Date: December 28th, 2009
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
Ultra has given all the members of the X4 line a similar look, with embossed side panels and an attractive semi-gloss black coating. The back panel is perforated in a honeycomb pattern to allow proper ventilation area for the 135mm cooling fan. An oversized on/off switch and a socket for the wall power cord are the only other features on the rear.
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.
The label gives some specific information, but there’s not much detail. For example, the label lists Active PFC as a feature but no numbers at all. Actually with an 8-Plus Silver rating, one would expect to see a number approaching 100 here, and I’d also expect Ultra to display it proudly. Oh well…Let’s move on to the modular cabling.
Inside the black cardboard box there is a dual-compartment black ballistic nylon bag with Velcro closures. The bag is labeled with the X$ and Ultra logos and provides convenient storage for the…
…modular cables, wall power cord and anything else one would want to store. Power cables are sleeved in a black mesh material and secured with heatshrink. Each cable is folded and Ultra has included a Velcro tie-wrap for every bundle. The cables are of generous length and feature the connectors listed in the features section. Not mentioned is the cable pictured (lower left) in the above photo. Ultra also includes a cable for fans. This handy item allows three 3-pin fans to be powered directly from the PSU. This is a nice feature that I wish more modular PSU providers would include. The wall cord uses 16 AWG wire, heavier than the more common 18 AWG (or smaller) found in most other cords. The main ATX cable is clearly marked, and has no 20- to 24-pin feature. At this stage of the game, I can’t fault Ultra for lack of 20-pin support and this plug would likely work with most 20-pin boards anyway. By the way, the above photo illustrates just a sampling of the fifteen included cables. The X3 series of power supplies from Ultra featured what they called “FlexForce” cables, a design incorporating flat, ribbon-style cables that were very flexible and easy to route. The X4 cables are much stiffer and harder to deal with.