Ultra X3 1000W PSU
|Ultra X3 1000W PSU|
|Features, Specs and Info|
|Inside the 1000W Ultra X3|
|650W Tests and Final Thoughts|
The Ultra X3 1000W PSU that we have on the bench today is the second 1kW PSU we've tested. Back in October we had a look at the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W unit, and today we are looking at Ultra's 1000W offering and will see how it stacks up. This unit is modular, very shiny and has a single 12v rail that offers up an impressive 70A. If you have a power hungry gaming rig with multiple graphics cards, you'll want to keep on reading to see if this PSU has what it takes, or if it's all smoke and mirrors (hopefully not much smoke).
Cables - First Look:
Once you open the box, you are greeted with a smaller box that holds the cables for this unit. There are a total of 18 cables in the box and enough connections to keep a couple of machines running. The cables are not "sleeved" as such, but have a nice finish that is very flexible and manageable.
Below is a picture from Ultra of the cable lineup included with the 1000W Ultra X3 PSU.
One thing that I appreciate about Ultra X3 PSU's is the cable lengths and configuration. Not only are there a lot of cables, but the cables come in various lengths that make it easier to tame the cable beast inside your machine. These cables are extremely flexible, which makes things even easier.
PSU - First Look:
The Ultra X3 1000W PSU is not the heaviest unit we've tested, but it isn't a feather-weight either. It is pretty stout and comes very well packaged. The box is almost on the 1000W unit is red, where the 800W and 600W units we've reviewed in the past where simply black. The red grabs your attention and makes you want to open the box and take a better look.
This PSU is only a little longer than standard Power Supplies and should fit into almost any case. The exception will be cases that fit the PSU at the very top, and have a top exhaust fan. This could pose a problem.
Another thing I like about the X3 series from Ultra Products is the completely modular design. Even the 24-pin motherboard connector is modular. In some ways this is overkill, as every computer will need this cable. However, in some tight cases, it may be easier to install the PSU without the large cable, so this is a welcome feature.
Cooling is taken care of by a well-ventilated grill on the back and a large 135mm fan. The grill also contains the standard Power connector and switch. Some power supplies, like the Zalman ZM-850HP, don't have a power switch and this can be annoying. Thankfully, the Ultra X3 1kW unit has a switch. There is not switch for 110v/220v, but the PSU takes care of this automatically.
Before we tear this unit apart and see what's inside, let's take a look at the features, specifications and information from Ultra.