Ultra Power Partner Review

gotdamojo06 - 2007-11-30 18:14:26 in Power Supplies
Category: Power Supplies
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: December 12, 2007
Price: $89.99



With all the holidays right around the corner, you may be getting some new gadgets for your system. What do all of the possible parts have in common? They all mean that more and more power will be sucked out of your power supply. You may be asking yourself if it is worth buying a brand new power supply to accomodate the new demands. Why would you ditch your perfectly good power supply currently in your system when you can pick up one of Ultra's new products, the Ultra Power Partner, instead? This piece of hardware is a secondary power supply that you can fit right in an empty 5.25" drive bay. With the addition of the Ultra Power Partner, you can add an extra 325 watts to your system. Let's see if this power supply can live up to the claims.



Closer Look:   

The Ultra Power Partner comes packaged in a cardboard box that displays all of the highlights of this particular power supply. The Ultra Power Partner 325 Watt ATX Power Supply is not like any other power supply that I have seen. It is very sleek and, as mentioned earlier, fits right into an empty 5.25" drive bay of your case. 









Once you open up the box, you are able to see exactly how Ultra decided to protect the Power Partner during the shipping process. Ultra wrapped the Power Partner in a plastic package that protects the power supply from being scratched, and also sandwiched it between two molded Styrofoam pieces to help keep it in place and prevent dents. Included in the box is the instructions and a second plastic package that includes the expansion slot bracket that allows you to feed the power wire safely out of the case and a bag of screws to mount the Ultra Power Partner. 



When you take the Ultra Power Partner out of the plastic packaging, you can see that the unit has a great little shine to it. There is one 24-pin adapter cable, two 4-pin and 6-pin connectors and one 8-pin connector. The back side of the unit has two fans blowing the hot air out of the power supply, this is also where you plug the A/C power cable into and there is an on/off switch located on this side as well. The front is very simple looking with just a mesh material and Ultra's logo.







When it comes to the installation of the Ultra Power Partner, it is very simple and self-explanatory. To begin, you will need to mount the unit in an empty 5.25" drive bay in the front of your case. Once you have it mounted, you will need to begin making all the connections. The first connection that I made was using the 24-pin adapter. For this adapter, you plug your current power supply's 24-pin connector into the adapter, then the adapter needs to be plugged into the motherboard's 24-pin slot.





Once the 24-pin adapter has been connected, you will need to plug in all connectors you want to use into the devices you need. For this review, I am powering my DVD+RW drive with the 4-pin adapter, as well as my video card with the 6-pin adapter. Once all the connections are made, you will need to plug the power supply into the wall. To do this, I ran the power connector down the side of the case (on the inside), then through the rear expansion slot bracket which features one hole and Ultra's logo.


Once you have everything plugged in and double-checked to make sure everything is secure, you can flip the power switch on the back of the Ultra Power Partner, then turn the computer back on. The Power Partner will not power the devices until the rest of the computer has been turned on. 



Model Number
Power Partner
Total Output:
325 Watts
Housing Body:
Black Aluminum
ATX 4-Pin Molex:
SATA Power Plugs:
PCI Express Plugs:
Main ATX Power Plug:
20 + 4
CPU Power Plug:



To properly test the Ultra Power Partner 325 Watt Power Supply, I will be using a digital multimeter to gather readings of the different rails of the power supplies. I will be doing this under two conditions. The first will be idle testing, measured after the computer has been started up and sitting for about a half hour doing nothing. The second condition I will be measured while the computer is performing different tasks back-to-back, such as an OCCT 30 minute stress test, as well as 3DMark06.

Testing Setup:





The Ultra Power Partner 325 Watt Power Supply did exactly what it was supposed to do; add more overall power to your computer system without having to replace your older power supply. This, in theory, would be a great idea, however there is one little problem; it does not justify itself economically. With the price of the unit, you could go out and purchase yourself a more powerful power supply than purchasing the Power Partner. Nevertheless, the Power Partner did increase the stability of the system by strengthening the rails. I believe that the Power Partner could be very useful if people did not want to get rid of their current power supply, or for some reason were unable to because of their case. Adding 325 watts of power enables the end user to add accessories such as higher performance video cards, additional hard drives, and fans, without pushing the main power supply to its limit. The two main issues I have with this assembly are that the main 120v power supply cord goes through the PCI bracket with no means of protection (no grommet, no rubber sleeving, etc.), and the unit unfortunately does not contain any SATA connections. Overall, the Ultra Power Partner can be a solution when a new high wattage power supply is not in the budget. In this capacity, it did exactly what it was supposed to do; provide you additional power capacity.