Any seasoned PC building veteran is well aware that embarking on a new project entails hours of trawling enthusiast websites to track down the most suitable components.

The process quickly descends into desperate levels of tedium with sleeping hours marred by feverish dreams swimming in a litany of spec details, benchmark results, and models merging into an overwhelming mess of choice.

Sorting the wheat from the chaff is no simple task. It’s hard enough choosing from dozens of graphics card models, let alone diving into the literally hundreds of power supply units on the market.

To make the task more bearable, we’ve classified power supply units in tiers from the top of the class to the downright useless based on price point, efficiency, and overall performance.

We hope that our tiered guide can make the experience of choosing a PSU for your next build that much more tolerable.

TierPSU80 Plus RatingPower
S Tierbe Quiet! Dark Power Pro 11Platinum1200 Watts
Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MiJTitanium1200 Watts
Seasonic PRIME SeriesPlatinum, Titanium550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1300 Watts
Antec HCP PlatinumPlatinum750, 850, 1000, 1300 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB PLUSPlatinum and Titanium850, 1050, 1200, 1250 Watts
Corsair AXi SeriesPlatinum and Titanium1200, 1500, 1600 Watts
Tier 1Bitfenix WhisperGold450, 550, 650, 750, 850 Watts
Be Quiet! Straight Power 11Gold450, 550, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
GIGABYTE AP850GM Aorus P850W ModularGold850 Watts
Enermax Platimax D.F.Platinum500, 600, 750, 850, 1050, 1200 Watts
Bitfenix Formula GoldGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Mistel MX650 FanlessPlatinum650 Watts
Aerocool Project 7Platinum650, 750, 850 Watts
Corsair AXi/AX SeriesPlatinum760, 860 Watts
Corsair HX/HXi SeriesPlatinum750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Corsair RMi/RMx SeriesGold550, 650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
Corsair SFPlatinum450, 600 Watts
Corsair VengeanceSilver650, 750 Watts
Corsair TX-M SeriesGold550, 650, 750, 850 Watts
Cooler Master V-seriesGold to Platinum depending on model550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
FSP Aurum PT SeriesPlatinum850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Riotoro Enigma SeriesGold650, 750, 850 Watts
Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker SeriesPlatinum1200, 1500 Watts
Seasonic Focus GoldGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Seasonic Focus Plus GoldGold550, 650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
Seasonic Focus Plus PlatinumPlatinum550, 650, 750, 850 Watts
Seasonic SnowSilent SeriesPlatinum750, 1050 Watts
Seasonic X-SeriesGold650, 750, 850, 1050, 1250 Watts
Seasonic Platinum SeriesPlatinum660, 760, 860, 1050, 1200 Watts
XFX XTS SeriesPlatinum460, 520, 1000 Watts
LEPA G1600Gold1600 Watts
Silverstone Nightjar NJ600Titanium600 Watts
FSP Hydro PTM SeriesPlatinum550, 650, 750 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB SeriesPlatinum1200 Watts
EVGA G2Gold550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1300, 1600 Watts
EVGA P2Platinum650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200, 1600 Watts
EVGA T2Titanium850, 1000, 1600 Watts
EVGA G1 1000 WattsGold1000 Watts
Super Flower LeadexGold, Platinum, Titanium550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1300 Watts
XFX Pro SeriesGold and Platinum1000, 1050, 1250 Watts
Tier 2Cooler Master V Semi-Modular SeriesGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
EVGA GSGold550, 650 Watts
EVGA G1+Gold650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
EVGA GQGold650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
EVGA G3Gold550, 650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
Enermax DigifanlessPlatinum550 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS GPlatinum and Titanium850, 1050, 1200, 1250, 1500 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand SeriesPlatinum650, 750, 850, 1050, 1200 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB SeriesGold and Platinum650, 750, 850, 1050 Watts
FSP Hydro GGold850 Watts
FSP Dagger SFXGold600 Watts
Seasonic M12IIBronze750, 850 Watts
Seasonic S12GGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Seasonic G-SeriesGold360, 450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Kolink ContinuumPlatinum1050, 1200, 1500
be Quiet! Pure Power 11Gold

