Date: June 20th, 2007
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Ultra
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Five SATA power connectors
Eight 4-pin Molex connectors. No shortage of legacy or fan connectors here!
Two floppy connectors
And finally, three 3-pin fan-only connectors.
That's a whole bunch of connectors! Obviously, you won't be using all of them, but it's nice to see so much flexibility included with the X3. Even the most hardcore system builder will find enough connectivity here.
Rounding out our walkabout is the 135mm cooling fan. Rather than use two smaller fans, Ultra has chosen the now-standard single, large fan for good airflow with a minimum of noise.
Now that we've gotten a good look at the X3, let's install and get to testing!
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
For testing purposes, I tried to load up the X3 with a heavy amount of hardware. The list is as follows:
Intel P4 2.8c processor at 3.2ghz
1gb Geil RAM
X800GTO video card
FireWire 1814 sound
Two 200gb Diamondmax HDD's
0ne 300gb Diamondmax HDD
One 750gb Barracuda HDD
Pioneer DVD burner
Liquid cooling system
Various UV cold cathode lights
For testing, I ran Prime95 while either playing Half-Life 2 or rendering video from AVI to DVD format.
Initial voltages are shown above, and keen eyed readers will notice that there is only one 12v rail, instead of multiple rails. Never fear, though, that one rail is a monster, pushing out 70 amps! This should be adequate for the most robust SLI setup, even quad SLI.
During testing, voltages stayed solid, only moving a slight amount on the 3.3v rail, going down to 3.2v. All other rails maintained a steady voltage. Impressive, to say the least. And, even during the harshest testing, the fan remained relatively silent, and the PSU itself ran cool. If I had the finances to afford a quad SLI setup, I would have no problems using the X3 to power it.