PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

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The updated motherboard is compatible with AM3 and AM3+ processors and boasts a bunch of advanced solutions. Among the most striking innovations implemented by Asus, the substitute of old-fashioned JMicron JMB362 controller by a more progressive controller from ASMedia added to the board's functionality. In addition, the manufacturer supplemented the layout with one more ASMedia ASM1042 controller that allowed to integrate USB 3.0 interface. The implemented in earlier version micro scheme Realtek RTL8111E has been also substituted by RTL8111F scheme; at the same time, IEEE 1394a interface has been totally …

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Gauntlet 320 is furnished with an onboard lithium-ion charger that is able to work in autonomous mode up to five and a half hours in succession. Network opportunities are introduced by an integrated Wi-Fi adapter of 802.11 b/g/n standard; this adapter is able to support WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK security systems. High data transfer speed is ensured by the implementation of two USB 3.0 ports which are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 interface. It provides for unimpeded music, video and image streaming facilities with …
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