Enermax MODU87+ 700 W Power Supply Review

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Introduction

Enermax MODU87+ is the 80 Plus Gold certified series from Enermax, meaning efficiency of at least 90% at typical load (350 W in the case of the reviewed 700 W model) and 87% at light (140 W in the case of the reviewed 700 W model) and full loads. Let’s dissect the 700 W model from this new series.

MODU87+ series will have models from 500 W to 900 W, but only the 600 W and the 700 W models are being launched this month; the other models will be launched on the following months. Like other series from Enermax, the name MODU87+ means that this series has a modular cabling system. Enermax will also release PRO87+ series with power supplies internally identical to the ones from the MODU87+ series, but without a modular cabling system.

Enermax MODU87+ 700 W power supplyFigure 1: Enermax MODU87+ 700 W power supply.

Enermax MODU87+ 700 W power supplyFigure 2: Enermax MODU87+ 700 W power supply.

Enermax MODU87+ 700 W is 6 19/64” (160 mm) deep, using a 140 mm magnetic bearing fan on its bottom and active PFC circuit, of course.

The reviewed power supply features a modular cabling system with seven connectors, with three cables permanently attached to the power supply. These cables have nylon sleevings that come from inside the power supply unit.

The cables included are:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 24-pin connector (no 20-pin option, 24” or 61 cm, permanently attached to the power supply).
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form one EPS12V connector (24” or 61 cm, permanently attached to the power supply).
  • One cable with one EPS12V connector (24” or 61 cm, permanently attached to the power supply).
  • Two cables with two six/eight-pin auxiliary power connectors for video cards each. It is important to note that even though each cable has two connectors, these connectors are installed on individual wires, not sharing the same wires, which is the best solution (19 ¼” or 49 cm long, modular cabling system).
  • One SATA power cable with four SATA power connectors (17 ¾” or 45 cm to the first connector, 5 7/8” or 15 cm between connectors, modular cabling system).
  • One peripheral power cable with four standard peripheral connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector (17 ¾” or 45 cm to the first connector, 5 7/8” or 15 cm between connectors, modular cabling system).
  • Two cables with two SATA power connectors and two standard peripheral power connectors (17 ¾” or 45 cm to the first connector, 5 7/8” or 15 cm between connectors, modular cabling system).

This configuration is good enough for a 700 W product, providing four connectors for video cards, allowing you to connect two video cards that require two power connectors each.

Enermax MODU87+ 700 W power supplyFigure 3: Cables.

The main motherboard cable uses thicker 16 AWG wires, which is terrific, while all other cables use 18 AWG wires, which is the minimum recommended.

Now let’s take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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