Skimping on your power supply is one of best ways to guarantee system instability or even a short life for the parts inside your rig. A new build rarely comes without a budget attached, though, and sometimes a top-of-the-line power supply isn't in the cards. EVGA's new B3 line of power supplies is set to offer solid features without breaking the bank.
The power supplies in the B3 lineup range from 450W to 850W capacity. All five models are 80 Plus Bronze certified. EVGA goes as far as saying these PSUs offer near-Silver efficiency thanks to their use of Japanese capacitors. The company notes that the updated models offer tighter voltage regulation than previous versions, with less than 2% ripple.
Alongside all this comes a nice set of features we'd expect to see on higher-priced models. The supplies in the B3 line sport hydraulic dynamic bearing fans for quieter operation, while a semi-passive mode allows the fans to stop when the PSU is under the low and medium load.
Better yet, these units aren't massive metal bricks with an Old One's worth of rubber tentacles pouring out one side. The B3 line is fully modular across the board. They're compact, too. While the 750 and 850-watt models are 160 mm long, the 450, 550, and 650-watt models measure only 150 mm long each. Tom's Hardware says the OEM for these PSUs is Super Flower.
The five supplies are priced as follows:
All units in the B3 line comes with a five-year warranty. They're available at EVGA's website right now, and will likely be showing up at other retailers soon.