OCZ GameXStream 850w SLI-Ready Power Supply
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 12-29-2006
Provided by: OCZ Technology
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Introduction

It's no secret that today's hardware is demanding more power than ever before. For instance, those interested in running two 8800GTX cards in SLI are looking at a bare minimum of 750 watts in the power supply department. Factor in your processor(s) demands, hard drive(s) and watercooling gear and that 750 watt minimum seems a little less inviting. Granted, many of us are not fortunate enough to have the budget to support such extreme hardware addictions, there is one thing that we all should consider when purchasing a new power supply: future-proof. Even though you may not even come close to consuming this much power with your current system, it would be nice to be able to re-use your power supply in your next build, which obviously would consume more power than your current setup. Today we are taking a look at a power supply that fits both of these molds, the OCZ GameXStream 850w SLI-Ready Power Supply.



The GameXStream 850w comes in the same colorful package that we have come to expect from OCZ. The front panel details some of the unit's features and also proudly displays the 36-month PowerSwap Warranty seal.

Silent Operation: PowerWhipser technology diminishes noise to ensure silent, yet efficient operation.

Active PFC: Active PFC circuitry effectively regulates input voltage to deliver superior operation in a wider range of environments and countries with varying voltages.

Superior Cooling: Supreme air flow, courtesy of an ultra-quiet yet extremely vigorous 120mm fan complete with brilliant blue LEDs.

EMI Isolated casing: Sleek black chassis effectively reduces EMI.

Packed in Power: High performance and power packed in a compact footprint to free up precious case space.



The back of the retail box gives us a bit more detail regarding features and such.

Simply Powerful: The SLI Ready GameXStream 850 Watt power supplies (900W peak-load) are designed specifically for the most demanding computing environments of PC enthusiasts, Power Users and Gamers.

Silent Operation: High performance doesn't have to come with annoying fan noise, and OCZ PowerWhisper technology effectively reduces noise levels to a minimum, making this one of the quietest power supplies on the market!

"XStream" Cool: Experience leading edge reliability and performance with increased air flow, courtesy of a whisper-quiet yet extremely vigorous 120mm fan complete with brilliant blue LEDs.

Compact Power: Elite engineering allows GameXStream to pack serious power in a small space, resulting in a smaller footprint and more legroom for system add-ons.

Active PFC: Active PFC circuitry effectively regulates input voltage to deliver superior operation in a wider range of environments and countries with varying voltages.

OCZ 3 Year Warranty: The greatest PSU comes backed with the finest warranty, and OCZ offers an exclusive 3 year PowerSwap warranty program for unsurpassed peace of mind. No more endless return-for-repair loops!

Technical Support: Just as OCZ Technology is committed to bringing you the best products for your personal computer, we strive to provide the best customer support in the industry. Please feel free to email us at: support@ocztechnology.com

The side of the box gives us a nice look at the power breakdown.



Specifications below taken from OCZ's website.



Do note that the 600w and 700w models are NVIDIA SLI Certified. As of writing, this 850w model is pending certification.

More on the GameXStream 850w ahead...


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