For a small, compact gaming PC, you probably need an SFX power supply. They are small PSUs with all the same connectors you need to power a gaming PC, but without the massive shape of a larger ATX model. They often adapt to a similar reduction power, but this is not always the case, as evidenced by Cooler Master’s new Platinum V SFX PSUs: these compact PSUs offer up to 1,300 watts of PC power.
It is enough to power an RTX 3090, and then some, from a power of only 10 x 12.5 x 6.4 cm.
There are two models to choose from: the V1300 SFX-L Platinum, the 1300W model and the V1100 SFX Platinum, an 1100W model.
|V1300 SFX-L Platinum||V1100 SFX Platinum|
|Dimension||100 x 125 x 63.5 mm||100 x 125 x 63.5 mm|
|PFC||Active PFC||Active PFC|
|Fan size (mm)||92||92|
|Efficiency rating||80 Plus Platinum||80 Plus Platinum|
|Operating temperature (° C)||50||50|
Connectors vary between the two, so check them before you buy. Otherwise, they are quite similar. Both have an 80 Plus Platinum rating, which is right there for PSU efficiency, and include a 92mm fan to keep temperatures at acceptable levels. You also don't have to waste precious space management cables, as they are fully modular power designs.
Both models have a 10-year warranty, which is what we hope to find with today’s best power supplies.
We have not been able to confirm the exact PSU platform that powers the Cooler Master V SFX PSUs, but we can confirm that it is not Cooler Master’s own platform. The company recently introduced its own power supply design with the XG Platinum power supply, which means it was created entirely at home, rather than relying on the design and construction of another OEM.
The arrival of two high-powered SFX PSUs is, however, an exciting prospect for small-format PC builders. With so much power under the hood, you won’t have to worry about hitting the power threshold of your power supply, only if your components really fit into your Mini-ITX box.
In fact, it will be quite a job to fill anything close to 1300W inside a Mini-ITX box. There’s only one PCIe port on a Mini-ITX motherboard and it’s not like there are many headers for many other things. That said, I’m sure someone will handle it – a really outdated PC, which isn’t much bigger than a loaf of bread.
If you’re looking for a new PSU and don’t mind the size, we’ve just updated our best PC gaming power supply guide with some new entries from 2021. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a little longer for pick up these SFX PSUs as Cooler Master will not yet disclose the release date or price.