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Date: July 11th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



There are a total of five 4-pin and a single floppy connector divided amongst two cables. This should be plenty for most users.



Each of the two PCI-E cables have both a 6-pin and an 8-pin connector to support modern and future graphics cards. The bulges near the connectors are what Cooler Master calls, “bead core protection to minimize EMI for reducing noise.”



Curiously, only three SATA connectors are provided. While this will satisfy most user's needs, a raid array and SATA optical drive will quickly exhaust the native connectors and force the user to use patch cables. All the cables have a generous length and the sleeving is well done and quite secure.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



For this review, I've chosen a DFI Infinity P965-S motherboard coupled with an Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale processor (overclocked to 2.4 GHz, +0.1 Vcore.) The other components are listed below.


- eVGA 7900 GS KO graphics card with stock cooler
- Buffalo Firestix PC2-6400 (1024mb X 2) memory
- Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W PSU
- Western Digital Raptor 360 SATA hard drive
- LG DVD-RW drive


Testing consisted of monitoring voltages from the +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails while the system was at idle, and during multiple passes of Prime95 on both cores while running loops of 3Dmark05. Voltages were monitored with a digital multimeter. Over several days of testing, including overclocks exceeding 30%, 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 all four +12 rails measured within 0.07V of each other. The fan was essentially silent throughout the several days of testing and the PSU put out very little heat.

 

 


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