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    OCZ ModStream 520W PSU
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:06/04/2005 12:52.05
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: OCZ started out as a performance memory company. When they came out with power supplies JonnyGuru was sceptical but at just over $100, it's probably the best power you can get for the money.

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    Label and Specifications

    Clearly, the ModStream is no PowerStream.  But the PowerStream claims to have 6 independent rails, which means 6 seperate MOSFET's.  The ModPower, although powerful, has the usual 5 rails (or less) where lower voltages are used to regulate even lower voltages, making the capability of one rail completely dependant on the load of the other.  Not a bad thing IF the power supply uses quality components.

    OCZ ModStream 520W +3.3V +5V +12V -12V -5V +5VSB
    Max Output Current 28A 52A


    1.0A 0.8A 2.5A
    Max Combined Peak Wattage 260W 336W 12W 4W 12.5W
    500W 28W


    ATX connector 24-pin*
    2 x 2 12V connectors 1
    2 x 3 PCIe 1
    6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 0
    5.25" Drive connectors 4
    3.5" Drive connectors 1
    SATA Drive power connectors 2
    Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 0

    With only four 4-pin 5.25 Molex connectors, it's clear that OCZ expects you to have SATA drives.  And one of the 5.25 cables only has one connector on it, which would probably be best for a second PCI Express card if you were to run SLI.  Given that there's also no fan only connectors, I can see doing a LOT of daisy chaining to get all of your lights and fans hooked up.   Think about it:  Even with SATA drives, if you use a molex for a second PCI Express card and two for your two optical drives, you're left with 1 connector for everything else.  Fortunately, there's FOUR interfaces on the power supply, so you could BUY one more cable or plug a fan power connector directly into the power supply.

    There's a dedicated PCI Express cable and a dedicated SATA cable.  Having a dedicated SATA cable means you get the 3.3V that future SATA drives may use.

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