 
300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 700 Watts
Corsair CXBronze430, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 750 Watts
Fractal Design Newton R3Platinum600, 800, 1000 Watts
Fractal Design Edison MGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Fractal Design Tesla R2Gold650, 1000 Watts
XFX XTR SeriesGold550, 650, 750, 850, 1050, 1250 Watts
XFX TS Series GoldGold550, 650, 750 Watts
Gigabyte XP1200MPlatinum1200 Watts
Antec EDGEGold550, 650, 750 Watts
Antec TruePower ClassicGold550, 650, 750 Watts
Rosewill FortressPlatinum450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Rosewill CapstoneGold450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Rosewill QuarkPlatinum550, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Tier 3Cougar GX-SGold450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
FSP Aurum CMGold550, 650, 750 Watts
FSP Hydro XGold650 Watts
Aurum ProGold850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Super Flower Platinum KingPlatinum450, 550 Watts
Riotoro OnyxBronze650, 750 Watts
Zalman EBTGold650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
Enermax Revolution SFXGold650 Watts
Vivo 24KGold650 Watts
Fractal Design Integra M SeriesBronze450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Fractal Design Tesla R2Gold800 Watts
Rosewill PhotonGold550, 650, 750, 850, 1050, 1200, 1250 Watts
Rosewill Lightning SeriesGold800, 1000, 1300 Watts
Rosewill Silent NightPlatinum500 Watts
Rosewill TachyonPlatinum650, 750, 1000 Watts
EVGA BQBronze750, 850 Watts
EVGA B3Bronze550, 650, 750, 850 Watts
Lian Li SFX-LPlatinum550, 750 Watts
XFX TS Series BronzeN/A450, 550, 650 Watts
XFX Pro SeriesBronze550, 650 Watts
Deepcool DQSTGold550, 750 Watts
Silverstone SFXGold650, 700, 800 Watts
Silverstone Gold Evolution SeriesGold1000, 1200 Watts
Silverstone Strider Titanium SeriesTitanium600, 700, 800, 1100, 1300, 1500 Watts
Silverstone Strider Gold S SeriesGold550, 650, 750, 850, 1500 Watts
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk IIIBronze, Gold, Platinum400, 500, 600, 750, 850, 1200 Watts
PC Power & Cooling Turbo CoolGold860 Watts
SAMA Armor GoldGold550, 750 Watts
LEPA G SeriesGold1000, 1200, 1600 Watts
Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB SeriesBronze650, 750, 850 Watts
Thermaltake Smart SeriesBronze550, 650 Watts
Thermaltake EVO Blue SeriesGold650, 750, 850 Watts
Tier 4Enermax Revolution X’t IIGold550, 650, 750 Watts
Fractal Design Tesla R2Gold500 Watts
Silverstone Strider PlusSilver600, 750, 850, 1000, 1500 Watts
Cougar LXBronze500, 600 Watts
Cooler Master MasterWatt LiteWhite500, 600 Watts
Cooler Master GM SeriesBronze450, 500, 650, 750 Watts
Cooler Master GX – CM Storm EditionBronze450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Rosewill Capstone GGold650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200 Watts
EVGA BQBronze500, 600, 650, 750 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower Gold SeriesGold550, 750, 650, 850, 1000, 1200, 1500 Watts
Thermaltake ParisGold650 Watts
Antec Neo Eco SeriesBronze520, 550, 620, 650 Watts
Antec EarthWatts Green SeriesBronze, Gold, Platinum350, 380, 450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
Antec High Current Gamer SeriesBronze520, 620, 750, 850 Watts
Inwin Classic SeriesBronze500, 600 Watts
Seasonic M12IIBronze520, 620 Watts
Seasonic ECOBronze430 Watts
Seasonic S12IIBronze350, 430, 520, 620 Watts
Corsair Gaming SeriesBronze600, 700, 800 Watts
be Quiet! Power ZoneBronze650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
be Quiet! Straight Power 11Gold450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
Tier 5Enermax NaXnWhite450 Watts
Silverstone SFXBronze300, 450 Watts
Antec Basiq Series BPWhite350, 430, 500, 500 Watts
Rosewill GlacierBronze500, 600, 700, 850, 1200 Watts
EVGA B1Bronze450, 500, 600, 700 Watts
XFX XTBronze400, 500, 600 Watts
Tier 6FSP Raider SeriesSilver450, 550, 650, 750 Watts
OCZ Fatal1tyBronze, Gold550, 750, 1000 Watts
Silverstone Essential SeriesBronze, Silver, Gold400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750,
EVGA W1White430, 500, 600 Watts
Corsair VS SeriesWhite400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650 Watts
Cooler Master B2 SeriesWhite400, 500, 600, 700 Watts
LEPA MX-F1White, Bronze350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650 Watts
Rosewill HiveBronze550, 650, 750, 850, 1000 Watts
Rosewill ARC MBronze550, 650, 750 Watts
Fractal Design Integra R2Bronze500, 650, 750 Watts
NZXT HALE 82 V2Bronze550, 700 Watts
Thermaltake Smart SeriesBronze750, 1000, 1200 Watts
Thermaltake Toughpower Standard SeriesSilver1000, 1200 Watts
Thermaltake Litepower SeriesNon-Rated350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 650 Watts
Antec VP SeriesWhite450, 550, 630 Watts
Bitfenix BPAWhite400, 500, 600 Watts
Tier 7FSP HexaWhite500, 600, 700 Watts
Cooler Master Elite SeriesNon-Rated, White300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600 Watts
Thermaltake TR2 SeriesWhite, Bronze, Gold350, 430, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 850 Watts
EVGA N1Non-Rated400, 550, 650, 750 Watts

