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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



Two cables are included with four Molex connectors on each one. For fans and older optical and hard drives, these will come in handy. Tabs are on each connector to make it easier to install or remove.



For powering up newer SATA devices, there are 10 total connectors - five on each cable.




To power up those PCI-E graphics cards, In-Win included three 6+2-pin connectors, and three solid 6-pin connectors. Quite honestly I can't imagine the need for six graphics cards for most users, but it's good to have them available for any future upgrades.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING

 


Here are the components that I'll be testing the Commander with:

 


- Biostar TForce 550 SE Motherboard
- AMD X2 5000+ Black Edition CPU overclocked to 3.0 GHz
- Thermaltake Bigwater 760i LCS
- 2 x 1GB GSkill PC2-6400 RAM
- XFX Geforce 8600GT Video card
- 2 x 80GB WD800JD SATA hard drives
- NEC DVD-RW
- Thermaltake SwordM case


 

 

 


Only systems running the most powerful hardware available at the time of this writing warrant a 1200W PSU, and while my test system does well for gaming it's not quite top of the line. So for testing I will stress the CPU, memory, GPU, and hard drives simultaneously and record the load and idle voltages with Speedfan software.


I first recorded voltages while the system had been sitting idle at the Windows desktop for one hour, then ran continuous stress testing on the system for two hours and recorded voltages again. Here are the results:

 

+3.3V

+5V

+12V

IDLE

3.26

4.95

11.90

LOAD

3.25

4.92

11.90


Quite honestly I was expecting tighter rails than this, but no matter how much stress I put on the system I could not get the +12V rail to budge one bit. That says something because I'd much rather see 11.90 stable than a higher number that fluctuates a lot. Even though it's lower than I'd like to see, it showed some rock solid stability. The fan is very quiet as well; it was a struggle to hear it over other fans inside the case.

 

 


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