Date: June 17th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: In Win USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The unit itself is a matte army green color with “1200W” in large yellow letters on the side. It reminds me of an ammo box. Computer hardware comes in all sorts of colors these days, but I think it's safe to say the Commander's appearance is in a class by itself. It's refreshing to see a creative paint job as opposed to the common practice of installing lights everywhere.
A 140mm double ball bearing fan with smart thermostat control provides cooling. Additionally, the dark gray color goes well with the rest of the paint scheme.
The entire back area is meshed to allow warm air to escape. Also here is a standard power plug and a large on/off switch. The red switch is a sharp contrast with the rest of the unit and in my opinion takes away from the otherwise aesthetically pleasing look.
The spec label shows some nice numbers overall. There are a total of four +12V rails with plenty of juice going to each one, so just about any SLI or Crossfire setup should have enough power without having to worry about instability or other problems.
Sockets for modular cables are arranged neatly and the PCI-e +12V plugs are color coded so each video card can use a dedicated rail. It's also worth noting that the sleeving on the permanently attached cables stops short of the end. For such a high end PSU this seems a bit unusual.
Main power is supplied by a 20+4 pin connector, so motherboards with both 20 and 24 sockets are compatible. There are also two +12V CPU connectors – one solid 8-pin, and one 4+4-pin that is detachable.