In today's computer world power supplies seem to be a dime a dozen! One could go mad trying to find the right unit to power a high end computer. There are all the different brands and the wide range of power ratings to consider, not to mention the extra features like modular cabling, fan arrangements, and LED lighting.
Mushkin is a well recognized name in the computer enthusiast's market, but originally for their "enhanced" system memory, not power supplies. They have been in business since 1994, but their line of power supplies is only a few years old, and this happens to be the first review of any one of their products here at Bigbruin.com. They sent over a power supply that includes many unique features, the "HP-580AP 580W Enhanced Power Supply". This unit sports a total power rating of 580W and quad 12V rails, but one of the interesting features is described as "RailFusion technology" which allows the four 12V rails to be automatically combined into one rail if needed.
Before getting to the review of the HP-580AP 580W Enhanced Power Supply, let's take a look at the features and specifications as taken from the Mushkin website.
» Advanced Thermal & Acoustic Design: Automatically varies the PSU fan speed depending on the system load and temperature, allowing for the most stable and quiet computing environment no matter what programs are running.
» RailFusion: Responds to increased loads by automatically combining the +12V rails, providing ample power for multi GPU systems
» Power Conditioning: Provides ultra-low ripple (1%) and superior voltage regulation (1%) under all load levels
» QuadRail: Provides four independent +12V rails for balanced power distribution
» VersaPlug: Allows for an organized case and improves airflow by using only the required cables. Compatible with ATX, ATX12V, EPS, and BTX standards (20/24-pin ATX, 4/8-pin +12V). Includes two PCIe cables for multi-GPU systems and eight SATA power connectors.
» High Efficiency
» Active PFC
The retail box for the Mushkin Enhanced 580W Power Supply looks very simple and clean with some information and an image printed on a white background. The back of the package looks similar, but lists the general features of the power supply. The side of the package (not shown) lists the specifications and contents for the unit (although one listed item was not included). Inside of this box there is a smaller box for the modular cables and accessories.