Ultra X3 1000 Watt Modular Power Supplyccokeman - June 25, 2007
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When I first viewed this unit out of the packaging, I was amazed by the finish. It is a black chrome finish that is done very well, without the unsightly marks left from lower end polish and plate jobs. It weighs in at a hefty seven pounds. Being heavy is not generally looked at as being good in our society, but in the case of power supplies, weight tends to indicate quality. Listed on the side, we have the specifications sticker listing the amperage of each rail. The rear of the power supply is almost entirely a mesh exhaust vent, allowing as much air as possible through it. The front features all of the modular connections, including 24-pin ATX, 4-pin molex, 6- and 8-pin Pci-e and the 8-pin auxiliary 12v line.
One thing you don't want to do is void the warranty on your brand new power supply by opening it, so let us do that so that you don't have to. When making a purchase like this, you may be thinking long term and want to recycle the power supply into your next build. Having a warranty is a good thing in that situation. Once open, we can see the 135mm fan and the large heatsinks to dissipate the heat generated by the unit. Now we can see why it weighs in at a hefty seven pounds.
At the front of the power supply is a circuit board to distribute power to the modular connections. This power supply features a single 70 amp 12 volt rail; something many manufacturers have gotten away from these days, instead opting to use multiple rails and load balancing to keep from overloading one rail.