After un-wrapping the rubber band which holds the connectors for shipping, we can see how many cables this power supply really has. Make sure your cable routing skills are up-to-par before trying to install this bad boy. The unit includes eleven total power cables, each with one to four connectors attached.
Cable bunch, unwrapped
We wish OCZ would have opted for a modular cable design for this unit, as most system configurations using this power supply will be left with several cables which will not be utilized, which means they must be routed elsewhere out of the way out of other components. With modular designs, you simply wouldn't attach these un-necessary cables. Adding modular connectivity would have likely added additional cost to the (already expensive) unit, and would have required a longer design in order to accommodate the modular PCB. This is a personal preference though, as I route my cables meticulously for optimal internal airflow. A good majority of users out there simply don't care though, and won't miss modular connectivity for their new high-end power supply.
On the plus side, OCZ has done a great job with the cable sleeving on this unit, which makes routing and bundling the cables easy. Each cable is covered with either red or black sleeving, the red sleeving specifically designated for PCI Express power connectors. This is a particularly nice touch, as it can be difficult to tell the differences between PCI Express and secondary ATX power connectors at time when working in the system.
Nicely sleeved cables
Red sleeved PCI Express cables
OCZ also utilizes 4-pin Molex power connectors with easy-removal tabs, a definite plus. Instead of shaking an entrenched power connector out of place, you can simply apply pressure to the top and bottom tabs, and the connector will pop loose from the drive. It's the little things which count.
What about total connectors? Let's tally them up.
- 1 x 24-pin Primary ATX connector (20-pin Compatible)
- 1 x 8-pin Secondary ATX Connector
- 1 x 4-pin Secondary ATX Connector
- 6 x Serial ATA Drive Connectors
- 6 x 4-pin Molex Drive Connectors
- 2 x 4-pin Floppy Drive Connector