Date: November 29th, 2005
Article by: Matt Mantle (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Enermax
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PRODUCT FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
As you can see the Enermax Liberty 400W PSU sports a number of features that just make life easier. A few of the important ones are explained below.
Modular Cables - Obviously this is the highlight of the PSU, and this will allow you to use as many or as few cables as you might need. No need for the squirrels nest of unused leads.
Active PFC - Power Factor Correction technology allows the PSU to consume only enough power to supply the demands of the devices connected to it. This results in lower electric bills, less heat and cleaner power to downstream devices.
Input Voltage - Thank goodness, we're seeing this a lot more - the Enermax Liberty 400W is another PSU that will automatically switch input voltages from 100-240VAC. No more accidental scorchings!
Rails - The Liberty 400W is a pretty substantial 400W PSU with 2 separate +12V rails measuring in at 20A apiece. Its no slouch with 28A on the +5V rail and 26A on the +3.3V rail too.
The Enermax PSU is ready for Dual Core and Dual CPU systems, PCI-e, SLI and Crossfire and is fully EMI shielded for your equipment protection.
PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL
Inside the surprisingly small box you'll find neatly stored:
- A well written instruction and installation manual
- A normal run of the mill power cord
- 4 screws
- 2 nice Enermax case stickers
- 1 nice little extra - an Enermax lanyard. Bonus!
Also, you get this nice folding case. For what you ask? For all your modular PSU cables. Talk about thinking ahead - they give you a carrying case so you can take the extras with you to a LAN or wherever your travels take you. Also...probably so they don't get lost - good call Enermax. From left to right you have your PCI-e power cable, 1 cable with 2 4-pin Molex, 2 SATA connectors, and 1 FDD, and 2 cables with 2 Molex and 2 SATA. Its a nice selection, and the cables are definitely long enough for a full tower case, measuring in at over 20 inches. One point to mention here is a small note from the manual - each cable is built to use either both 4-pin Molex or both SATA connectors, but not all 4. Which makes sense, but in this writer's opinion, having the ability to just have 1 cable with 2 4-pin Molex and 1 cable with 2 SATA might have made more sense, seeing as the whole point of a modular PSU is to reduce the amount of cable and connectors in your case. Regardless, after installation, I can definitely say that the method Enermax has used works just fine.
Last but certainly not least, the piece de resistance. While the Liberty does have a nice finish to it, I wouldn't describe it as a mirror finish. Its a very glossy black though, and surprisingly enough doesn't take fingerprints too easily, so that's always a good thing.
You can see here also that the 20/24 pin leads as well as the 4/8 pin leads (and a fan monitor) are already attached to the PSU and cannot be removed. Makes sense, seeing as you'll always need those, and the fan connector is a nice touch as it allows you to see what the PSU fan is doing, because it does indeed change.