Page 3: Our Recommendation
|Cables, Connection, Dimensions|
|Warranty & Support|
|Price & Value|
A gauntlet has been thrown. We aren't ones to drop names on who threw what, but their initials are BFG.
With the ES-800, BFG kicks it up a notch, and then kicks it up about six more notches. From the black chrome finish to the "no connector left behind" approach on the sleeved harnesses, the BFG ES-800 is a feature rich unit. The rail annotation on the 12V harnesses is a plus along with a very detailed manual. Efficiency in this unit may be the best we have ever seen and should provide the end user with 83-84% efficiency under typical use. Performance based on voltage wander ranks well up with quaility units from PC Power & Cooling and Hiper (read as "superior"). Price wise, the BFG ES-800 is not an inexpensive unit. The MSRP is $230 USD and street prices are starting at $177 USD. However, for a unit of this quality, the MSRP is not out of line, much less the street price. It's also quiet to boot (please note pun). All of this backed by a lifetime warranty (10 years outside the US and Canada). What can we say? Let's have a party!
Of course, we always feel we have to nit pick about something, both for our reader's information and maybe as a help to folks who sell PSUs. In this case, it's a difficult task. The 5V rail could be tightened up a bit. It's very good, but not on par with the killer 12V rail performance. And, we have to point out that this unit doesn't meet the ATX v2.2 spec for physical size. It's close, though, and the dimensions are both on the box and online.
With its flat efficiency curve and rock solid performance, we can recommend the ES-800 to anyone needing a PSU up to 800 watts. You will spend a pretty penny, but with a lifetime warranty you can consider it an investment. This is a PSU that will deliver high efficiency even in a power sipping build, so you can install it in a system and have room to grow without worrying about efficiency loss at low loads and still get very stable performance. To quote Jen Hsun-Huang, BFG just opened up a can of whoop ass on the competition...
If you are wondering if this PSU meets your wattage needs, try out eXtreme’s wattage calculator.
It's always nice to have more than one opinion on a component before you spend your hard earned money. For one, we may see something others missed, or vice versa. As with all reviews published at HardwareLogic, we'll not only give you our recommendation, but also point out some reviews from some other great sites around the web.