the MIJ runs at basically the highest efficiency level possible, 80 Plus Titanium. While that technically means 94 percent or higher efficiency, and Cooler Master says it’s usually over 95 percent, according to TechPowerup.

Apart from carefully selected electronics and custom chokes, the MIJ sports a number of useful connectivity and control features. The digital signal processor is ARM-based, and it has a streamlined 3D circuit design that helps keep heat down and energy loss to a minimum. The PSU is also Bluetooth connected, so users will be able to manage the minutiae of their hardware without taking up system resources. Cooler Master’s warranty covers the MIJ for seven years, a long time for a computer component.

So who would need a power supply of this magnitude? Only the most demanding systems packed with hardware demand anything near 1,000 watts of power. Multiple GPU setups can draw an immense amount of power, especially if you’re looking at running three or four at once. A lot of disk drives or open-loop cooling solutions can also draw a significant amount of energy. In general, even mid-tier gaming PCs get by with 500 Watts.

Cooler Master announced both this limited edition 1,200-watt version, as well as a 1,500-watt model on the way, which is likely to blow well past this model in price. The same TechPowerup report says there will be just a few thousand units of the MasterWatt Maker MIJ, so if only the best will do, keep your eyes peeled.

Product Review

Dell’s G3 Gaming laptop knows what gamers want, and what they can live without

Compromise and budget gaming laptops go hand-in-hand, but with the G3, Dell has figured out how to balance what gamers want with what they can live without.
Home Theater

Demystify home audio with our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide

Today's A/V receivers are packed with lots of advanced technology and just plain cool features. From understanding watt ratings to Wi-Fi, we explain how to buy one that will last you for years in our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide.
Smart Home

Gas dryers vs. electric dryers: Knowing the difference could save you some dough

Whether you buy an electric dryer or a gas dryer may depend solely on your setup, unless you want to spend money to get a gas hookup for your home. But if you have a choice, there are some differences to take into account.
Computing

Nvidia is slowly rolling out its next generation of GPUs. Here's what you need to know about them

Nvidia's new RTX 2000 series graphics cards are impressive pieces of hardware, with some amazing advancements and some rather high price tags to match. Here's everything you need to know about Nvidia's new top-tier cards.
Computing

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 vs. Google Pixelbook

Samsung's Chromebook Plus V2 attempts to answer the question: can you spend around half as much as on the premium Google Pixelbook and be happy that you saved some serious cash?
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step by step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Computing

'World's best gaming processor'? We put Intel's new i9 through the ringer

Intel has launched the first Core i9 for the average gamer. Despite some controversies around its release, it’s the fastest gaming processor we’ve yet tested.
Computing

Google Chrome 70 is finally getting a picture-in-picture mode

Picture-in-picture mode is finally coming to Google Chrome 70 on Mac, Linux, and Windows. The feature not only applies to YouTube but also any other website where developers have chosen to implement it.
Computing

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.
Computing

Core i9s and Threadrippers are all powerful, but should you go AMD or Intel?

The battle for the top prosumer CPUs in the world is on. In this head to head, we pit the Core i9 versus the Threadripper to see which is the best when it comes to maximizing multi-core performance on a single chip.
Computing

Despite serious security flaws, D-Link will (again) not patch some routers

D-Link revealed that it won't patch six router models despite warnings raised by a security researcher. The manufacturer, for the second time in a span of about a year, cited end-of-life policies for its decision to not act.
Computing

Apple’s latest feature ensures MacOS apps are safer than ever

MacOS is mythically known for being more immune to viruses than Windows, but that doesn't mean there isn't room to make it safer. Apple is using an app notarization feature to protect users from downloading malicious apps.
Computing

There’s now proof that quantum computing is superior to the classical variety

For the first time in computer science history, researchers have tangibly demonstrated how a quantum computer is better than a classical computer. A quantum computer was able to solve a math problem that a classical PC cannot.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.