Ultra X2 750W Titanium Modular PSU - Closer Look at the X2 750W PSU

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Ultra X2 750W Titanium Modular PSU
Closer Look at the X2 750W PSU
Testing the 750W Titanium PSU
Full Load Testing and Final Thoughts

Closer Look:

No matter what you say about this PSU, it is a beauty.  If looks really mattered and indicated performance, we'd already be giving this PSU a "Top Pick" award.  That being said, beauty is only skin (powder coat or plating) deep and what matters in the end is how it performs.  Still, you have to give a little credit to Ultra Products for the fit and finish of this unit.

Rear Grill
Rear Grill

 

Ventilation and cooling are well taken care of with a large 120mm fan with a very attractive and quite unrestrictive fan grill.  Ultra proudly has their name emblazoned across the grill and it adds to the class and curb appeal of this unit.  The rear of the PSU is almost entirely open mesh that allows the hot air to escape and aids in cooling the components.

 X2 Profile
X2 Profile

 

You can see that this is a totally modular PSU as even the 24-pin motherboard cable is modular.  Also modular plane are connections for two 6-pin PCIe cables, an 8-pin and 4-pin auxiliary motherboard cables, 5 Molex cables, and two SATA cables.

You can see a close-up of this modular backplane below, as well as a picture showing how shiny this unit is.

 Modular Backplane
Modular Backplane
 Shiny Finish
Shiny Finish

 

Closer Look Inside:

While not as hardcore as some when it comes to testing hardware, we do like to see what's inside most products and insist on voiding warranty and taking them apart.  The outside is superficial and whether you are a hardcore enthusiast, what really matters is what is inside.

Inside PSU
Inside PSU

 

The inside is fairly tidy, albeit a little on the light side of things.  We've seen much larger capacitors, transformers and choke coils in PSU that were rated with similar output and this doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.  In order to make room, some of the components have been installed on daughter boards that are mounted in different locations.

 Daughter Boards
Daughter Boards
Connector Gap
Connector Gap
Rail Distribution
Rail Distribution

 

Maybe I'm just getting fussy, but the inside of this PSU looks like it was built by a guy on a Friday 20 minutes before quitting time.  There is a lot of excess glue strung around inside, and the 24-pin motherboard connector isn't even plugged all the way in.  The soldering on the modular place looks pretty good however, although some of the ground wires look a little shaky.

Fan Blockage
Fan Blockage

 

While the 120mm fan is all nice a good, a quick look shows that it has about 30mm of one side blocked off.  This blocked part sits over the modular backplane and is possibly meant to keep the shoddy wiring from catching in the fan.  I'm sorry, it's not that bad, but there is no real reason to block off the fan on the inside unless something will catch in it.

On the next page, we'll plug in this unit and see how it performs with no load, an average load and then at a 510W load.