The OCZ Fatal1ty 550W PSU arrives in very attractive packaging, with cables hidden in a cardboard compartment on the right, and a small manual on top with a nice shot of Mr. Fatal1ty himself. In all, the unit's bundle includes: a power cord, a user's manual and a nylon and mesh zip-up bag full of the modular, optional cables. The manual offers basic two-page installation and troubleshooting in a variety of languages, but cable descriptions are only in English at the very end. While a bit overboard, I think the cable bag is a nice touch. I've had a lot of trouble finding a good way to store unused modular cables in the past.
Overall, the unit has a very simple and plain look to it. You might notice that the actual unit differs from its picture on the manual in appearance. On the manual, as well as on the 700W version, the Fatal1ty logo is actually cut out so that the fan's glow shines through. Not so on the 550W, just a regular sticker. On the bottom of the unit is a 135mm red LED fan to keep with the Fatal1ty theme. The inside end features the modular connections (elaborated on below) and the outside end houses an nonrestrictive honeycomb grill. Power input to the unit is full-range.
As I noted just above, on the inside end of the PSU are the ports for the modular cables included with the unit. The housing for the ports is nice and sturdy, and makes for a hefty overall feel. I noticed that the plastic grommet in the inside end of the unit had come loose during shipping. While this is not a big deal, and the grommet popped right back in, it does make you rethink the build quality of the unit.
Continue on as we take a look at cables.