Reviews - NorthQ Giant Reactor 1000W Power Supply
Sample Provided by: NorthQ (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Dec-07-2008)

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Greetings once again, readers of mine. I've taken a look at several NorthQ units in the past few months. Some were good, some were not so good. But none have been as powerful as today's specimen, the Giant Reactor 1000W unit. I'm hoping as I go along that I will find this unit to be more like the Giant Connector than the two Black Magic units I looked at, simply because I'm not at this point sure I like them there Kingnod sourced units very much anymore. This one is Enhance based.

To start things off, let's enhance this review with a few box shots. In typical NorthQ fashion, there isn't a lot of info on the box, so this won't take long. Here's the front. Such things as 17-25 decibel operation is bragged about on here. Um, yeah - that's a tough one to believe. Eight SATA connectors - that's nice. 85% efficiency with an 80 Plus logo on there... that's excellent!

But wait, when I go over to 80 Plus, I see no NorthQ models listed. And when I go into the Enhance area, I see no 1kW models from them listed. Uh-oh... someone's got some splainin' to do.

Extreme 1000W real power - we'll just let the SM-268 find the truth to that one. I'm going to roast this puppy alive! Muahahahaha!

But before I hook it to the load tester, we have a few more product shots to get out of the way first, including the above shot of the only other useful info on the box, although there is a load table on each side as well.

Also in typical NorthQ fashion, there ain't much to be seen when the box is opened. Power supply, silica gel, and screws. Would it kill them to print up an owner's manual or throw in a power cord?

Well, I will say one thing - this is a smallish unit for a 1kW model. I'm a little bit nervous, for it's a bit challenging from an engineering point of view to get that much power into this size of a unit, and there are several out there that have tried only to fail at the task. I speak of the Coolmax 950W and the FSP Everest 900W, to namedrop a couple.

As with all other high end NorthQ units I've looked at, this one is finished in that simple elegant matte black I like so much. Yeeaaah, I'm gonna just go ahead here and... like this unit's appearance. Huh? Oh sorry - I watched Office Space again last night and must have come down with Lumbergh-itis. I believe you have my stapler.

And while I'm liking this unit's appearance, I'm gonna have to go ahead and...

...not quite like the cable sleeving, for you see it does not go all the way into the case, leaving us with a rainbow of wires and a white zip tie for us to look at. The ratio of sleeving to wire is far too small, far too small. And I was told I could listen to the radio at a reasonable volume... wait, now I think I have Milton-itis.

Looking directly at the rear panel of the unit, we can see the usual AC receptacle, power switch, and a handy dandy LED Enhance sometimes uses to show operation or standby. This thing lights up orange when the unit is in standby, and green when main power is on.

A glance at the label itself makes me a bit nervous. While on the one hand we do indeed get Enhance's UL file number here, we also get some oddness in that the 12V combined capacity is only 65A, or 780W. That's rather low for a 1kW unit, no? And the combined 3.3V/5V rating is a rather high 200W. Seems like this unit is being optimistically rated to get to 1kW. But, as always, the load tester will determine that for sure.

NorthQ Giant Reactor 1000W +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5VSB
25A 30A 35A 35A 0.5A 3A
Max Power 200W 780W 6W 15W

In this shot, you can see that the cabling on this unit gets a bit long when one is dealing with the SATA and Molex chains. How long are they? I'll let you read this here table while I move my desk again. And I said to Peter that if they tell me to move my desk one more time, then I'll... I'll quit, I'm going to quit. And I didn't receive a piece of cake and I was told that...... sorry. I wonder if there's a cure for Milton-itis.

Type of connector: Giant Reactor 1kW
ATX connector (540mm) 20+4 pin
8-pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (540mm) 4+4 pin
5.25" Drive (565mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm) 1
SATA (565mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
2 x 4 PCIe (565mm) 2*
2 x 3 PCIe (+150mm) 2
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
150mm x 160mm x 85mm

*connectors are 6+2 pin modular type, each chain on a different 12V rail



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