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PSU Hierarchy 2021 – Power Supply Unit Tier List

PSU Hierarchy 2021 – Power Supply Unit Tier List

The following is the ultimate list-based hierarchy of all power supply units. We’ve rated them in 8 different categories so you can see if your PSU is good or not. Any seasoned PC-builder knows that starting a new build is a demanding endeavor. The search for the right components requires hours of scouring enthusiast websites.

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It quickly descends into a state of utter boredom. Sleep will be disrupted by feverish dreams swimming in a litany of benchmark results, spec details, and models, merging into an overwhelming mess of choice.

Sorting wheat from chaff is not an easy task. It’s hard enough to choose between dozens of graphics cards, let alone hundreds of power supplies.

Related: Best PSU For Ryzen 9 3900x in [2021]

To make this task more bearable, we have classified power supply units into tiers ranging from the top of the class to the completely useless. The following list is based on price point, efficiency, and overall performance.

It’s our hope that this heavily researched and up-to-date tier list will make the process of choosing a PSU for your next build much easier.

TierPSU80 Plus RatingPower
be 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

Tier S – The Crème De La Crème

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This tier of PSUs is among the best available on the market due to their reliability, Platinum and above-80-Plus ratings, wattage range, Japanese components, unique features, and price. It’s hard to find a better model.

They are, however, only for enthusiasts with a significant budget who will not settle for anything less than the best. These power supply units are likely to be used with multiple Nvidia GeForce Titan V GPUs and the latest Intel Core i9.

These units are overkill for the average gamer starting out on a PC build capable of running AAA games on decent settings.

Tier 1 – Amazing Power

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Tier 1 units drop down the price ladder while still offering very good power solutions with unmatched reliability. They are better suited to demanding machines with expensive components.

You can’t go wrong with this tier if your budget is not too limited. It is a good idea to invest in a tier 1 power supply in order to future-proof a setup and provide extra breathing room for components that consume more power.

Tier 2 – Costly Quality

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Once again, Tier 2 drops in price. These units offer a comfortable middle ground to veteran PC builders who want a reliable power supply without spending their savings. Despite paying for quality, it feels like every dollar is well spent.

While they are more affordable than the previous tiers, first-timers on a tight budget may want to stay away as these prices are still eye-watering to the uninitiated.

Tier 3 – Reliable Power For A Price

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Now, we’re in territory that should suit the majority of gamers who want a powerful machine with solid components that won’t crash after extended use. The PSUs in this tier are more affordable, but still deliver a good performance.

Tier 4 – Mid-Range Affordability

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Tier 4 welcomes you. We are approaching, but not quite reaching, the more questionable models on the market, among the seemingly endless assortment of power supplies available. However, they do not have any additional bells and whistles.

Efficiency takes a hit without being too severe. All in all, mid range; not great, not bad, but healthy and resoundingly acceptable.

Tier 5 – Budget Options

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We fear it will be a whirlwind downhill from here.

Tier 5 consists of budget options. These units might send shivers down your spine if you’re a PC gaming enthusiast. You can spend your money on a bet if you want.

Tier 6 – Cheap & Cheerful

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It’s a gamble with Tier 6 PSUs; they may work fine or they may prove useless. If your finances allow it, you should stay clear.

A serious builder would happily rant at length about how awful these are. The only thing they do is provide the most basic functions of a power supply. With a predominance of white scores, these units barely reach 80 Plus Ratings.

Tier 7 – Bottom Of The Barrel

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All things considered, power supply units in this tier shouldn’t even exist. Many gamers should be paid to use these instead of wasting their earnings on packaged garbage.

Stay away from these PSUs, and if you do, you’ll pay the price.


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