Apevia Warlock 900W PSU ReviewSagittaria - April 6, 2008
Now, I'll get a closer look at the top and back of the Warlock. The rear side has several ventilation holes in which the PSU will expel hot air from the case, a typical PSU cooling setup. Out of the ordinary, however, is the large silver button, allowing the fan to change colors from blue, to red, green, 'automatic', or nothing at all. The top of the PSU has the specification table decal, which lists four 12V rails - as advertised on the box.
Unfortunately, most manufacturers heavily advertise dual or quad rails generating a belief within the unsuspecting customer that more rails are better than one. Strangely enough, multiple rails have nothing to do with performance; rather, it's simply a somewhat useless safety feature tacked on by Intel to the latest ATX standard. A few highly respected companies, such as PCP&C, have ignored the ATX standard all together to satisfy the enthusiast overclocking crowd, who believe that these separated rails may degrade performance. Again, take note of the odd looking paint job on the back of the Warlock - the same imperfections as mentioned before.
I'll move onto the cables and connectors. The cables are about 2 feet long to the first connector, plenty long for the majority of cases and have good quality black and blue sleeves - a nice feature for wire management, airflow, and looks. The connectors are nothing new - the Warlock includes: 1x20/24pin, 6xSATA, 1xEPS 4/8pin, 2xPCI-E 6/8pin, 2xPCI-E 6pin, 8xMolex, and 2xFloppy. However, I am not fond of the way the connectors are setup, having so many on a single cable. This can be a hassle when trying to route different items around a large case.
Now, I found the setup of the PCI-E connectors fairly interesting. The four PCI-E connectors are divided onto two cables. Yet, in many of today’s systems, high-end video card setups are the heftiest of power users, literally slurping up a majority of a computer's power. While I'm not fond of the idea of having two high-end graphics cards share a cable, this is not much of a problem unless one is running an extremely high-end setup, with three or more top of the line graphics cards. That is, until I saw the 6/8pin connector. The whole point of the introduction of the 8pin over the 6pin was to add more wire, and thus a greater capacity of power to the graphics card. Thus, Apevia adds insult to injury by not only sharing two 6pins on a single cable, but having the extra two pins share (again) with the same cable. I can do the same thing with a $0.50 adaptor. The PCI-E connector setup is definitely something I do not like seeing on such a high-end product.