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Mushkin Volta 600W Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   December 16, 2009
Category: Power Supplies
Price: $TBA
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Introduction:

Mushkin Enhanced, founded in 1994, is located near Denver, Colorado in the United States. Probably better known for its high quality memory, Mushkin also offers a small range of power supplies and digital storage devices.

The PC power supply market is very competitive and especially so in the 500-600W range. I had a quick look on a popular US computer component website and there are nearly 160 power supplies available in this range, far more than any other. Good quality 500-600W power supplies are available for very reasonable prices these days and I see very little reason to fit anything lower in any new build with the latest components. A good quality 600W power supply will easily and safely power any currently available mainstream processor in combination with any single high end gaming graphics cards and will, with a little luck, hit the sweet spot for efficiency at 300W when pushed.

This time around, OCC will put the newly released Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply through its paces. Let's have a closer look and see how well it performs.

Closer Look:

The packaging of the Mushkin Enhanced Volta 600W power supply is relatively plain and simple. The front face of the box shows wind turbines and lightening striking an electricity pylon against a black sky. The rear face shows a photograph of the Volta power supply against a green background. Is this a representation of the available power in combination with eco-friendly features? We will see.

 

 

 

 

On the lid, you'll find the Mushkin Enhanced logo against a black background, while a production/part number barcode label is on the plain white base.

 

 

One side panel provides the electrical specification table, package contents, features, and connector types and quantities. The other panel gives a couple of paragraphs of text explaining the advantages of Mushkin Enhanced products, an explanation of some of the features, mentions the 5 year limited warranty, and then thanks the buyer for choosing the product.

 

 

Lift the lid and the power supply is covered with a box containing the modular cables and accessories with a couple of conveniently placed finger holes to assist in its removal. The power supply sits snugly in the bottom, protected by a bubble wrap envelope, with the captive cables and power cord tucked neatly down the side.

 

 

The bubble wrap enclosed power supply and the box contents, which include a power cord, user manual, modular cable set and a small plastic bag containing Velcro cable straps, cable ties and power supply mounting screws.

 

 

Very well packaged power supply in a simple black and green themed box. The accessory set is basic, but everything is included to make for a trouble free installation.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Specification & Features
  4. Testing: DC Voltage Load Regulation At 110VAC & 230VAC
  5. Testing: Efficiency, Power Factor & DC Quality
  6. Testing: Temperature, Noise Level & Fan Speed
  7. Conclusion
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