Tuniq Miniplant 950W PSU
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-26-2008
Provided by: Tuniq
First Looks and Cables

Out of the box, we get a better look at the packaging of the Miniplant. A thin plastic bag is included to protect its finish, and the cables are in a separate compartment with the Tuniq logo. Included in the package are 10 cable-ties, a power cord, two 8-to-6-pin PCI-express power converters, and the unit itself.

The Miniplant comes in a nice black finish, which is quite reflective in bright light, but more faded in normal light. One side of the unit has the obligatory efficiency and SLI certification stickers, along with other quality control stickers. Different sites have the fan pegged anywhere from 120mm to 140mm in size, and upon measurement it appears to be about 135mm. At the back of the case we find the cables and selective venting slots. The power chart is located on the side of the unit, and is identical to the one found in the specifications earlier.

At an impressive 950W, the Miniplant sure comes with a lot of cables. It is understandable that there isn't a modular system in place because there probably isn't much room left over in the small form factor. All cables are sleeved from end to end and all the way into the unit.

The motherboard and two different CPU power connectors are very standard. One thing I noticed about the 20+4 pin motherboard connector was that there is no locking mechanism for the extra four pins, which means they could technically slide out at any time. This is worrisome for the LAN-partier in everyone that likes to move their case a lot, but shouldn't be a problem in everyday use.

Each PCI-express power connector is carefully labeled by +12V rail. There are two 8-pin PCI-express connectors, and two 6-pin connectors. The 8-to-6-pin converters can be used if you need more than just the standard two 6-pin connectors. Surprisingly, only six Molex connections are included on two different cables.

For a 950W power supply, I would have expected enough cables to support a plethora of components in different parts of the chassis, but that's not the case here. I also found it odd that there were two floppy power connectors, one at the end of each Molex cable, and not just one. There are also six SATA cables, all of which are right-angled. None of the cables have easy-release mechanisms built in.

Now that we've had a look at the unit, let's get some testing done!

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