The power supply wars have really been heating up lately. While the PSU has always been a very important system component, but power hungry multi-core processors and multi-card graphics solutions make the PSU even more important these days. Lots of clean, stable power is a must for newer computer systems and many manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to provide high-quality power supplies to the PC enthusiast market. OCZ Technology has been a major player in the memory market for several years and started marketing top-shelf power supplies just a couple of years ago. OCZ PSUs were well received by PC power users and have a great reputation and loyal following among gamers and overclockers. For this review, we have OCZ's new GameXStream 850 watt power supply (model OCZ850GXSSLI.) As the name implies, this PSU is aimed squarely at the gaming community and sports some nice specifications and features. Let's take it for a spin and see if it is a worthy addition to the OCZ line-up.
OCZ CORPORATE PROFILE
Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas. We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia's Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset's. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in our manufacturing process for some time. We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune our memory's SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today's rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of our manufacturing process.