Yes indeed, people, I'm getting myself all Hiper again. This time, I thought I would put the Type M 630W through its paces. This model is a more recent design, based on the same platform as those 880W Hiper units I looked at a while back. We shall see soon enough whether or not this model shares similar performance characteristics or not. Meantime, I'm going to show you some fancy recycled cardboard.
While the box for this puppy is rather plain and bland, there is some useful information on one side. Here's that side now. Quad 12V topology. APFC. Modular only in Europe. Doh!
While the lack of modularity is a downer, there are other downers in that list up there. Gold plated connectors... what for? This isn't a CD player. Mesh body construction... I somehow doubt it's going to dissipate heat like they want me to think it will. Remember the Type M 580W? Didn't work so well for that one, did it?
Supports SLI and quad SLI, does it? On only 630W you say? They must be talking about some old cards there, because let me tell you a 630W isn't too likely to throw down with two GeForce 280's.
The only other side of the box with anything halfway interesting on it.
Opening up the box reveals some goodies taped to the front, namely two Hiper case badges. It also reveals a scrawny owner's manual and a not so scrawny 16 gauge power cord.
The power supply itself certainly looks rather nice, I'd have to say. That little bag on the top left contains a bunch of Hiper's extenders, which are a better than nothing approach to get around it not being modular.
A close up look at the Type M and its fancy matte black mesh case. The lack of a voltage input switch is another hallmark of APFC design.
As you can see here, the wires are not only sleeved right up inside the unit, each group of wires is separated by their own grommet. I would imagine these grommets take the place of the European model's modular connector panel.
Hiper Type M 630W
It's cable table time again, and one of these numbers has me shaking my head a bit. Can you guess which one? Right - that peak load number. That's a pretty big jump from 630W right there. Makes me wonder just how well this will perform if you even try to get close to that number. But I'm not going to try. You see, peak numbers are about as useful as a three dollar bill to me. Pretty cool to see, but just try using it anywhere.
The extenders all in a row for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, at one end of each is a Molex pass through connector. This means you can plug these together in a variety of different ways to suit your build. A bag of screws was also hiding out among the extenders, as well as that PCI-E adapter in the center of the picture.
I'm going to try something different with the connector count table this time. I'm sure y'all will be quick to flame me in the forums if it doesn't work for you. Rather than type up a separate paragraph with the 12V rail distribution, I'm going to throw that info into the table after the connector counts.
Type of connector:
Hiper Type M 630W
4 x 2 12V Xeon/EPS connector (600mm)
2 x 2 12V connectors (600mm)
2 x 3 PCIe (550mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (460mm)
ATX connector (580mm)
5.25" Drive connectors (330mm, 440mm, 630mm)
5.25" - 5.25" - 3.5" (150mm+150mm)
5.25" - 5.25" (150mm)
PCI-E 8 pin to 4 pin adapter (50mm)
180mm x 150mm x 85mm
*one connector per extender is a Molex 5.25" pass through type
As you can see, this unit only supports two PCI-E connectors natively. You can have one 8 pin and one 6 pin, or using the adaptor you can have two 6 pins instead. These are divided up so each gets a 12V rail to itself, although the 8 pin shares its 12V with the ATX connector. I would have shared the ATX with the Molexes, but still this is no big whoopty do. 18A is more than enough for that PCI-E connector to share with the ATX. It will run one 280, with 36A available on both PCI-E connectors to power such a card, but it won't run two of them.
Let's go on to the load testing and see how cleanly it will run that GTX 280.
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