Just because the hunger of more and more powerful key components of the PC never gets fulfilled, therefore an anti-US sub-brand LEPA (Lee Leopard) releases a supercharged 1700W PSU in the MaxPlatinum series with 80+ Platinum certification.CeBIT 2014 marked the dawn of many names in the powerful tech league and high end gaming components and one of the remarkable launches we witnessed was the launch of a 1700W Power house that boasts tremendously outstanding efficiency along with all that brute power to handle power guzzler Multi GPU setups and hardcore Overclocking. LEPA (Lee Leopard) P1700M was officially released with the proud badge of MaxPlatinum series with platinum certification and an ultra max power draw of 1.7KW.
A closer look at the P1700M
Efficiency and Power draw
There are 3 models in the MaxPlatinum lineup namely P1050M-MA, P1375M-MA and P1700M-MA-EU with rated output of 1050W, 1375W and 1700W respectively, and peak power output of 1155W, 1600W and 1800W respectively. And since it has a 80+ platinum rating the efficiency at 100%, 50% and 20% load when connected to a 115V line is 89%, 92& and 90% respectively. One more fact is that the P1700M has EU in its full model variant stating that it would only be available in the European market while the other two members of the MaxPlatinum lineup would be available worldwide. The reason given by officials was that the standard voltage input of European countries of 220-240V provide greater efficiency and complies with the 80+ platinum certification and that the PSU was designed in that way only while the standard 115V line used in other parts of the world would reduce the efficiency considering the high power output of the PSU. But this isn’t the case for the other two variants. Unfortunately, the designers currently have no plan to redesign the PSU for international use.
Haswell compatibility and pin configuration
The C6/C7 Deep power state features of the Haswell CPUs make few PSUs incompatible and pesky to use with them since the low power idle state makes the power usage of the system below the least power output provided by the PSU and thus facing an unexpected shutdown or reboot. This PSU (being a part of the ultra-end market) supports the feature along with the other MaxPlatinum lineup.
The PSU has a two way 20A, four 30A on the +12V rails on the Power setup totaling a grand amperage of 140A out of 160A. The PSU has fully modular design and detachable cables and has a single 24-pin connector, one 4-pin and two 8-pin CPU connector and ten PCI-E 6+2 pin power cables along with fourteen SATA power connectors, ten senior needles and two floppy drive power cables.
P1700M has a volume of 180x150x86 mm and the dimensions suit it’s capabilities. The internal components are cooled by a 135 mm temperature controlled fan and this PSU bleeds quality with all solid Japanese capacitors and supports various variety of voltage protection techniques to safely power your pricey pieces of hardware.
The P1050M and P1375M are priced at $260 and $321 respectively, and though the official pricing of P1700M has not been declared yet but would definitely be around $450!
In the end one may ask, that “Does someone really needs that much power?”, well the guys at AnandTech did an experiment with Dual Westmere-EX Xeon E7 paired with four Radeon HD 7970 and overclocked the setup to make a grand total of around 1600W of power draw. Another guy using Four Hawaii giants (4x R9 290X) for mining would require that much power as well, therefore a PSU this capable id required among the power users and ultra-end gamers.