When choosing the components to assemble a new PC (or replace parts of the current one, expand it, etc.), the choice of the power supply is crucial, because as we have said many times, it is the heart of the PC, the component in charge of supplying power to all the others and that if it fails or malfunctions it can induce disaster. For this reason, in this article we are going to tell you which are the best manufacturers of power supplies on the market , so that you take it into account when making the purchase.
Really, ranking PSU manufacturers from best to worst is tricky, if not impossible. And it is that the same manufacturer has different qualities and ranges, and each one can be manufactured by a different OEM. Therefore, what we are going to do is divide the manufacturers and font families by categories or tiers , so that you can know which are the most and the least recommended.
Tier S: the best power supplies on the market
Power supplies at this level are among the best on the market due to their reliability, 80 Plus efficiency rating, power range, component quality, unique features, and price. It will be difficult for you to find better power supplies than the ones you will find here.
However, you should bear in mind that due to their price, these fonts are usually reserved for enthusiasts on a fairly loose budget who will not settle for anything less than the best of the best. For the average gamer, these fonts are simply unnecessary and over the top and will not be profitable to buy, but for an enthusiast with two RTX 3090s and the latest Core i9 who has no budget problems, they are the ideal candidates.
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12
- Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MiJ
- Seasonic PRIME Series
- Antec HCP Platinum
- Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB Plus
- Corsair AXi Series
Tier 1: the best fonts for all users
Tier 1 power supplies are the most recommended option for all those users who can afford it, because being sources of excellent quality they have a slightly more affordable price than those of Tier S and without giving up almost any of their characteristics (they simply tend to be of lower powers, lower 80 Plus certifications, etc.).
- be quiet! Straight Power 11
- Enermax Platimax
- Bitphoenix Whisper
- Corsair AX / HX / HXi / RMi / RMx / SF Series
- Cooler Master V-Series
- FSP Aurum PT Series
- Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker Series
- Seasonic Focus Gold / Focus Plus Gold Series
- Seasonic Focus Plus Platinum
- Seasonic SnowSilent Series
- Seasonic X-Series
- LEPA G1600
- Silverstone Nightjar NJ600
- FSP Hydro PTM Series
- Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Series
- EVGA G2 / P2 / T2 Series
- EVGA G1 1000
- Super Flower Leadex
Tier 2: good quality at a reasonable price
The power supplies in this category are already beginning to distance themselves from what we could consider as the best “at something”, but they are a suitable option for users who are on a tight budget because they continue to offer good quality, versatility, protections and efficiency at a price substantially lower than in the previous categories.
- Cooler Master V Semi modular Series
- EVGA GS / G1 + / GQ / G3 Series
- Enermax Digifanless
- Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G / Grand Series / Grand RGB Series
- FSP Hydro G Series
- Seasonic M12II EVO / S12G / G-Series
- be quiet! Pure Power 11
- Corsair CX Series
- Fractal Design Newton R3 / Edison M / Tesla R2 Series
- Antec EDGE / TruePower Classic Series
- Rosewill Fortress / Capstone / Quark Series.
Tier 3: the best cheap power supplies
We are now entering a territory in which the majority of “normal” PC gamers and users move in most cases. They are functional sources that do not offer much but cheap enough to be able to enter tighter budgets offering a minimum of quality and protection. Obviously we cannot ask for the efficiency or the functionality of the previous tiers, but within what is possible they are still recommended sources.
As far as we are concerned, we would never recommend a power supply below this category.
- Cougar GX-S Series
- FSP Aurum CM / Pro Series
- Super Flower Platinum King
- Zalman EBT
- Enermax Revolution SFX
- Fractal Design Integra M / Tesla R2 Series
- Rosewill Photon / Lightning / Silent Night / Tachyon Series
- EVGA BQ / B3 Series
- Lian Li SFX-L Series
- Silverstone SFX / Gold Evolution / Strider Titanium / Strider Gold S Series
- LEPA G Series
- Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB / Smart / EVO Blue Series.
Tiers 4, 5 and 6: “just enough” fonts for a low budget
Starting with Tier 4, we are already talking about power supplies of questionable quality despite the fact that unfortunately it is the most extensive catalog of most manufacturers. They are sources that work, but that lose in terms of quality, reliability, functionality and of course efficiency.
Tier 5 sources are going downhill and unbraked, and consist of the cheapest options from the manufacturers. They are certainly not recommended at all.
Finally, Tier 6 are the worst power supplies on the market and one that users should avoid at all costs. They use low-quality components, they have a very low efficiency that will raise the electricity bill and they also have quite poor reliability, some even doing without basic things such as protections.
|Tier 4||Tier 5||Tier 6|
|Enermax Revolution X’t II||Enermax NaXn||FSP Raider Series|
|Fractal Design Tesla R2||Silverstone SFX||OCZ Fatal1ty|
|Silverstone Strider Plus||Antec Basiq Series BP||Silverstone Essential Series|
|Cougar LX||Rosewill glacier||EVGA W1|
|Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite||EVGA B1||Corsair VS Series|
|Cooler Master GM Series||XFX XT||Cooler Master B2 Series|
|EVGA BQ||LEPA MX-F1|
|Thermaltake Toughpower Gold Series||Rosewill hive|
|Thermaltake paris||Rosewill ARC M|
|Antec Neo Eco Series||Fractal Design Integra R2|
|Antec EarthWatts Green Series||NZXT HALE 82 V2|
|Antec High Current Gamer Series||Thermaltake Toughpower Standard Series|
|Inwin Classic Series||Thermaltake Litepower Series|
|Seasonic M12II||Antec VP Series|
|Seasonic ECO||Bitfenix BPA|
|Seasonic S12II||FSP Hexa|
|Corsair Gaming Series||Cooler Master Elite Series|
|be quiet! Power Zone||Thermaltake TR2 Series|
|be quiet! Straight Power 11||EVGA N1|