Ultra X4 1200 Watt Modular PSU
|Ultra X4 1200 Watt Modular PSU|
|1200W PSU, Specs, Cables and More|
|Inside the PSU and Test Setup|
|Testing the Ultra X4 1200W PSU|
It's been a while since we have seen anything from Ultra Products here at BCCHardware. It seems that since they released the un-impressive X2 750W PSU, that they actually went into remission and haven't released any new power supplies since then. It seems that they are back in the game with the X4 Modular units that are hopefully stable, powerful and quiet. We will be testing in the 1200W unit - the biggest one available here in North America, and will find out if it is up to the task of powering your power-hungry system.
We've once again dropped this unit on our PSU Test Bench to see how it will perform under idle, average and loaded conditions. We won't be using a multi-meter though as we want more accurate results. We'll be using a Tektronix Digital Scope for maximum accuracy and reliability. That being said, let's jump right in.
Ultra has always been good at presenting their products professionally, and this time is no different. The X4 1200W PSU showed up in a nice retail box that has a bevy of specifications, information and a lot of pictures of the contents and cables. Ultra claims that the PSU comes with a 3 Year Standard Warranty and Limited Lifetime Warranty so that may give you some peace of mind if you are thinking of choosing one of these units for your next build. For those of you concerned with efficiency, the X4 1200W PSU claims to be 80+ certified and have 85% efficiency at "Nominal Input Voltage". In short, the PSU is quite efficient under normal circumstances.
While 1200W is overkill for most people, there are a select few that could use this kind of power. For instance, if you are running Tri-SLI or quad CrossfireX, you may find that you use more than 1000W when you're loaded up. If you are running a pair of cards, and a single CPU, this PSU will certainly be overkill. With that in mind, let's take our first peak at this 1200W monster.
The first thing I noticed both impresses and scares me as I noted the small size of this 1200W PSU. It's a standard ATX size and measures no larger than cheap 400W PSUs that come with $50 computer cases. If Ultra has done the work and used extremely efficient components, they may pull it off, but if not, this thing will either scream like a banshee in order to stay cool or it will explode somewhere around 900W of usage.
You can see that the PSU isn't very large - for a 1200W unit, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Power components have got significantly smaller over the past few years as therefore, PSU's don't need to be massively oversized in order to be powerful. Hopefully, this unit holds up under load. We'll find out more on the next few pages.