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    Tier S - The Crème De La Crème

    Power Supply Tier List

    The PSUs in this tier are among the best on the market due to their reliability, Platinum and above 80 Plus rating, wattage range, Japanese-made components, unique features, and price. You’d be hard-pressed to find better models.

    They are, however, reserved for enthusiasts with a significant budget who won’t settle for anything other than the best. Multiple Nvidia GeForce Titan V GPUs running alongside the latest Intel Core i9 are likely candidates for any of these power supply units.

    For the average gamer embarking on a PC build capable of running AAA games on decent settings, these units veer towards the necessary and are overkill.

    be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 11
    Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MiJ
    Seasonic PRIME Series
    Antec HCP Platinum
    Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB PLUS
    Corsair AXi Series

    Tier 1 - Amazing Power

    Psu Tier List

    Tier 1 units drop down the price ladder while still offering staggeringly good power solutions with unmatched reliability, but once again are better suited to demanding powerhouse machines with expensive components to run.

    If you’ve got the budget, then you can’t go wrong with this tier. Buying tier 1 is also a wise way to future-proof a setup and allow extra breathing room for components with greedier power requirements.

    Bitfenix Whisper
    Be Quiet! Straight Power 11
    GIGABYTE AP850GM Aorus P850W Modular
    Enermax Platimax D.F.
    Bitfenix Formula Gold
    Mistel MX650 Fanless
    Aerocool Project 7
    Corsair AXi/AX Series
    Corsair HX/HXi Series
    Corsair RMi/RMx Series
    Corsair SF
    Corsair Vengeance
    Corsair TX-M Series
    Cooler Master V-series
    FSP Aurum PT Series
    Riotoro Enigma Series
    Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker Series
    Seasonic Focus Gold
    Seasonic Focus Plus Gold
    Seasonic Focus Plus Platinum
    Seasonic SnowSilent Series
    Seasonic X-Series
    Seasonic Platinum Series
    XFX XTS Series
    LEPA G1600
    Silverstone Nightjar NJ600
    FSP Hydro PTM Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Series
    EVGA G2
    EVGA P2
    EVGA T2
    EVGA G1 1000 Watts
    Super Flower Leadex
    XFX Pro Series

    Tier 2 - Costly Quality

    PSU Tiers

    Tier 2 drops down price wise once again and the units sit as a comfortable middle ground for veteran builders who want a reliable PSU without spending their life savings in the process. You pay for quality, but it feels like every dollar is well spent.

    First timers on a tight budget may want to stay clear as the prices can still be eye-watering to the unversed.

