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Ultra X3 600 watt Modular Review

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To test the Ultra X3, I’m going to be using a digital multimeter to measure the voltage for the 5v, 3.3v lines as well as the 12v line. I will take readings at idle and load. To get the system at full load, I’ll be running Stressprime 2004 Orthos Edition, to stress both the CPU and memory, Futuremark’s 3DMark06 Professional will be running to stress the video card and HDTune will be used to stress the hard drives. I also have two 125mm fans and one 250mm fan that will be running during both tests. During the tests, it’s not good to see the volts fluctuating; you want to see the volts stay as close to 12.0V, 5.0V, and 3.3V as possible.

Testing Setup:

  • CPU: Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo
  • Motherboard: Abit IN9 32X Max WiFi
  • Memory: 2 x 2GB Mushkin XP2-6400 4-4-4-12
  • Video Card: Sapphire HD 3870
  • Power Supply: Ultra X3 600 Watt Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive(s): 2 x 500GB Seagate SATA, 1 x WD 160GB SATA
  • Opticals: Sony DVD-R Burner, Sony DVD-ROM
  • O/S: Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2
  • Comparison Power Supply: Antec NeoPower 650watt
  • Comparison Power Supply: Mushkin XP 650watt
  • Comparison Power Supply: XG Vortec 600watt

Testing Tool:

  • RadioShack 29-Range Multimeter


As you can see, each of these power supplies did very well except for the XG Vortec, which fluctuated a fair amount.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Closer Look (Accessories & Cables)
  4. Installation
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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