Ultra Power Partner 325W Additional PSU

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Ultra Power Partner 325W Additional PSU
Features and Specifications
Inside the PSU and Testing

Product: Ultra Power Partner 5.25” Bay 325W PSU
Provided By: Ultra Products
Real-Time Price:

 

Introduction:

Power requirements of today’s high-end computers have reached gigantic proportions.  It wasn’t that long ago that you would have got laughed at and been considered crazy to have a 600W or greater PSU.  Today, it’s very easy for a high-end machine to draw 600W and some machines can even draw up to 800W consistently.  High output power supplies are very expensive.  Once you exceed 800W, the cost per Watt of output rises dramatically.  A 600W PSU can cost around $100 and a 1000W PSU will easily set you back $250 or more.

Box Of Power
Box Of Power

 

If you need a bit more power than you get from your current PSU, but can’t afford a new big whopping 1kW or greater unit, the Ultra Products Power Partner 325W PSU may be exactly what you’re looking for.  This is a small “booster” PSU that fits in a 5.25” bay and adds an extra 12v rail and an extra 5v rail to your system.

If you’ve just dropped a few hundred dollars on a new graphics card or two and can’t afford to drop $250+ on a new PSU as well, this $70 upgrade may be enough to get you by and help tide you over.


In the Box & Bundle:

Although this PSU comes is a fairly small box, it is quite heavy.  The PSU comes well packaged and arrived in good shape with no shipping damage.  In the box is a quick install guide, a power cord, a PCI Slot pass-through bracket and of course the non-modular PSU.

 In The Box
In The Box
 Bundle
Bundle

 

The bundled cables include 2 Molex connectors, 2x 6-pin PCIe connectors, 1x 8-pin PCIe connetor and the 24 pin pass-through connector required to “jumpstart” this PSU when the main PSU is engaged.  These cables use Ultra Products’ FlexForce system and are very flexible and manageable, but because they are not modular they do add quite a bit of cable clutter to your machine.

Bundle of Cables
Bundle of Cables

 

The overall appearance of the Power Partner PSU is quite clean and nice.  It has a fine microfilter inside the front grill to keep dust out of the unit.  It is cooled by a pair 30mm fans and these pull in fresh air from the front and exhaust the hot air inside the case.  In most circumstances, the PSU generates very little heat, but if it is loaded and providing 200W or more, it actually generates a lot of heat and this will be dumped into your case – causing increased case temperatures resulting in higher CPU and GPU temperatures – especially with traditional air cooling.

The PSU has a steel case and the finish isn’t nearly as impressive as Ultra’s X3 PSUs.  I think that Ultra could finish this unit a little better for a bit better curb appeal.

 Front Closed
Front Closed

 

Before we jump into testing, let’s take a look at the specifications and features of the Power Partner from Ultra.