Ultra X3 800W Modular PSU - FlexForce Cables and Inside the PSU

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Ultra X3 800W Modular PSU
FlexForce Cables and Inside the PSU
Let the Testing Begin!
650W Load Tests and Final Thoughts

X3 800W PSU Cables:

Ultra has provided a plethora of cables for massive amounts of connectivity with this unit.  There are a total of 19 additional cables with this unit that allow connecting a total of 28 devices, including three fans + motherboard connections.  If you need more devices inside your case than that, you'll probably need a bigger PSU to go with them.

The beauty of these cables is that they are so flexible.  This is thanks to the Ultra Products "FlexForce" Slim Cable design.

FlexForce

FlexForce is a beautiful thing.  These cables can be bent quite sharply and tucked into a small gap to help hide the cables and make your case neat and tidy.

 

Cable Lengths
Cable Lengths

 Included Cables
Included Cables

 

If you need more cables to power your computer, you've got more hardware, fans and accessories than most people.  One thing that I really like about the cables included with this PSU is the diverse lengths.  If you need long cables to reach drives in a large case, they are included.  On the flip side, there are also shorter cables to reach in smaller cases.  Not only are the length choices great, but these cables are very flexible as well.  This makes for a great set of cables that enhance the looks of a sleek power supply.

 

Inside the X3:

Please keep in mind that when opening a power supply you immediately void all warranty.  You also run risk of harming yourself if you should in fact accidentally discharge a capacitor through your finger, ear or lips.  Please don't open your own PSU as it could be hazardous.

 Open Profile
Open Profile
 Full Open
Full Open
   
 Large Coils
Large Coils
 Solder Gobs
Solder Gobs

 

Some of the components inside this 800W unit are just downright massive.  This is because of the single high current 12v rail.  This is the largest coil I've seen in a PSU to date, but I'm sure the one inside a 1200W or 1600W PSU are much larger.  If you belong to the "bigger the gob the better the job" philosophy when it comes to soldering, the X3 800W is a winner.  There is a lot of solder on the 12v lines inside the unit.  They have to carry 60A of continuous power to live up to their specifications.

This high amperage produces quite a bit of heat, although with an 80%+ efficient PSU, the heat is somewhat reduced over less efficient units.  Still, cooling must be done and it's taken care of by some rather large heatsinks and the single 135mm fan.

135mm Fan
135mm Fan

 

On the next page, we'll begin testing this unit to see how it stands up to a fairly demanding system.