Spire SP-600W Rocketeer IV Gaming Power Supply
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-23-2006
Provided by: Spire

Test Rig:

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ overclocked to 2.3gHz

Abit AN8 nForce4 motherboard

2 x 512 Geil PC-3200 2-3-3-6 memory

XFX geForce 6600GT

Hitachi SATA 160 gig HDD

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU cooler

Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7 GPU cooler

CoolerMaster Ammo 533 case

What a mess! Let's hope that the SP-600W's modular design can help clean up this rats nest.

My old Antec TruePower 430 has been a faithful companion for well over two years. It needs a rest.

First, I determine which power cables I will need. Since this is a fairly "bare bones" rig, I don't need many.

Next, I install the Rocketeer IV. Notice the shiny finish. Also, notice the cool embossed Spire logo. The embossing at the bottom of the case is their website address.

Then, I connect the power cable. As I previously mentioned, it is rather stiff. I accidently dislodged my shock-mounted CPU fan while connecting the power connector. Mostly because I really wasn't paying attention though.

I inadvertently had the other cables laying where the sun was shining in a window while I was installing the PSU and power cable. When I picked them up, they were extremely flexible, due to being slightly warm. Though the power cable really isn't that stiff, warming it slightly in the sun or over a heating vent would make installation easier.

Next, I connect the P4 cable. Well, I guess on AMD rigs it is known as the 12v1 connector. As I mentioned, it comes zip-tied with another P4 connector... I cut the zip-ties, and stowed the other cable in front of the PSU.

I was right, the SATA cable is plenty long enough for large cases, or routing it out of the way in smaller cases.

Finally, I connect my optical drive and fans. The 4-pin molex cables only have two connectors. Not a problem on this rig, but in a rig with more hardware, such as two or three optical drives, a fan controller, or a video card with a molex connector, I really feel that a third connector on each cable would be much better.

And that's it. Man, what an improvement! I really like the looks of the shielded cables.

Let's do some testing, and wrap up this review.

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