SLCentral - Your logical choice for computing and technology
Latest Deals   
Various options regarding this article
Discuss This Article
Print This Article

Navigation
  • Home
  • Search
  • Forums
  • Hardware
  • Games
  • Tech News
  • Deals
  • Prices
  • A Guru's World
  • CPU/Memory Watch
  • Site Info
  • Latest News
    Corsair TX750W Power Supply Unit Review
    Businesses For Sale
    Shure E530PTH Earphones Review
    Guide to HDTVs
    Cheap Web Hosting
    >> Read More
    Latest Reviews
    Corsair TX750W Power Supply Unit - 4-/-0/2008
    Shure E530PTH Earphones - 9-/-0/2007
    Suunto T6 Wrist Top Computer - 1-/-0/2007
    Suunto X9i Wristwatch - 9-/-0/2006
    Shure E3g Earphones - 5-/-0/2006
    >> Read More
    SL Newsletter
    Recieve bi-weekly updates on news, new articles, and more


    Raidmax RX-520XP PSU
    Author: jonnyguru
    Date Posted:17/03/2005 10:07.18
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: There's more to picking a PSU than the wattage, as explained in the first of a series of forthcoming PSU reviews.

    Find the lowest price for this product
    Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Discuss This Article


    Overview

    Aesthetic Overview:

    I rather enjoyed the Raid Max's understated snazziness. The power supply is trick looking without looking annoying. It's the same titanium finish as the Ultra and features blue lighting (albiet blue LED's as opposed to blue UV reactive fans with UV lighting.) The Raid Max also had some nice windows on it like the Ultra, but I think the reason why I think this power supply looks a tad understated is because the fans are on the front and back of the power supply and not the back and bottom, so the lighting is not concentrated in one area.

    Taking a look at the label:

    RAID MAX RX-520XP +3.3V +5V +12V -12V -5V +5VSB
    Max Output Current 26A 45A 18A 1A 0.8A 2.5A
    Max Combined Wattage 220W 216W 12W 4W 12.5W

    As you can see above, the Raid Max is very strong on the 5V rail and not so much on the 12V rail. I'm not sure why Raid Max didn't put more attention on voltage distribution. Take a look at the negative DC and 5V standby, for example. 28.5W alone is spent on those rails. Why?

    What power connectors do we get?


    The cables are all twisted to help reduce EMI. The two "VGA/HDD" and the ATX connectors have a shield on them.
    What's funny is that if I look really close at these shields, I can see the word "Tagan" on them. Oops!

    RAID MAX RX-520XP POWER CONNECTORS QUANTITY OF CONNECTORS
    ATX connector 20+4 pin
    2 x 2 12V connectors 2
    2 x 3 PCIe 0
    6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 0
    5.25" Drive connectors 8*
    3.5" Drive connectors 2
    SATA Drive power connectors 2
    Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 4

    * = 6 of the 5.25"connectors are typical where two of them have the EMI and ripple filtering on them.


    Here's a close up of the VGA/HDD and the ATX connector.
    The ATX connector actually has a modular design that allows it to easily become an EPS12V connector by just clipping on the extra four wires on the end (as shown.)
    There's also two 2x2 12V connectors that snap together and become one 2x4 connector.


    I've voided my warranty further by stripping the heat-shrink tubing off of the VGA/HDD connector to expose the iron ferrite cores and small capacitors used to clean ripple and reduce EMI.

    So now it's time for some testing!



    Next Page Go the the next page
    Article Options

    Post/View Comments   Post/View Comments
    Print this article   Print This Article
    Article Navigation

    1. Introduction
    2. Wattage
    3. Parameters
    4. Methodology
    5. RX-520XP
    6. Observations
    7. Overview
    8. Results/Conclusion

    If you liked this review, you may like...

    Ultra Wizard ATX Case

    Thermaltake Xaser Series Full tower ATX Cases

    CMI BMW Style Mid-Tower ATX Case


    Browse the various sections of the site
    Hardware
    Reviews, Articles, News, All Reviews...
    Gaming
    Reviews, Articles, News...
    Regular Sections
    A Guru's World, CPU/Memory Watch, SLDeals...
    SLBoards
    Forums, Register(Free), Todays Discussions...
    Site Info
    Search, About Us, Advertise...
    Copyright 1998-2007 . All Rights Reserved. Thursday 18th January 2018 09:56 PM Legal | Advertising | Site Info