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Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 Power Supply Review

It’s PSU review Thursday! This time we’ll be taking an in-depth look into Cooler Master’s MWE Gold 750 Fully Modular Power Supply. The MWE series features both modular and non-modular internal cable designs and comes in both 80+ Gold and 80+ Bronze. The MWE Gold 750 is rated at (you guessed it) 750W output and and carries the 80+ Gold efficiency certification. This means that the PSU has an efficiency rating of at least 87% (idle/max). We’ll dive into power efficiency and why it’s important later in the review.

A fully modular power supply allows the user to attach and detach the unit’s internal cables. Generally, these are preferred to fixed-cable power supplies as installation and cable management is a bit easier on the user. Since this power supply carries a 750W rating, it is a perfect target for users with a single high-end GPU setup.

MSRP for the Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 Modular PSU is $99.99 USD. More information about it can be found over at Cooler Master’s product page.

Next, let’s dive into the PSU a bit more and examine some if it’s features and details.

Features and Specifications of the Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU

As mentioned earlier the MWE Gold 750 carries a 750W rating. Cooling is provided by a single Silencio fan located at the top of the unit, the same fan we recently saw on Cooler Master’s new Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU cooler. During the review we tested noise levels and minimum and maximum speeds and found the fan to be overall VERY quiet. Because of that, we expect this PSU to be near silent even at high loads.

Cooler Master backs the PSU with a 5-year replacement warranty.

Here are the detailed specifications of the MWE Gold 750:

Product Name MWE Gold 750 Full Modular
Product Number MPY-7501-AFAAG-US
ATX Version ATX 12V V2.31
PFC Active PFC (>0.95 typical)
Input Voltage 100-240V
Input Current 12-6A
Input Frequency 50/60Hz
Dimensions (LxBxH) 160 x 150 x 86mm
Fan Size 120mm
Fan Bearing LDB
Powergood Signal 100-500ms
Hold Up Time >14 ms @ 100% load
Efficiency 90% Typically
ErP 2013 Lot 6 Yes
MTBF >100,000 Hours
Operating Temperature 0-45°C
Protections OVP / OPP / UVP / SCP / OTP
Regulatory CCC, CE, TUV-SUD, RCM, EAC, cTUVus, FCC, BSMI, KC, CB
Connectors MB 24 Pin 1
CPU 12V 4+4 Pin 1
SATA 8
Peripheral 4 Pin 6
FDD Cable 4 Pin 1
PCI-e 6+2 Pin 4

As you can see, there are plenty of cabling options, even enough for a dual GPU system. Keep power requirements in mind, especially for high end GPUs as typically more than one will require more than 750W. This particular PSU should be adequate for dual GeForce GTX 1060 setup or lower, or pretty much any single GPU. …unless you’re still rocking that old 8800 Ultra 😉

Unboxing

Next, let’s crack open the packaging and get a better look at the unit! The box itself came shrink wrapped in plastic to protect the box from scratches and scuffs.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Box

The front of the box features a cool graphic of the PSU itself with a bit of information such as its 80+ Gold rating, DC to DC technology and that it’s fully modular if you couldn’t tell from the image.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Box Front

The back features a brief description of what you’re buying as well as a graphic of the fan curve and efficiency ratings based on load.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Box Back

Moving over to the right side of the package there’s a handy graph providing the detailed specifications of the PSU. Be sure to look this over before picking it up to ensure system compatibility.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Box Specs

After cracking the seal and opening the box, we can see a bit more as to how this PSU is packaged. The PSU is nestled inside a bed of custom black foam on all sides. The rest of the included items such as a 115V power cable and internal modular cables are isolated from the main unit.

A handy user guide is also included which gives detailed pin-out information. Overall, packaging is excellent and should survive “most” UPS/Fedex encounters during shipping.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Box Open Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Packaging

A Closer Look…

With everything out of the box, we get a better look at what we’re working with. Included is the PSU itself, modular cables, a wall power connector, four Philips screws for installation into the case, and a user guide.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Included Items

The Power Supply itself features an overall stealthy black design. Its power-coated surface has a nice rigid texture to it which should withstand years abuse during installs and uninstalls.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Feature

It’s modular connectors can be found here. One interesting thing to note is that the 24-pin motherboard power connector has been split into two separate connectors. I’m not sure as to why, but my best guess is to allow for easier cable removal and/or to provide cleaner power to the motherboard as there are more pins on the PSU side than the motherboard. More pins equals a greater contact area which translates to a more stable power delivery.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Modular Connectors

The left side of the PSU has a nice representation of the power output details as well as serial number if you ever need it. 80+ and other certifications are also shown as well as a warning not to open the unit as there is hazardous voltage inside. (seriously though don’t do it…)

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Side

The reverse side of the PSU is where you’ll secure the unit to the case using the four provided screws. A connector for the wall power plug and power toggle switch is also located on the back.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU back

Lastly, the right side of the PSU features cool graphics featuring the Cooler Master Logo, subtle graphics and its model number. This side will be seen when installing the PSU in a bottom mounted case.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Side

We mentioned earlier that the MWE Gold 750 is cooled by a single Silencio fan. The fan sits behind a metal wire shroud with a Cooler Master logo in the center. The fan appears to be a 120mm, but we’ll know for sure once we disassemble the unit.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Top

 

Disassembly and Electronics Examination

A Word of Caution: Never open a PSU especially after it has been powered on recently. Residual voltages may still be present. There are no user-serviceable parts inside the PSU.

