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    Ultra X-Connect 500W Titanium PSU
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:20/03/2005 06:13.42
    SLRating: SLRating: 8.5/10
    Bottom Line: We took a detailed look at the Ultra X-Connect 500W Titanium PSU, it's got modular cables, lights, windows and a shiny finish. But how did it compare and perform to the other PSU's we reviewed?

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    B B B Breakdown.....

    Here's the skinny... Table please! (Don't forget to tip the maitre d'!)

    ULTRA 500W X-CONNECT +3.3V +5V +12V -12V -5V +5VSB
    Max Output Current 28A 30A 34A 0.8A 0.3A 2A
    Max Combined Wattage

    Note the heavy on the 12V at the sacrifice of the 5V. This is actually a good thing for newer systems that are regulating CPU voltage from the 12V rail where they used to regulate from the 5V. The -5V and -12V are really low, which is fine by today's standards. Now that ISA is all but extinct, I believe onboard sound is the only thing that uses negative DC current. That and serial port devices still sometimes use -12V, but I'm not sure who uses those anymore either (using Hyper Terminal to get into your MultiTech MultiVoIP does not require -12V)!

    Now the X-Connect is sort of tricky to lay out to you when it comes to explaining cables. The power supply accommodates up to however many cables you plug into it. There's an ATX only port and a 2x2 only port and a Xeon/AUX only port, but other than that, there are 5 12V/5V ports that can be used for 5.25, 3.5, SATA and PCIe power connectors. And some of the optional cables split into two, so without even adding "Y" splitters you can hook up 10 drives, 9 drives and a PCIe video card or what have you. So the below table only reflects what CAME WITH my 500W X-Connect sample. If you're willing to spend about $10 a pop for more cables, it's carte blanche, baby.

    ATX connector 20 pin
    2 x 2 12V connectors 1
    2 x 3 PCIe 0
    6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 1
    5.25" Drive connectors 8
    3.5" Drive connectors 1
    SATA Drive power connectors 2*
    Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 0
    *The SATA power connectors are actually on a "Y" splitter that eats up two of your 5.25 drive power connectors.

    Here's the power supply running with a UV light placed underneath the cables to show how they are UV reactive.

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