Ultra X3 1000-Watt Energy Efficient Modular PSU
Introduction and Specifications
Today’s power supplies are a far cry from those that were available just a few years ago. With the increasing power demands of the latest GPUs and high-end processors, the need for ample, stable power has increased exponentially. With more and more attention being paid to efficiency and energy conservation, one has to question though, just how much power do you need? Not too long ago, a 750w PSU was considered huge and today we are seeing PSUs rated as high as 1600 watts. Naturally, the demands for such wattage vary depending on personal needs, but in most cases this kind of capacity is simply unnecessary, not to mention expensive.
In this article we’re going to take a look at the Ultra X3 1000 Watt Energy Efficient Modular PSU. Boasting high efficiency and a modular design, the Ultra X3 has more than just 1000 watts of power to offer. In the pages ahead, we’ll compare the unit to a few other PSUs in its class to see just how the X3 compares in a typical PC environment.
The Ultra X3 1000 Watt PSU comes with a basic User's Manual that offers technical specifications and instructions on how to properly connect the unit's modular cables. Four mounting screws are included as well as a standard power cable. Complementing the Ultra X3 1000w PSU is a complete collection of cabling to cover a broad range of scenarios. There is a standard 24-Pin ATX power connector as well as 4-Pin and 8-Pin +12v power connectors for powering the motherboard. The package also includes four 6-Pin PCI Express power connectors and two 8-Pin PCI Express connectors as well, for PCI-Express graphics cards.
For peripheral power, Ultra X3 provides two SATA cables that can support three devices, while another two pairs support two devices per cable. Similar Molex variants were also provided, with one cable supporting two devices another two add floppy support to the mix. Rounding out the bundle is a single three device Molex cable, a short 7.5" single Molex connector and a 3-Pin Fan connector that can connect up to three fans.