Raidmax RX-735AP Power Supply

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: JonnyGURU.com
MANUFACTURER: Raidmax
PRODUCT: RX-735AP
PROD LINK: RX-735AP Product Page
PRICE: $69.99 @ Frys.com
Price is at the time of testing!

For being a budget minded PSU, The Raidmax Thunder V2 series looks pretty good. I do wonder if the added hexagon mesh grill design will cause a bit of extra fan noise? It’s not like my SunMoon SM-5500ATE is going to let me hear anything while testing it.

Not as much to look at from this angle. We do catch a glimpse at the modular interface.

Here’s another look at the FULL RANGE sticker, er… I mean the rear hexagon exhaust vents.

Although we do poke fun at things once in a while, we do try to provide plenty of pretty pictures. What I really hate about that process, is the fact that we have to watermark all of our images. It’s so sad that we have to fight tooth and nail to keep people from stealing images and content. I just went through a bit of a struggle last week trying to get some of our stolen content removed from another site.

Anyways, back on topic here at the back of the PSU. Oops, it’s another hexagon meshed panel.

Seriously, I’ll quit, I know I’m no Wolfie. Here we have the specifications label. WARNING! Hazardous Area. The only thing I don’t see is the temperature rating. Being that it’s Bronze rated, we can be safe in assuming that it’s not 50°C. None the less, we’re not going to let that little bit of information stop us from pouring the heat to it.

RX-735AP – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
20A 20A 53A 0.3A 2.5A
Max Power @ 40°C 100W 636W 3.6W 12.5W
735W

We can see that the unit is rated for the full 735W, but only 636W of it is available on the +12V rail. So… That means for us to get the full 735W, we’re going to have to push both the +3.3V and +5V minor rails as well as the +12V to get it. It’s not that big of a deal when you have the unit connected to a load tester like we do (unless you pull a bone head move like me – more on that later), but doing it with an actual computer is a completely different story.

Here’s a closer look at the sparse modular interface board.

The watermark shows up pretty good in this shot, he he.

For being a stamped grill, I really don’t mind it as much as I thought I would.


Image Source: Raidmax

Works fairly well with the LED fan as far as looks are concerned.

Here we can see the RX-735AP stretching out her legs. I still think I would have used a different word to describe the sleeving on the cables, fishnets just don’t fit. I would also like to see them either use all black wires or sleeve the cables a little further. Here we have the two fixed cables, the ATX 20+4 pin cable, and the ATX 4+4 pin cable.

Next, we have the two PCI-e cables with two PCI-e 6+2 pin connectors each.

Here are our SATA power cables. We have two cables with a total of eight SATA connectors.

Lastly, we have the peripheral power cable consisting of three 5.25″ power connectors, and one 3.5″ power connector. (Yes Wolfie, it’s a BERG connector).

RX-735AP – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU
Fixed Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 510 mm
4+4 pin CPU 610 mm
Modular Cables
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 490+150 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 490+150 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 500+150+150+150 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 500+150+150+150 mm
5.25″+5.25″+5.25″+3.5″ 490+150+150+150 mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
165 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm

Here’s our normal cable table laid out all nice and proper for you. I know Wolf frowns on those berg connectors these days, but I still use them every now and then in my builds. If they are going to include one, I would like to see it done as an adapter rather than being daisy chained on the peripheral cable. It just gives you the option if you want it, rather than forcing it on you. Right, Wolfie?