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 PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Removing the plastic bag from the PSU gives you your first look. Clad in a polished, nickel-plated finish, the housing looks clean and elegant. Cooler Master opted for a single, thermally-controlled 120mm fan for cooling, with a grille that's plated in a matching finish…….
……..which vents through a honeycomb mesh on the rear of the PSU. This is an increasingly common setup, and is very effective. Cooler Master rates the PSU as having a 17db noise output at the lowest speeds, and my ears concur with that. Even at full throttle, the fan is far quieter than my other PSU's with a similar configuration.
The rear of the PSU has the power plug connector, power switch, and a small, red LED. We'll touch on the LED later, it's not what you think it is. Voltages are automatically controlled, so there is no 110/220v switch as on older PSU's.
Let's have a look at the connections the iGreen offers. The first thing you'll notice is the slightly iridescent sleeving. Once the property of daring case modders only, this type of sleeving is more prominent these days on aftermarket PSU's. Aside from looking cool, it also aids in case airflow. Given that the 430w is at the low end of the iGreen product line, it's a nice touch. My one complaint here is the hole that the cabling goes through is not grommeted or otherwise protected. A simple zip-tie keeps the cables together, but nothing protects them from the edges of the hole they pass through. For a frequent modder, this will be an issue.
Moving through the list of connectors……..
The iGreen comes with the newest, 24 pin 12v mainboard connector. Unlike previous generations, which required a 6” long, stiff-as-a-board adapter for older 20 pin mainboards…….
……….Cooler Master used the newest breakaway connector. The extra four pins are removable for older mainboards, but can be easily reattached when you upgrade.
The iGreen 430 includes 4 SATA connectors, two per cable.
Also present are five 4-pin Molex connectors, with grip-tabs. There are three on one line………
…….and two on another, with a floppy drive connector. This is an odd choice, and one that left me a little cold.
Also making the roster is a 4-pin 12v connector and a single 6-pin PCIe connector. No, this PSU is not SLI-ready. For power users and SLI freaks, the 500 and 600 watt models are both nVidia SLI certified, and include two 6-pin PCIe connectors.