Ultra X3 600W Power Supply
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-03-2007
Provided by: Ultra Products
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Here's the box I showed you earlier that houses all of the cables. The manual is in the very straightforward “plug-me-in” style, and also has some pin alignment diagrams and a chart on efficiency at various levels of load. All cables are “flex-fit” sleeved, which is designed to reduce cable clutter by allowing cables to lie flat against case walls and tuck behind various components.

This first shot of cables shows you two 6-pin PCI-e cables, one of which can also be an 8-pin cable. This may not seem like a whole lot, but it is only a 600W power supply, so you won't be running dual 8800Ultra's with a Quad-Core CPU on this. The motherboard connector is 24 pins, the last 4 hang off on a 20pin motherboard, and there are two CPU connectors: one 4 pin and one 8 pin.

This power supply comes with all of the Molex leads you could ever need. Something nice about this, though, is that they're of various lengths, so you can run a short one right to a CD drive and some longer ones to fans in the far reaches of your case. I was also surprised to find a few 3-pin fan power connectors, which is always a good thing, and there's also a floppy connector.

The power cable included is of the largest gauge I've ever seen, another example of how Ultra is really leaving nothing out for this product. In addition to having all of the Molex leads you could ever desire, there's also plenty of SATA power connections, more than I would expect anyone on 600W to be using, but that's the beauty of a modular system: you don't have to use everything.

Here are some shots of the PSU in the system. As you can see the modular cabling system works out very nicely, and so does the flex-fit sleeving, especially for tucking those SATA cables around that corner. The only real cable mess I have after installing this PSU is from my case's front panel leads, and I didn't even try very hard to clean it up for you guys. Time to test it out and wrap this review up.

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