Date: September 3rd, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Ultra
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Ultra X3 600W is black. All black. The 135mm fan, fan grille and screws are black, with only textural and finish cues differentiating the various components. As we'll see, the cables and connectors are also black. I like black, but if you aren't partial to black, you'd better look elsewhere.
The finish on the case is very glossy. Mr. Bones finds this finish particularly appealing, given his narcissistic nature, and I like it very much as well.
The label provides abbreviated specifications and the customary certification symbols. Looking up the UL certification number, I found this PSU to be produced for Ultra by Andyson International, a Taiwanese company better known for making server power supplies. Ultra must have a lot of confidence in this manufacturer. The X3 line of power supplies carry a 3-year standard warranty and the user need only register their X3 with Ultra to upgrade to a limited lifetime warranty. Details of this offer are available on the Ultra website.
The rear has a honeycomb ventilation grille, power switch and wall-cord socket. The fit and finish of this unit is top-notch. It seems a shame to hide it in a computer case.
A brushed mounting plate (in black, of course) holds all the sockets for the modular cables and is attached to the casing with screws. As I mentioned earlier, this PSU is fully modular. While I don't feel that it's necessary to modularize the main 24-pin cable, I don't have a problem with it either and this feature may appeal to users with a difficult install to perform. At any rate, the connectors are detailed in the manual and one can't plug a connector into the wrong jack here, anyway. This is a convenient and intuitive layout that, in conjunction with the included cables, should satisfy the demands of most any user and system. Let's move on to the modular cabling.