When EVGA first announced this monster of a power supply unit, I knew I had to have it for my massive build ongoing in a case that is ~4.5′ tall. After all, the SuperNOVA 1600G2 could hardly do anymore! Can someone call 1-800-OVER-COMPENSATION for me please? Nonetheless, through a series of fortunate events involving me winning an EVGA contest for one of their 1200P2 power supplies, and Jacob from EVGA being extremely supportive, I managed to get my hands on a 1600T2 as well as one of their individually sleeved cable set for the G2/P2/T2 line. Keep in mind that this is one field where I am at the usual disadvantage most reviewers are in that I don’t have access to the testing equipment that makes for an excellent, technical power supply review. But if you are here, then you must be expecting a review from an end users perspective so let me go ahead and do that.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs of the PSU courtesy the product page:
That’s a good set of listed specs if I do say so myself! The first table lists out all the cables included, and there are a lot of them for sure. I am not sure I understand why there are 2 floppy drive adapters here but seeing how they are just that- adapter, not full cables- I don’t really mind. The cable lengths provided will help people do a check and see if they are long enough, and also help estimate what length of custom sleeved extensions or full replacement cables are needed. The table below helps support the previous set by explicitly listing out how many connectors of each type are present. The PCI-E part can be a bit misleading if you don’t realize that the 9 8-pin connectors are in total, and that you don’t get 9+5 PCI-E cables. That’s why I think combining these two tables into one would be better just to cover bases.
Table 3 covers the tech specs of the PSU itself. The most noteworthy part here (as if all those mind boggling numbers aren’t noteworthy!) is the entire 1600W being provided on the 12V rail itself. This does not mean that devices or components that draw power from the 3.3 and 5V rail are neglected- we see these rails can provide a max output of 120W combined, not each. That’s still way more than anything that a system accepting standard ATX PSUs will need. Table 4, similar to table 2, support this set of information by providing some more information that most customers would actually find more relevant. Keep in mind that this is a massive 225mm long unit and will pose a challenge to fit into most cases without doing some work in the vicinity. Lastly, but definitely not for the least, the unit has a 140mm DBB fan with an MTBF of 100,000 hours (presumably at 25 ºC?) which usually would translate to a 5 year warranty on most products but EVGA backs this with a very good 10 year warranty. Having personally used their warranty service (going through the proper channels as any customer), I can say that this 10 year number is backed by some excellent customer support as well- at least in the USA anyway.
At the risk of making this the longest introduction page to a review in history, here’s now a look at the specs of the individually sleeved cable set courtesy the product page (I asked for the kit in red color):
Well that was a bit anti-climatic! Then again it is a set of some power supply cables, so I wasn’t expecting much to begin with. I would like to see the lengths of the cables next to them as in the case of the stock cables themselves, as well as the sleeving material used. Oh, and there’s also one thing that makes these different from the stock cables aside from the looks themselves. But I suppose we should save that for when we take a detailed look beginning from the next page.