Seasonic PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium Power Supply

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: Seasonic USA
PRODUCT: PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium
PROD LINK: PRIME Ultra Titanium Product Page
PRICE: $259.90 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Now, we see the actual unit being investigated today. As I’m sure nobody will be surprised to hear, it is identical to both the last generation unit and the 650W from earlier this month.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

These do still look good, I must admit. A lot better than the carpet over there, where the dog totally screwed up catching that cranberry sauce. But he’s working on licking it out of the carpet now, so we’ll let him be.

Say what you want about the old pooch, at least he cleans up after himself.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Another familiar sight greets us here, as we look at the exhaust. Same story as last time… fan mode switch in the middle, power switch and receptacle hiding the line filter board behind them.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

This is where one of those minor functionality improvements come in over the PRIME Platinum 1000W. Seasonic listened to some of my concerns there and has decided to implement all connector locations for CPU/PCI-e cables. You may remember me complaining about too few daisy chained PCI-e cables using too thin gauge wire. Some of that has changed for this unit.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

PRIME… not the Transformers kind, but the Seasonic kind. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you… I’d rather have an awesome power supply than toys I wanted as a child. Is… what I’ll keep telling myself until I believe it.

Seriously, I’m forty-four years old. If I want a damn toy and a nice power supply, I’ll buy both.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
25A 25A 83A 0.3A 3A
Max Power @ 50°C 125W 996W 3.6W 15W
1000W

As we can expect, this unit is good for full power at fifty degrees once again. No surprises here.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Now… the cables. And there are many of them.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Here’s the main ATX cable, sleeved traditionally, alongside the SATA 3.3 adapter. Once again, I appreciate the inclusion of something far more likely to be used than the worthless Berg adapter the box said was going to be here but isn’t.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Seasonic has still not upped the wire gauge on the PCI-e cables, and I find myself disappointed about that. That said, they did make one big change to this unit vs the PRIME Platinum 1000W, in that it does not rely solely on daisy chained cables. Instead, we get these four individual cables, which should be plenty for high power video cards. Even without any changes to wire gauge.

And yes, the connectors likely are still the weak link here, rather than the wire gauge. However, I do still want to see 16 AWG used on units bigger than a kilowatt. I will not score against it this time, because Seasonic has adequately addressed current draw concerns by including these four cables.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

Of course, we do still get two daisy-chained PCI-e cables with this unit. Use these if you don’t have a real power vampire of a video card.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

I am going to take issue right here with these two CPU cables, though. They are really a mite too short for a 1kW unit, which can be expected to be used with some cases that won’t allow these to reach.

Currently, I have my main rig stuffed into a Corsair 900D. This case is huge, housing a massive pizza box-sized dual CPU motherboard. Currently, an EVGA T2 850W is powering it. This is a power supply with longer CPU cables than this unit has, and I barely got them to reach. I personally do not want to have to use cable extensions on my builds, so this already rules out this power supply for my case. Otherwise, I was going to replace the EVGA with this unit as soon as I finished reviewing it.

Let’s have some more length on these cables, eh, Seasonic? Going from 650-700mm would get her done for me.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

A whole heap of SATA cables come with this unit, in varying lengths and connector counts. Nice to see so much flexibility with these.

PRIME Ultra 1000W Titanium

And of course, we can’t forget the two Molex chains.

PRIME Ultra 1000 Titanium – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU AWG
Modular Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 610 mm 18
4+4 pin CPU 650 mm
4+4 pin CPU 650 mm
5.25″+5.25″+5.25″ 450+120+120 mm
5.25″+5.25″ 350+120 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 400+120+120+120 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 400+120+120+120 mm
SATA+SATA+SATA+SATA 350+150+150+150 mm
SATA+SATA 300+160 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 750 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 750 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 750 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 750 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 675+85 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 675+85 mm
5.25″ to SATA 3.3 +SATA 3.3 150+150 mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
170 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm

Now that we’ve gazed upon my cable table, and Brenda’s mom has left the house in a huff, we can all have a Merry Christmas as we go load test this thing.