    Cooler Master V Semi-Modular Series
    EVGA GS
    EVGA G1+
    EVGA GQ
    EVGA G3
    Enermax Digifanless
    Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Series
    FSP Hydro G
    FSP Dagger SFX
    Seasonic M12II
    Seasonic S12G
    Seasonic G-Series
    Kolink Continuum
    be Quiet! Pure Power 11
    Corsair CX
    Fractal Design Newton R3
    Fractal Design Edison M
    Fractal Design Tesla R2
    XFX XTR Series
    XFX TS Series Gold
    Gigabyte XP1200M
    Antec EDGE
    Antec TruePower Classic
    Rosewill Fortress
    Rosewill Capstone
    Rosewill Quark

    Tier 3 - Reliable Power For A Price

    Power Supply Ratings List

    Here we enter territory that should suit the majority of gamers who want a functional machine with reliable components that won’t buck or fry after some serious usage. The PSUs in this tier are, therefore, more affordable, yet pack a qualitative punch.

    Cougar GX-S
    FSP Aurum CM
    FSP Hydro X
    Aurum Pro
    Super Flower Platinum King
    Riotoro Onyx
    Zalman EBT
    Enermax Revolution SFX
    Vivo 24K
    Fractal Design Integra M Series
    Fractal Design Tesla R2
    Rosewill Photon
    Rosewill Lightning Series
    Rosewill Silent Night
    Rosewill Tachyon
    EVGA BQ
    EVGA B3
    Lian Li SFX-L
    XFX TS Series Bronze
    XFX Pro Series
    Deepcool DQST
    Silverstone SFX
    Silverstone Gold Evolution Series
    Silverstone Strider Titanium Series
    Silverstone Strider Gold S Series
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III
    PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool
    SAMA Armor Gold
    LEPA G Series
    Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB Series
    Thermaltake Smart Series
    Thermaltake EVO Blue Series

    Tier 4 - Mid-Range Affordability

    Psu Tier List 2020

    With tier 4, we approach, without quite reaching, the more questionable models on offer among the seemingly endless catalog of PSUs on sale. They work, but without any additional bells and whistles.

    Efficiency takes a hit without being too dire. Bottom line: midrange through and through, not great, not bad, but are healthy and resoundingly acceptable.

    Enermax Revolution X’t II
    Fractal Design Tesla R2
    Silverstone Strider Plus
    Cougar LX
    Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite
    Cooler Master GM Series
    Cooler Master GX – CM Storm Edition
    Rosewill Capstone G
    EVGA BQ
    Thermaltake Toughpower Gold Series
    Thermaltake Paris
    Antec Neo Eco Series
    Antec EarthWatts Green Series
    Antec High Current Gamer Series
    Inwin Classic Series
    Seasonic M12II
    Seasonic ECO
    Seasonic S12II
    Corsair Gaming Series
    be Quiet! Power Zone
    be Quiet! Straight Power 11

    Tier 5 - Budget Options

    Psu Tier

    From here onwards, we’re afraid to say it’s vertiginously downhill. Tier 5 is where the budget options sit, and the chances are if you are a PC gaming connaisseur, these units will send shivers down your spine.

    For the ordinary mortals among us who want to pour our precious cash into a better GPU or CPU, then these units are somewhat of a boon.

    Enermax NaXn
    Silverstone SFX
    Antec Basiq Series BP
    Rosewill Glacier
    EVGA B1
    XFX XT

    Tier 6 - Cheap & Cheerful

    Power Supply List

    Tier 6 PSUs are a gamble; they may work fine, they may prove to be utterly useless. Our advice is to stay well clear if your finances allow it.

    Any serious builder will happily rant at length about how awful these are. They provide the most basic functions of a PSU with absolutely nothing else to offer. These units barely reach 80 Plus Rating in most instances with a predominance of white scores.

    FSP Raider Series
    OCZ Fatal1ty
    Silverstone Essential Series
    EVGA W1
    Corsair VS Series
    Cooler Master B2 Series
    LEPA MX-F1
    Rosewill Hive
    Rosewill ARC M
    Fractal Design Integra R2
    NZXT HALE 82 V2
    Thermaltake Smart Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower Standard Series
    Thermaltake Litepower Series
    Antec VP Series
    Bitfenix BPA

    Tier 7 - Bottom Of The Barrel

    PSU Chart

    The power supply units in this tier for all intents and purposes shouldn’t be on the market. In many ways, gamers should be paid to use these rather than waste their earnings on what is none other than packaged garbage.

    Stay well clear, and if you make the mistake of tempting your luck with these PSUs, you’re in for a bad time.

    FSP Hexa
    Cooler Master Elite Series
    Thermaltake TR2 Series
    EVGA N1

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