MSI MAG A850GL 80 Plus Gold Power Supply Review

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MSI has one of the most exciting product ranges on the market today, with class-leading and award-winning motherboards, graphics cards, SSDs, monitors, gaming PCs and so much more beyond. However, today we’ll be taking a look at one of the most important components of any PC; the power supply. A good quality PSU is the foundation of any system and can ensure stability and reliability if done right. The new MSI MAG A850GL features many of the latest features, such as PCIe 5.0 and ATX 3.0 standards, which includes the latest 12VHPWR connector for the latest graphics cards.

MSI MAG A850GL Features

It’s as well equipped as you would expect for a 2024 power supply, with ATX 3.0 and a range of power protections (OCP, OVP, OP, OTP, SCP, and UVP), it can handle power spikes and excursions to maintain stability, and with the 600W capable 12VHPWR connector, it’s well suited to the latest Nvidia graphics cards and no doubt many future graphics cards too. There’s an LLC half-bridge with DC/DC and active PFC too, all helping it run cooler and more efficiently, and at 80 Plus Gold certification it’s a nice sweet spot between cost and efficiency for modern gaming systems.

  • 80 PLUS GOLD CERTIFIED – An efficient power supply reduces energy consumption and heat load of the system. 80 PLUS Gold (up to 90%) is ideal for hardware with high power consumption (such as high-end GPUs and CPUs)
  • ATX 3.0 FULLY MODULAR – With ATX 3.0, the PSU can handle up to 2x total & 3x GPU power excursions; A full modular format with triple-layer sleeved cables (with management combs) helps reduce clutter & comes with premium copper alloy connectors
  • PCIe 5.0 GPU SUPPORT – With the native 16-pin PCIe connector, the PSU can feed up to 600W of power to a PCIe 5.0 GPU (NVIDIA & AMD supported)
  • STABLE PERFORMANCE – A 120 mm FDB fan with dynamic fluid storage (fluid dynamic bearing) ensures exceptional efficiency and durability. 105°C capacitors ensure high stability under heavy loads
  • DURABLE DESIGN – A LLC half-bridge with DC/DC converter and an active PFC design ensure a reliable output (OCP, OVP, OP, OTP, SCP, UVP protection). The MAG gaming power supply comes with a 7-year limited MSI warranty

What MSI Had to Say

“The MAG A850GL PCIE5 power supply provides 80 PLUS Gold-certified power efficiency, ATX 3.0 compatibility, and PCIe 5.0 GPU support, cooled by a 120mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fan for superior performance. Outfitted with a full-bridge LLC DC-to-DC topology, an extra-compact ATX frame, and a fully modular design, this PSU is ideal for spatially-efficient PCs requiring robust, no-nonsense performance.” – MSI

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