Date: April 8th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The native cables are not fully sleeved into the case, but there is a protective grommet to protect the wires here. The same plastic ferrules pull duty at this end, too.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
For this review, Mr. Bones has chosen the following components:
MSI DKA790GX Platinum motherboard
AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz 140W CPU
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) OCZ2F10662GK RAM
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Mr. Bones, while being very vain and shallow, has unimpeachable integrity and will be overseeing testing. Let's proceed.
The native PCIe cable will support 6- or 8-pin graphics cards via the split connector.
Testing consisted of monitoring voltages from the +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails while the system was at idle, and during multiple passes of OCCT on both cores while running loops of 3Dmark05. Voltages were monitored with a digital multimeter. Over several days of testing, including overclocks exceeding 22%, rails were rock stable and not one power issue reared its ugly head. The results are as follows:
The results were excellent and unsurprising, given the specifications. The measured voltages were very close to their respective targets and there was very little ripple on any of the rails. The fan was essentially silent throughout the several days of testing and, as one would expect from a PSU with this kind of efficiency, the Antec Signature 650W stayed cool as well.