By day, I consider myself a mild mannered power supply blower upper. But it is a little known fact as yet that by night, I am a writer of fantasy novels. As such, I am also a great fan of such works of swords and sorcery. What does this have to do with today’s review? Well, today’s review is of the Apevia Warlock Power 900W. We shall soon see if this unit is able to work real magic in leaving us wanting to rush out and buy an Apevia, or instead make us want to burn it at the stake.
SUPPLIED BY: Apevia
PRODUCT: Apevia Warlock Power 900W
PROD LINK: Apevia’s current offerings.
PRICE: $169.99 @ Directron
Price is at time of testing!
Some of you may not recognize the name Apevia, but we have run afoul of this company’s products before. Some of which bore the name Aspire, like the Beast 680W and that little munchkin that came with the X-Qpack case. Relatively recently, Aspire changed their name to Apevia to differentiate their products with Acer’s Aspire line of notebooks.
Unfortunately, Aspire/Apevia has given our review staff little cause to be excited with both of the aforementioned units reviewed turning in poor results. With the Warlock 900W, Apevia hopes to change that. I confess I am hoping for the same thing. So, without further delay, let’s all follow the yellow brick road and see if we can’t go off to see the wiz… er, warlock.
As ever, we begin with cardboard. Changeable fan lights… I wonder how they pulled that one off. We’ll find out soon enough. Industry leading 3 years warranty… I guess I must have been imagining things when I saw that Corsair and PC Power and Cooling had a five year warranty, never mind Ultra’s lifetime guarantee. A dubious warranty claim – way to break the ice there, Mr. Warlock. Power technology of the future. Well, that remains to be seen, doesn’t it?
On a side note, the box looks nothing like Julian Sands. I am so disappointed. I had this here weather vane all ready for throwing, and now I have to go put it back on the roof of the old bank building downtown.
The box indicates that there are three levels to the Warlock lineup. Baby Warlock, Mommy Warlock, and Daddy Warlock. We have Mommy here before us. Yes, I do know warlocks are male witches. Just below our family of warlocks, there are several certification logos that ease my mind a bit when dealing with Apevia units.
A picture of the various connectors and features detailed on the other side of the box. It bears mentioning that while the connectors and sleeving are all pictured in blue, none of the actual connectors and sleeving were blue at all. Ah, so that’s how they did the color changing fan. Probably just a simple dedicated circuit to control power to several fan mounted LEDs.
Unpacked, we get a good look at the Warlock itself, as well as a simple but flashy owner’s manual, some wire ties, the usual power cord, and a bag with some thumbscrews.
The usual Apevia approach to bling up the unit is visible in this picture: windows everywhere. In fact, only the top of the case doesn’t have some level of holes in it with which you can look inside the unit. The windows make me nervous for two reasons. First, I’ve heard of these melting under extreme heat, and my hot box gets hot enough to cause concern there. Second, one of the primary functions of a PSU enclosure is to act as a Faraday cage to keep EMI from spewing out of the unit and into your FM radio’s 12 hour commercial music suck-a-thon. Well, I guess if it saves me from the latest Nickelback opus, it can’t be all bad.
The back of the unit features the usual power switch, a large honeycomb grille, the AC receptacle, and a little silver button one presses to get the fan to change colors.
This is somewhat less than encouraging, what with the warranty label being voided right out of the box. With the earlier claim of the warranty itself being industry leading at only three years, this is black mark number two for this unit.
I decided to fire up the unit briefly, and show you two of the three colors this unit’s fan can be set to. The color choices are: no lights at all, blue, Emerald City green, is-it-on-fire red, and cycle. Cycle position does just what the word implies – it cycles between all three colors at approximately one second intervals. Just in case you need your windowed case to be as distracting as possible, I guess.
A shot of the label also shows the mirrored finish on this unit which, I discovered, is not too hard to scratch. The sleeving isn’t just a straight black, it has a blue stripe running down it. And now, I will conjure up a load table for your pleasure.
|Warlock Power 900W – DC Output|
|Max Combined Watts||160W||744W||7.2W||15W|
What is interesting about these numbers, aside from the low-ish 62A available on the 12V rails, is the fact that when added up, the combined 3.3V/5V ratings and combined 12V ratings barely sum to the 900W total power of this unit. While this is not always an indicator that the supply is perhaps a little too optimistically rated, it would not be the first time an Apevia has fallen short in this regard. I don’t know about you folks, but I’ll be very interested to see how these numbers do on the load tester.
A tentacle shot rounds out page one, revealing some of the longest wires to grace my photography table. Indeed, the 5.25/3.5″ Molex chains extend to 1200mm, besting the Seventeam I looked at in December. Whatever issues the load testing phase reveals, this thing certainly has all the cables and connectors it needs to do its job.
|Warlock Power 900W – Cabling|
|Type of connector:|
|ATX connector (550mm)||20+4 pin|
|8-pin Xeon/EPS connector (600mm)||1*|
|2 x 2 ATX12V connector (600mm)||1*|
|2 x 3 PCI-e (600mm + 145mm)||4**|
|2 x 4 PCI-e (+ 145mm)||2**|
|5.25″ Drive connectors (620mm + 150mm + 150mm)||8|
|3.5″ Drive connectors (+ 150mm)||2|
|SATA Drive power connectors (550mm + 150mm + 150mm)||6|
Before we move on to the excitement on the next page, I’ll give you a quick note on how the four 12V rails are distributed. 12V1 is shared by the ATX connector, SATA connectors, and 5.25″ connectors. 12V2 goes to the EPS 12V cable, while 12V3 and 12V4 are joined at the hip to power the PCI-e connectors.