I only ran into one slight problem during installation. The SATA power connectors are too close together to power two drives positioned horizontally side by side with one lead. Looks like the connectors are spaced for stacking drives vertically, the "standard" way. But, this is easy to get around of course, simply run another SATA power lead to power the second drive.
The ET-850 installed and everything hooked up. I used the included zip-ties to bundle up any wires that I'm not using, which you can see sitting on the floor of the case.
A rear shot of the ET-850 installed in an AeroCool Zero° flexi tower.
The power indicator light glows orange when there is power to the PSU and the system is turned off.
The light turns green when the system is powered on.
Test Setup: (detailed listing)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.4Ghz / 1.35v
Retail Intel cooler
Gigabyte 965P-DS3 motherboard
EVGA GeForce 7950GX2 @ 575/1400
Auzentech X-Mystique sound card
4x512MB G.Skill PC6400 @ 850-4-4-4-8
2x 80GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb cache SATA drives (striped in raid0)
1x 80GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb cache IDE drive
Pioneer 16x16 DVDRW
3x120mm and 1x250mm fans on Nexus controller
The readings shown are the averages of the high and low readings on the rails over a week of use through a variety of applications and games. Since most power supplies correct any fluctuation in the current to the rails before our multimeters would even notice, and because we lack the proper equipment, we're unable to monitor every output in realtime simultaneously, so these are very rough ideas.
This unit provides a lot of power and a lot of power connections, more than the average user needs. Not everyone has a quad-core CPU and a graphics card configuration requiring more than two or even a single PCI-E connection, but for those that do, the ET-850 certainly won't let you down. With four PCI-E leads and SLI Ready certification, it's ready to push that new quad-core + 8800GTX SLI setup that you've been dreaming of. It would be a great choice for that new system, but can be a little heavy on the wallet compared to some alternatives with an average retail price of $230 USD. As with everything, you get what you pay for.
Plenty of wattage/amperage.
Plenty of power connectors.
Ready for the road ahead.
SATA power connectors are spaced a little short.
We would like to award the Etasis ET-850 our OCIA.Net seal of approval.
$229.99 over at Case-mod.com at the time of review (12/22/06).
We would like to thank Case-mod.com for providing us with this sample for review