The best UPS are often overlooked, but they can be supremely necessary for a high-end gaming PC build. If you live somewhere that’s prone to blackouts or power surges, it could be a lifesaver for those super-expensive, and hard to replace components in your rig.
They even offer protection from the most minute fluctuations in outlet power. As long as your uninterruptible power supply is paired with one of the best power supply units for PC, having the best UPS will ensure your PC runs on the electrical equivalent of Premium Unleaded.
Should you suffer any loss in power, the best UPS utilises its internal batteries to deliver a steady flow of power, for a limited period—enough time to save your work or get to a save point before shutting down your PC safely. It also acts as a surge protector, for extra peace of mind. If you’re one of the lucky few that’s managed to bag an Nvidia Geforce RTX 30-series, you don’t want that baby getting zapped, especially as replacing it is almost impossible at this point.
The CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD 1500VA is one of the best UPS on the market. Several factors contribute to it being our top pick for most gamers. First, it has enough juice to handle most gaming machines on the market, even if you’re running dual GPUs. Unless you’ve got systems with ten hard drives, quad-way GPUs, and other accessories, the CP1500PFCLCD should have enough juice to last 10-20 minutes (longer if you have a more moderate rig) if a power failure occurs.
One of the most critical features of the CP1500PFCLCD is its true sine-wave output. Most UPS backups in their price range only provide sine-wave simulated production, a stepped sine-wave that approximates what you get out of your wall outlet. Some electronics are sensitive to simulated sine waves and will behave abnormally. At $214, having true sine-wave output is unheard of, so kudos to CyberPower deliver quality output.
For smaller accessories and network equipment, the CyberPower EC650LCD is the best pick for most. Coming in at just over $70 for 390W/650VA, the EC650LCD has enough power reserves to keep the average home network alive for well over 15 minutes, which is enough time to exit your game/applications, save all your work through the network, and shut everything off gracefully during a power outage.
The EC650LCD is small enough to hide away, taking up very little desktop room for a 390W unit. One of my favorite features of the EC650LCD is its array of ECO ports. These ports can be managed and timed to turn on or off, depending on your schedule or use case. The ECO ports will also power down accessories like your speakers and display if your PC is asleep or powered down.
The name APC is synonymous with high-quality UPS products. I use three of the company’s Smart-UPS professional level units at home: two 1000VA units for my network and NAS gear and one 1500VA unit for my PC and displays.
APC’s BE600M1 is excellent at providing both battery and surge protection for the devices you use most every day. That is your phone and possibly a tablet. However, it has enough power reserves for you to plug in at least a router and a single display. If you only plan to use the BE600M1 to power a Wi-fi router, the unit will have enough juice in it to let you browse the internet in peace for several hours, even if the electricity in the rest of your house is gone. Priorities.
The best part of the BE600M1 is its size. Most UPS are large and belong on the floor, but APC encourages you to put the BE600M1 on a desk. The unit provides a single 1.5A USB port for charging a phone or tablet, so you don’t have to use your device’s power adapter, which is inevitably a wall wart that potentially overlaps another socket or two, so you free up sockets for other devices.