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Old 07-18-2007
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Default Ultra brand PSU. Mediocre quality control

The power supply in question works ok except for the fan speed control glitch, but internal photos shows quality control standards exercised by Ultra on this unit is very low in my opinion and does not meet my expectation of quality. They also make a bold statement on their website that lifetime warranty is null and void unless you can produce original retail receipt.

It might work fine, but I question the long term reliability and it gives me an impression that quality is not their priority.

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Very messy finish. Residue everywhere. It looks as if it got damaged in flood. Poor quality PCB finishing.


This is the input line filter. Look carefully at the blue capacitor for the mercury droplet like thing. They are solder spills. These should not be there and when they fall off, they will short things out internally, or fall out of the power supply and short things out inside your computer.



When I took it apart all the way, this fell out. A solder ball about half the size of BB gun bullet. I suspect this was shorting out the thermistor leads(which is found on bottom of the PCB) and causing it to malfunction. If it falls out and shorts out your motherboard, if the warranty waive clause states "limitatin of consequential damage" they don't have to pay for it.


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This is one of the Wintech sourced units... these observations about the QC in it don't apply to the newer Andyson or Seventeam built stuff, and even the Wintech stuff isn't usually like this.

I have an XVS 700W built by Wintech in my posession - first thing I did when I got it was void the warranty and open it. None of the soldering problems you mention were present in mine. It's not the best thing I have by a long shot, but it's not that bad either.
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What OKW said. You're making assumptions about an entire product line with several different models sourced from different OEM's because of your experience with one unit.

And even then, Wintech isn't usually THAT bad.
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Wow, that particular piece looks horrible! Looks like somebody ripped you off by passing that off as a new unit.
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Yup, some of the new Ultra units (the X-Pro 600W comes to mind) are the picture of quality. On the other hand, that thing looks like it was on the ass-end of the production line being assembled by one of those mental cases they HAVE to hire.
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Dude, it looks like a tampered unit. Who the hell would take a sharpie and color the transformers Blue?
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Wintech uses blue transformers

So does Youngyear now that I think about it.
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Dude, it looks like a tampered unit. Who the hell would take a sharpie and color the transformers Blue?
Sharpie???? LOL! They're supposed to be blue.
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Piss poor color job if you ask me.
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It's the photo. The WIN part number on the transformers are on a transparent sticker. The sticker has bubbles in it so the color blue looks like it's "running" in a photograph.
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