Reviewed by: Donovan Smith Date: October 20, 2006 Manufacturer: Apevia Provided By: Apevia Price: $120
This PSU (Power Supply Unit) is certainly an iceberg, weighing in at 680 watts with dazzling beauty. It features UV reactive sleeves and connectors with a clear window showing all the beautiful guts of the beast. It also includes adjustable color fans (three different colors) and a fan controller.
Well this is all good and everything, but who is Apevia? Apevia, formally known as Aspire, is a very well known case and fan manufacturer that was established in 1999. Chances are that youíve heard of these guys before, though they arenít as well known in the power supply market. Letís see if she lives up to Apeviaís reputation.
The Iceberg comes in a stout little box with a clear side panel showing off the windowed interior of the PSU. The Iceberg was covered with plastic-cling wrap, with a mirror polish underneath. As you can see, it has adjustable tri-color fans and it is advertised as 680 watts. Inside, it includes a short manual, thumbscrews (thanks Apevia), and of course, a power cable.
As for the PSU itself, the connectors and sleeves are UV reactive green (there are other colored models). It has two 80mm fans in a push-pull configuration, expelling air outside the case, along with a fire retardant transparent casing. It comes with eight Molex connectors - four to a cable - with a floppy connector on the end of each. There are 20/24 and 4/8 pin separable connectors which may or may not be used depending on your motherboard/setup. Finally, it also offers 4xSATA, 2xPCI-E power connectors. If you hadnít noticed, the Molex connectors have a squeeze tab, so you can squeeze and it will loosen up the hold on the connector. Pretty handy Apevia!
The back of the unit has a fan controller (Knob) that allows you to adjust the fan speed from 80% to 100%. So rest assure that you wonít kill the unit by turning the fans too low. The obscure button toggles the fan colors between blue, green, red and completely off. The usual switch and connector are very shiny I should add. The sides and bottom are ribbed for style and the back is pretty plain, but who looks there anyway. The bottom has the specification readout with some impressive information; dual 12v rails (which is usually more stable than a single large rail) and some very high amps on everything. Hmmm, seems as though the green switch and AC connector look like they will glow too?
Nope, the back connectors do not glow, but I had some other spectacular results after powering the bugger up. The fans inside the PSU are very silent even at 100% as I could not tell the difference between low and high speeds. Both settings move a good amount of air. Lights, lights, lights! These are truly wonderful which add a lot of ooos and ahs to the beauty. A must for any windowed case geek!