Date: May 22nd, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Most of the specs are straightforward, and common to higher-end PSU's.
1. Intelligent Circuit Configuration
* No.1 "Double Forward Switching Circuit" Technology for 85% Efficiency
* Intelligent circuit configuration for higher stability and reliability
* Super silent operation with intelligent fan speed controller
2. Green Power Product
* Green power design to meet “Energy Star” and “Blue Angel” requirements for energy and money savings
* RoHS Compliance
3. High Performance
* Compliance with the newest Intel® standard ATX 12V V 2.2
* With 5Vsb increasing from 2A to 3A, it could support up to 8~10pcs USB devices.
* USB devices could be charged when your PC is power off.
* 120mm dual ball bearing fan makes superb heat dissipation at low noise (17dBA)
* Sleeved Cables for neat management and airflow improvement.
4. High Reliability
* Life expectancy: MTBF > 400,000 hours
* Passing Over-Voltage, Under-Voltage, Over-Temperature, Over-Current, Over- Loading, and
* Short Circuit Protection
* Passing 100% burn-in, hi-pot & ATE tested
5. Worry Free While you work or play
* Power Failure Detector will light up when Over-Voltage, Under-Voltage, Over-Temperature,
* Over-Current, Over-Loading, and Short circuit occur.
* PCI-e connector with bead core protection to minimize EMI for reducing noises.
Two important things to note in the specs: the Active PFC, and the Energy Star/Blue Angel certifications. We'll get into those in more detail later on.
After opening the shipping box, I was presented with a very nice, colorful retail box. As odd as this might sound, I was very impressed. The box is a flip-top style, which is a very pleasant change from the typical PSU box, which requires a certain amount of digging and banging to remove the product. After cutting a small piece of sealing tape……..
…….you can easily access your new PSU. While I'm sure this was not in Cooler Master's plan, the packing has already saved me energy. I believe the combination of prying out too-tight Styrofoam packing combined with the swearing involved consumes at least 1 kw/h.
Lifting the two flaps reveals the iGreen 430 in all it's pristine glory.
The contents of the box are the usual suspects. The PSU, a heavy-duty power cable, an owner's manual, and a small bag of mounting screws. No surprises here.