After voiding the warranty and unscrewing the top cover, we are presented with the Cooler Master MWE Gold 750’s electronic circuitry. At a glance, there’s no obvious red flags such as sloppy soldering or loose wires. The heat sinks for the VR and MOSFETs are constructed from machined aluminum and appear adequately sized. Typically, we like to see a bit more isolation and even more bonus points if each has its own dedicated heat-sink.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Inside

It’s overall design is a common reference design seen on Xilence and Patriot PSUs to name a few. The center transformer (TZ-ERL39-H03) appears to be adequately sized. The main filter capacitor (two would be better) is rated at 330uF at 400V.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Circuitry

Again good soldering all around as you can see in the images below. These are the main power cables which run from the main PCB to the daughter board which provide modular connectivity.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Soldered Cables

The reverse side of the PSU’s motherboard looks good. no nasty blob soldering and everything looks clean.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Reverse PCB

The daughter board used for modular cable connectivity connectivity also looks well built with good clean solder flow. A few extra capacitors were added here to help with smooth power delivery.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Daughter Board Install Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Daughter Board

Overall, pretty average internals. Sure, they’ll likely handle sustained stress just fine, but there’s nothing extraordinary or over-built about the MWE Gold 750.

The Fan (A12025-25RB-3IN-F1) is indeed a Cooler Master Silencio fan. It’s got a 2500RPM rating which runs off 12V and has a very low current rating of 0.16A. The fan appears to be regulated via voltage rather than PWM as it uses a 3-pin interface.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Silencio Fan

 

The modular cables are either braided (24-pin motherboard) or flat style (all others). Their overall build quality is fine. I particularly like the flat cables as they allow for easy cable management. The flat cables that came with the MWE Gold 750 are very flexible and easy to manipulate.

Each of the cables you plan on using must be plugged into the PSU into its corresponding plug. Ensure a tight fit and that they are clipped into place.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Modular UnpluggedCooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Modular Plugged

 

Testing

Now that we’re all MWE Gold 750 certified experts, let’s put this thing through the ringer to see how it handles some stress.

80+ GoldA word about efficiency – As we mentioned earlier, the Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU holds an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. For a PSU on the lower end of the 80+ spectrum, this rating is pretty typical.  The PSU is rated at an 87% efficiency under a typical load (20/80%). So what is PSU efficiency and why would anyone care how efficient a power supply is? Without getting into too much detail, efficiency in this sense is basically power in (from the wall) vs power out (to computer components). It is the cost to exchange one form of power to another. For instance, if you had a computer PSU that was rated at 400W, and is pulling 500W from the wall, then that PSU is 80% efficient. This is important for two reasons; one, a more efficient power supply will draw less current, meaning your computer will use less power overall. For the user running his machine at 100% constantly, will likely be shaving a few dollars a month off the power bill. This little amount will definitely add up over time. Second, a power supply with a high efficiency rating is likely built with higher rated components. These higher rated components can cause a power supply to run cooler and sometimes last longer.

 

Testing Methodology

There are several factors we’ll be looking at during testing. One of the most important thing we look for is the behavior of voltage as the load on the PSU is increased. This is because when you see a voltage drop at mid to high loads, this can cause serious problems to internal computer components if the drop is significant enough. We will test this by incrementing up 50W for 10 minutes at each step. We will run each 50W increment as high as we can go before OCP kicks in (1050W if it will let us). While this PSU is rated at 750W, there is a lot to be said for voltage stability past maximum ratings.

Although Cooler Master claims a 87% efficiency rating, we will also be performing our own efficiency calculations just to be sure. We will do this by placing a specific load on the power supply and then measuring the wattage going in to the power supply with our handy Killawatt meter.

Lastly, at minimum, mid, and maximum loads we’ll be measuring voltage ripple and noise using a PC Oscilloscope. Noise or large voltage dips and spikes is the silent killer can be a huge contributor of early PC component failure if not properly checked.

To provide a decent and accurate load you need more than just a beefy PC with high end components. Accuracy of load is vital to provide accuracy in the rest of the measurable points such as voltage @ x load, as well as efficiency calculations. To perform this test accurately we used our own home brew power supply load tester. More info on this tester can be found on our unofficial build page.

