Tuniq Miniplant 950W Reviewgotdamojo06 - June 4, 2008
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When you take Tuniq Miniplant out of the packaging and strip the plastic covering off of it, you are left with a very sleek looking piece of hardware. Looking at the end that will be visible from outside of the the case once it has been mounted, you are able to see that it is very simple and similar to the other power supplies out on the market. There is a wire-mesh type design in the casing that will allow the unit to "breathe." Under the port cord inlet, there is an on and off switch, this switch is a little different than others, it actually says "off" and "on," not "1" and "0," which some people may find helpful. On the next side of the Miniplant, is the 80 Plus badge, as well as the nVIDIA SLI Ready badge, meaning that the unit has enough power and connectors to run a SLI setup. The back side of the unit, where all of the power wires are coming from, also has a somewhat breathable slit solution to keep the capacitors nearby able to receive a little extra cooling. The final side of the Minplant is where you will find all of the power specifications, such as what rails have what rating, and the combined output power of them.
The top of the Miniplant has been fitted with a very large cooling fan, that will be able to suck in fresh air from inside of the case, and blow it over all of the warm components inside the unit, making it run as smoothly as possible. The underside of the Miniplant is very similar to many other power supplies out on the market, there is nothing much on the underside, however, you are able to examine the sleekness of the color choice for the unit.
I do not suggest opening up a power supply; if you have already used the unit, there is a build up of power stored in the capacitors. I have taken the risk to open up this unit for you so that you can see what the inside looks like. The large fan that will suck in fresh air from inside your case and blow it through the power supply is a Muhua Industrial MH13525M12D 12v fan.
When you continue poking around inside the Miniplant, there is a large capacitor, a Nichicon, is rated at 50v, and has a tolerance of 85 degrees Celsius, which is another reason that the cooling inside of a power supply is so important. If the capacitors were to burst, the unit would no longer work. There are heatsinks all over the inside of the Miniplant, just for that reason. Where all of the power wires for the connectors hook into the PFC of the power supply, you are able to see that there is a secondary board off to the side. This is where the voltages are regulated, minimizing the droop of power under heavy load. Taking a look at the inside from a top view, you are able to see how strategically the heatsinks were placed around all of the components are are going to get very warm.
The Miniplant hosts many different power connectors, which allow you to use it on a large variety of setups. The main power connector is a 20+4-pin connector, allowing it to be used on the newer motherboards, as well as the older ones that only require a 20-pin connector. As far as PCI-E connectors go, you should be covered with this powersupply; it has three eight-pin connectors and two six-pin connectors. As I had mentioned previously, it has two adapters that allow the eight-pin to be converted to six-pin. There is one four-pin connector to add extra power to the CPU. There are six SATA power connectors, which will allow you to power just about as many hard drives that you many need, as well as a few optical drives that you may connect to your computer. The four-pin connectors, that are becoming more obsolete, and usually only power fans inside your case now-a-days, are plentiful on the power supply. There are six of them, and at the end of each line there is a floppy drive power connector, allowing you to have two floppy drives installed.
Now that we know what the Tuniq Miniplant 950W powersupply looks like on the inside and out, let's see what the specifications of it are.