Cooler Master launches the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ power supply

Cooler Master this week launched the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ, a mouthful of a product name for a power supply that is every bit as beefy as the name implies. Joining the company’s growing “Maker” series of products, the Maker 1200 MIJ is a completely new, grounds-up design by the company’s OEM partner Murata, a Japanese-based electronics manufacturer that’s been open since 1944. Cooler Master doesn’t just want this power supply to be the backbone of your system – according to the press release – they actually want this to be the last power supply you’ll ever need. That’s quite a statement!

The first of the Maker MIJ family is the 1200 watt model, rated for 80+ Titanium efficiency at load, and is fanless up to a 600W power draw, which is pretty sweet. Surprisingly, it has no RGB LEDs hidden anywhere, and it uses a proprietary cable connection for the modular cables, which might make it a little bit expensive to not only use this unit in your system, but a custom cable set as well. With a price tag of $999 (that’s not a typo, folks!), it is one of the most expensive consumer power supplies that have ever been sold on the market.

Why is it so expensive? Cooler Master explains that they paired up with their OEM partner Murata to design the PSU from scratch, as well as to custom manufacture components and use parts not ordinarily found in consumer power supplies, like a planar transformer. This makes it a one-of-a-kind deal, essentially. Murata does make power supplies for other companies, but those are typically redundant units for servers as well as pico ATX power supplies for industrial applications, and they compete directly with OEMs like Delta for enterprise solutions as well. They even make equipment intended for use in space missions, and their primary markets are robotics and lithium-ion battery storage (they recently acquired Sony’s battery division in Japan). This deal could be of great benefit to both companies, because aside from a handful of OEMs in the power supply market, like Seasonic, Super Flower, and FSP, no-one really can compete in the high-end space on their own steam without using an established OEM.

The $999 price point buys you extreme levels of quality and efficiency, and Cooler Master will warranty the Maker 1200 MIJ for ten years, with the remainder of the warranty period transferable between owners. For the PC enthusiast who has more money than they know what to do with, and who looks at power supplies and wants to pay more for something that might last through an EMP bomb attack, you might want to give this one a look.

Cooler Master’s MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ goes on sale in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in March 2017. At a retail price of $999, expect to see this land with a local price of around R14,000. If you want to check out an early review of the 1200 MIJ, head on over to JonnyGuru and to see what he thinks of it.

Press release

Cooler Master, a leader in design and manufacturing computer power supply, case, thermal solution and peripherals, today announces the launch of the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ. Through its Japanese and German made components, this power supply will deliver the performance, reliability and quality you never thought possible.

Sometimes good is just not good enough and with the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ, Cooler Master has spent over 165,000 hours with 40 Murata engineers to create what might very well be the last power supply you’ll ever buy.

The MIJ part of the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ name stands for Made in Japan, but it wasn’t just made there, it was also designed in co-operation Murata, which is a well-known local electronics and components manufacturer, providing parts to clients active in the fields of robotics, communications, automotive, data center, security and space exploration.

It all started out as a research project that was looking at the future of power supply design for the next decade, but it also ended up looking at the past to see how the very best analog power supplies were designed. These cues, combined with our pursuit of beauty and perfection culminated into the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ.

When it comes to most electronics these days, they’re either made in China or Taiwan, with a few exceptions that are usually manufactured either in Korea or Japan. 80 percent of the components used in this power supply are made in Japan. More than 20 pieces of them have even been custom designed by Murata for this PSU, because the common parts available on the supply chain market simply weren’t cutting it.

So the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ was built using the highest quality components available, to the standards of some of the most stringent electronics engineers in Japan. Some parts of the PSU use a design where two components were implemented instead of one, to help lower the generated heat and to increase the components’ lifespan. Many of these components are rated to work at temperatures of up to 150 °C. Furthermore, this PSU uses a Murata-made planar transformer which is superior to standard transformers due to its longer lifespan. The MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ also features several custom designed power conversion circuits and a new circuit board layout that you won’t find in any other power supplies on the market today. Part of the reason for this was to allow for the power supply to operate in a fanless mode at up to 50 percent load. A side benefit was that fewer heatsinks had to be used, while temperatures are still being maintained at a lower level than competing products with heatsinks.

After finally passing Murata’s extremely stringent quality tests, the object of our collaboration reached an efficiency level that surpassed 80+ Titanium. The MIJ runs so efficiently, it’s is current so smooth and stable, its temperatures are so low, that we needed new standards to measure them.

This is a one of a kind product using a wide range of custom designed components that have never been seen in a consumer level power supply in order to deliver a power supply that will appeal to the most fastidious of users.

Product Features
• Designed, made in Japan by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
• Titanium 80+ efficiency
• Fanless up to 600w (50% load)
• Unique transformer design
• 80% Japanese components
• 10-year transferrable warranty
• Fully modular cabling