As a company, EVGA was founded in 1999 and is well known in the DIY computer industry for its high-performance video cards, motherboards, and other computer components. Recently, EVGA has expanded its product offerings to include power supplies which of course draws our interest to it today. Currently, EVGA has a few lines of power supplies including the N1 series.
For review today, we purchased this power supply in retail ourselves at a local retailer while it was on sale. We are reviewing the EVGA 750 N1 750W Power Supply P/N 100-N1-0750-L1 which is EVGA’s largest capacity unit in its N1 series. It also offers a 650W and 550W capacity, but we have the highest-rated one for review today. This is an entry-level class power supply, with an MSRP on EVGA’s website of $69.99. It is produced in conjunction with HEC.
HEC Group (Heirochi Electric Corporation) AKA Compucase Enterprise CO LTD is one of the oldest companies in the consumer SMPS business having been founded in 1979. By 1989 HEC had moved into case production, and then in 1997, it began producing SMPS. Today, HEC is one of the largest manufacturers of SMPS and its products can be found under the HEC brand, the CompuCase brand, and the Cougar brand, all of which are retail arms of HEC. In addition to its own brands, HEC has supplied power supplies in the past for Antec, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and others. Generally, HEC has been known for its entry to mid-level products, but with the launch of some of its newer lines under the Cougar brand, it has moved into the high-end enthusiast realm.
EVGA N1 750
The EVGA N1 750 is the second power supply we have seen from EVGA here, we have previously reviewed the EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G5 750W Power Supply with high praise, earning our Gold Award. This particular unit we are reviewing today is fitting into what is the entry-level segment when it comes to capacity, as it clocks in at 750W and placement in EVGA’s product stack.
With that being the case, this unit is going to be running into a good bit of competition which is great for consumers, but tough for EVGA and everyone else slugging it out here. EVGA, though, has had a number of hits among their power supplies before this unit. So, there is some pedigree to fall back on as the N1 750 comes out to slug it out today. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s first see what EVGA has to say about this unit:
When building on a budget, the EVGA 750W power supply is a great choice at a low cost. Supporting 59A on a single +12V rail provides more options without having to reduce your component requirements. The EVGA 750W offers the connections and protections needed for basic system builds. With a standard 2 year warranty and ultra quiet fan design the EVGA 750W power supply will be a great asset for your next build on a budget.
In terms of specifications, EVGA says this power supply has a “Quiet and Intelligent Auto Fan for near-silent operation. Protections built-in are as follows: Heavy-duty protections, including OVP (Over Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection), and OTP (Over Temperature Protection).
Let’s move on now and see what we can expect when a user purchases the EVGA N1 750 power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.
EVGA N1 750 Overview
The EVGA N1 750 packaging is interesting in that it is different from what we saw with the SuperNOVA 750 G5. The front of the package is bare of information save for the picture of the unit’s fan grill. The rear of the packaging has the power label (reproduced below), and the connector count (reproduced below). On top of that, we get some advertising. We are going to skip most of it for a moment and hone in on a particular little gem gem.
EVGA N1 750 Power Switch Placement
The package says quote, “Well placed On/Off Switch“. Well hot diggity, I was really worried for a moment there that the On/Off switch was going to be poorly placed. I mean, there is nothing worse than a On/Off switch that is on the front of the unit instead of the rear like EVERY other power supply. How little good do you have to have to say about your product to come up with “Well placed On/Off Switch” as one of your advertising points. Well, maybe the reason for advertising the “Well placed On/Off Switch” is the fact that this unit has a two year warranty! I would take that well placed power switch over the warranty any day!
The EVGA N1 750 is advertised as being a single 12v rail power supply with a capacity up to 59A (or ~94% of the unit’s capacity) if necessary. The 5v and 3.3v rails have a capacity of 24A and 20A each respectively along with a combined capacity of 150W. Combined with these outputs, we find that this unit has 2 PCIe connectors, 9 SATA connectors, and 3 Molex connectors. Side note, both PCIe connectors are on the same cable.
Once we open the EVGA N1 750 packaging we find the power supply, mounting screws, the power cord, and the user manual. The user manual covers the 550W, 650W, and 750W models over 41 pages in 7 languages. The documentation contains the installation instructions, cable counts, and general power specifications.