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Cooler Master launches £900 MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ PSU

by Parm Mann on 8 March 2017, 15:21

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The increased efficiency of modern-day components is such that elaborate power supplies have become something of a dying breed in recent years. A mid-range model with, say, 500W capacity is sufficient for even a high-end build, and you needn't spend more than £100 for a quality unit from a well-regarded manufacturer.

On the other hand, there's no harm in a product that is so massively over-engineered that it makes zero sense for the masses but appeals specifically to the enthusiast seeking nothing but the very best. If that sounds like you, take a look at Cooler Master's latest supply, the £900 MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ.

First revealed at CES in January and now heading to retail stores, this 1,200W unit is said to have been created by 40 engineers who have spent 165,000 hours creating what they claim "might very well be the last power supply you'll ever buy."

The key selling point, as the name suggests, is that the supply is made in Japan (MIJ) using a combination of Japanese and German components. Designed to celebrate Cooler Master's 25th anniversary and co-developed with Japanese manufacturer Murata, the unit exceeds 80 Plus Titanium efficiency and features a 135mm Silencio FP fan that doesn't spin into action until the supply hits 50 per cent load.

Cooler Master has curiously chosen to stick with an analogue platform and there are a few unique aspects to consider. The fully-modular cables, for example, use a new type of flat connector that we're told offers improved surface contact to "efficiently carry 1.5x the current of normal connectors." Murata has also designed a stacked transformer the likes of which we've not seen before, and the unit is also able to offer independent power conversion for the 5V and 3.3V rails.

We don't doubt that the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ will have the beating of most competitors in terms of efficiency, ripple and temperature, yet there are a couple of snags to contend with. A length of 224mm makes the supply larger than average, and an analogue PSU priced at £900 is going to be a tough sell when digital alternatives are available for a third of that amount.

Still, if you're going to spend £1,600 on a Core i7-6950X and a couple of grand on dual GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, there's now a power supply to match and Cooler Master's claims of this being the last supply you'll ever need are backed-up by a transferable 10-year warranty. Any takers?

MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ Specification

Model MPZ-C002-AFBAT
Power 1200 Watts
Type ATX 12V v2.4
PFC Active PFC
Input Voltage 100-240Vac
Input Current 13-5.5A
Input Frequency 50-60Hz
Dimensions 224mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 86mm (H)
Fan Type 135mm Silencio FP fan
PowerGood Signal 100-500ms
Hold Up Time >16ms
Efficiency 94% Typically
MTBF >100,000 hours
Protections OVP, OPP, OCP, SCP, OTP, BOP
Regulatory TUV, CE, BSMI, FCC, TUV, KC, CCC, EAC, RCM
Connectors MB 20+4 Pin 1
CPU 12V 4+4 Pin 2
PCI-e 6+2 Pin 12
SATA 16
4 Pin Peripheral 13
Warranty 10 years
MSRP £899.99



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Still, if you're going to spend £1,600 on a Core i7-6950X and a couple of grand on dual GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, there's now a power supply to match

The thing is, there isn't a CPU at a 3rd of the cost that does exactly the same thing (lol, well…not until last week anyway), and there's not a GPU at a 10th of the cost that is practically as good.

This is literally spending money for the sake of it. You're not going to improve anything except a few tiny numbers in a power supply rating test. That's it.

It doesn't matter if the cables can send 1.5x more down em - they don't do that. It's over engineered and completely pointless.

If I had a million quid spare I wouldn't buy one of these. It's just idiotic.
I can never understand the overkill purchasing. You had a poll recently about what level of PSU Hexus readers were using. I expected 450W-550W to be the winner but (at least at the time I saw the poll) it was the 800-ish and above area that was running away with it. Maybe a small proportion of you are in serious need of that much juice, but most are just wasting copper. I hope these things are at least getting recycled when you're done, and not just dumped in your cupboards or into landfill.

It's also weird hearing complaints about rising RAM prices from a market that pointlessly puts 64GB of RAM in its PCs! Maybe if you bought fewer chips, there wouldn't be a materials shortage :)
Just as there are always buyers for hugely expensive, way over the top hypercars, so there will be buyers for this PSU, however pointlessly excessive it may be.
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I can never understand the overkill purchasing. You had a poll recently about what level of PSU Hexus readers were using. I expected 450W-550W to be the winner but (at least at the time I saw the poll) it was the 800-ish and above area that was running away with it. Maybe a small proportion of you are in serious need of that much juice, but most are just wasting copper. I hope these things are at least getting recycled when you're done, and not just dumped in your cupboards or into landfill.

It's also weird hearing complaints about rising RAM prices from a market that pointlessly puts 64GB of RAM in its PCs! Maybe if you bought fewer chips, there wouldn't be a materials shortage :)

It's the headroom and future proofing. What's the point in getting a PSU that fits exactly your needs when you can get one for a little bit more that gives you peace of mind, and also won't be working as hard ?

Also, people don't realise how little power their PCs actually consume ha. I have a 650w PSU however I was SLI up until this generation. That, combined with 8 HDDs, 2 SATA drives and a bluray drive (now gone), and my PSU was still OK. But nvidia themselves recommend 750w minimum for SLI systems
Someone at Cooler Master is looking to retire early =)