Now, let’s get ready to do some damage!

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Test 2

 

And now for the test results. Drumroll please…..

 

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 Test Results

LOAD Watts +12 Volts (V) Ripple Wall Amps Wall Volts Wall Watts Efficiency %
100 12.24 367mV 0.92 118.4 108.928 91.80%
150 12.23 1.4 118.0 165.2 90.80%
200 12.23 1.91 117.5 224.425 89.12%
250 12.22 2.41 117.3 282.693 88.44%
300 12.22 2.91 117..0 340.47 88.11%
350 12.21 3.42 116.3 397.746 88.00%
400 12.21 390mV 3.93 115.7 454.701 87.97%
450 12.21 4.46 115.4 514.684 87.43%
500 12.2 5,00 115.1 575.5 86.88%
550 12.2 5.56 114.7 637.732 86.24%
600 12.19 6.09 114.4 696.696 86.12%
650 12.19 6.66 113.9 758.574 85.69%
700 12.18 7.25 113.3 821.425 85.22%
750 12.18 471mV 7.81 112.9 881.749 85.06%
800 12.18 8.37 112.6 942.462 84.88%
850 12.17 671mV 9.06 112.4 1018.344 83.47%

Wait… this is a 750W PSU, why 850W?? Anything past 750W is the bonus round. Officially, this PSU is rated at 750W and if it’s still providing good numbers after that then more power to it, if not, no biggie. 850W was the highest I could measure before OCP (Overcurrnt Protection) kicked in. This is good because that means that OCP is indeed working. Some power supplies that we’ve reviewed in the past have stated that OCP is enabled, however we were able to take it 400W, 500W, 600W past it’s rating without any sort of fail-safe kicking in.

So what do these numbers tell us? Ever so much… first let’s examine the 12V voltage drop. From 100 top 750 watts of load we only saw a voltage drop of 0.06V which is excellent. Noise is also very low throughout the test. Our ripple test only detected a 367mV (milivolt) ripple at 100W, 390mV at 400W and 471mV at it’s maximum rating of 750W. Ripple in this case is measured from peak to peak. These voltage fluxuations are far from dangerous and will not interfere with internal components. The image below was the 12V line at 850W of load applied to the PSU.

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 PSU Voltage Ripple

Efficiency…. ouch. While the PSU was indeed almost platinum level efficient at low loads, higher loads yielded much lower results. At the PSU’s maximum rated load of 750W, efficiency dipped down to 85.06% putting it a hair above the 80+ Silver category. Anything past 450W, the MWE Gold 750 stopped being an 80+ Gold rated power supply.

If you’re PC is going to sit idle 95% of the time, perhaps this graph is good news. Almost 92% efficient at low loads is pretty impressive, However, the story changes dramatically if you’re planning on using this PC on a gaming rig or crypto miner that’s going to see some constant use.

 

Conclusion

Cooler Master produced an affordable 80+ Gold rated fully modular power supply that looks and feels amazing did overall pretty well during our tests.  The efficiency rating at high loads failed dropping down into the 80+ Silver category. +12V drop was excellent as well as peak-to-peak ripple. From the beginning, starting with the box presentation as well as packaging, you really do feel like you’ve purchased something special. Packaging was overall excellent, and the subtle stealthy look will go great with a blacked out or tinted build.

The rugged, textured look gave off an almost premium feel of the unit. The fan and fan shroud were also high quality and made it feel like you were getting more than what you paid for.

Now for the final breakdown:

  • Appearance: 95/100 – From the PSU itself to its flat and/or braided cables, the unit really does look nice.
  • Build Quality & Construction: 92/100 – There was no “cheap” vibe emitting from the PSU. Its construction inside and out was properly built and had a good weight to it. It’s cables were also easy to work with and felt like they could stand up to some serious abuse. Internally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more… something. Sure a single filter cap, and shared heatinks work bit a little extra sometimes goes a long way.
  • Performance: 76/100 – I loved everything about the MWE Gold 750 except for that damn efficiency rating at high loads. It’s like low load versus high load were complete polar opposites. At low loads, efficiency was borderline platinum level, however at high loads, efficiency was barely above silver. The PSU exceeded all other tests such as ripple and voltage drop.
  • Value: 92/100 – MSRP for the Cooler Master MWE 750 Fully Modular PSU is set to $99 USD. This is about what you would expect to pay for a mid-range modular PSU. Based on the quality of the unit, performance results, this price definitely seems fair.

Results:

Cooler Master produced an affordable 80+ Gold rated fully modular power supply that looks and feels amazing did overall pretty well during our tests.

8.9
Appearance:
9.5
Build Quality & Construction:
9.2
Performance:
7.6
Value:
9.2

GOLD AWARD

 

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