Cougar PowerX 550W Power Supply

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SUPPLIED BY: Cougar
MANUFACTURER: Cougar
PRODUCT: PowerX 550W
PROD LINK: Cougar’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $69.99 MSRP
Price is at the time of testing!

The power supply itself is done in a nice bronze looking finish. I rather like the way it looks.

I’m glad to see the wire sleeving goes right into the case.

Decent exhaust grille space, here.

Here’s one of the side panels for you.

The front. No modular connectors just hardwired cables on this unit.

Here’s the other side with the label. How is it different than what’s printed on the box? Take a look at the 5V rail… it’s now rated at 5A more capacity than the box said it was.

Mind you, this is not a big deal at all. If we had differing 12V specs than the box posted, that would be one thing. If any of the specs on the box were higher than the ones on the label, that would be an issue to complain about. But as far as specs go, I’d rather be underpromised and overdelivered than overpromised and underdelivered. There’s probably a UPS joke in that last sentence somewhere, but I’m lazy and tired today so I’ll let you find it.

PowerX 550W – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5VSB
24A 20A 28A 22A 0.3A 3A
Max Power @ 40°C 120W 516W 3.6W 15W
550W

Here’s yonder fan grille for you.

And a look at the hardwired cables. These are rather similar to the GX-S cables, right down to the 12V rail assignment, though some of the lengths are different.

A closer look at the ATX, EPS/ATX12V, and PCI-e cables. You only get one of each on this unit, so you’ve pretty much seen all the PCI-e cables you’re getting on this unit.

PowerX 550W – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU +12V Rail
Fixed Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 515 mm 12V1
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 510+125 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA 420+125+125 mm
SATA+SATA”+5.25″ 465+125+125 mm
SATA+5.25″+5.25″+3.5″ 410+125+125+125 mm
4+4 pin CPU 600 mm 12V2
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
140 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm

Like the GX-S, two of the peripheral cables split between SATA and Molex connectors, which is something I do kind of like. I’d still rather see the 3.5″ connectors relegated to adapters or even omitted entirely, but I suppose there are probably still devices around that need them.