Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, how did that wacky fella over at jonnyGURU.com get himself a Spock-in-the-box for review. No? Well, someone out there is thinking it, I'm psychic. It could just be one of my imaginary friends, I guess.
In ancient Rome, Vulcan was the god of fire. A new company out there by the name of Ikonik decided to draw inspiration from Vulcan and release a line of power supplies bearing that name. Today, I'm looking at the very top of the line for them in the Ikonik Vulcan 1200W. Now, those of you who have gotten far enough ahead of me to visit Ikonik's site will see that there are in fact two lines of Vulcans there. One is the "MT" or Mad Tweaker branded line, which enables users to monitor the unit via software and tweak fan speeds, and the other is a more plain version that just gets the job done.
Which one am I looking at today? Why, the plain one of course. Adding the ability to monitor voltages and adjust fan speeds is somewhat illogical when you realize that there's only so much tweaking of a power supply that could be done in software. It is a nifty and cool feature though.
The above box shot features an interesting little label. 82 Plus Pending? That must mean these things are currently in testing by the 80 Plus people but not certified yet. The "82" figure implies that it will land Bronze when they're done. The load tester should determine how accurate this is.
On the side of the box, the Vulcan features bullet points on how awesome it is. Too bad every language but English is featured. I guess it's technically not the box we're looking at, rather it's a five sided sleeve over the box proper.
Oh, wait a second, there are bullet points in English, after all. Let me just reprint these here, with my comments in italics:
Active PFC with DC to DC high efficiency power circuit design, 80+ certified - well, to be honest, it isn't quite certified just yet, is it?
4 rails of +12V design, capable to supply the high-end system power requirement - there is still a persistent rumor going around that single 12V design is better. My inner Vulcan would like to point out that while this is sometimes true, the fact is that a well designed multirail unit will not perform any differently for the majority of the human population and it would be illogical to reject a multirail unit based on that fact alone. One must look at each PSU on a case by case basis. Unless your name is Montgomery Scott or Tim Allen. Then you always need more power.
Over-power, Over-voltage, over-current, under-voltage and short - circuit protection
140mm advance silent cooling Ball Bearing fan with smart fan speed control - sure it's smart, but is it smarter than Spock? I rather tend to doubt it.
All long life & Low ESR Japan-made capacitors
Environmentally friendly, Complying with RoHS & WEEE regulations
Low current lose Cable Management for better system thermal - lose? Somebody need to sharp one's Engrish up.
Fan Time Delay Function Embedded - this is a feature I've come to appreciate lately after a long session in the hot box when you want some cooling to keep happening after the PSU shuts down.
Underneath the bullet points and a row of cool icons is a line of certification logos. This includes the UL logo, which bears Channel Well Technology's UL number beneath it. Ah, good - CWT has been doing a pretty good job lately, and it's been a while since I reviewed one of their high watt models in the Corsair HX1000.
There are a few other interesting little pictures above the bullet points as well. DC to DC circuit - that must mean they're using VRM's to derive the 3.3V and 5V rails from one big 12V. But that's ok, lots of high end high power units do this lately. All Japan made capacitors - they really want you to know about that one I guess. Solid capacitor - well, a lot of these high end units are doing that too. See HX1000, Corsair. But wait... fan LED switch? Ok, that's handy. Not everyone wants a glowing fan in their rig, and it's good to see that Ikonik realizes it.
Looks like we get one more set of bullet points on this side of the box sleeve, as well as an efficiency diagram. Uh, hold on here. 80 Plus Bronze means the unit has to meet 82%, 85%, and 82%. Going from this diagram, Ikonik would have us believe this thing can hit Silver status. Also present is a simple load table.
Here's the real box to our Vulcan, a simple white and gray affair. Let's get this thing opened up now.
Our first look inside the box reveals a big mess of modular cables in a bag, and a bag for your big mess of modular cables. Neat. Let me just finish unpacking here.
The contents of the box include one user guide, one power supply, one bag of modular cables, a bag of screws, a modular cable carrying case, and a... European spec power cord? You guys do know my lab is in Canada, right? Ah well, not a big deal - I have lots of power cords. One hopes that the final shipping units have the correct power cords.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away... sorry, I must have gotten my brain's geek center all scrambled there. Let's try this again.
Table, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Vulcan's user guide. It's continuing mission: to explore strange new homes. To seek out new tabletops, and provide new information. To boldly glow under fluorescent lights where no manual has glowed before (cue music from Alexander Courage).
In our first real look at the Vulcan, one thing above all else stands out - that great big Ikonik logo on the side with the little window to the interior in the middle of the "O." Given that the LED fan is right behind there, that "O" should be lit up whenever the fan's LED switch is on. Cool.
Speaking of the fan LED switch, there it is. Right next to the modular connectors. I like the fact that these are color coded - makes it easier to tell which is which. In fact, the color scheme also tells you which 12V rail is on which connectors. Blue is 12V3, red is 12V4, black is 12V1.
As is common for a big CWT built unit, there's a big main power switch that lights up on the back next to the AC receptacle.
Yup, it's a Vulcan. Says so right there.
A helpful label often features the 12V rail distribution listed right on it, and this is one of those labels. Also present is a completely different UL file number, which comes back as Ikonik's own. Wow - it's a serious company who's willing to go out and get their own number after just setting up shop. They must have a lot of confidence in these things.
You'll note that in the label shot, Ikonik has given over 12V3 and 12V4 to the PCI-E connectors. With 38A each, that's some gosh darn serious capacity right there. You could run four GTX 280's off those two rails alone. And with a maximum capacity of 99A on the 12V rails, I don't think you'd be running out of power, even if you did have the cash for that many 280's. Good grief - I can't even afford one 280. And look at 5VSB - 6A on that rail screams the word overkill. Here, let me show you... lean in real close to the monitor...
6A on 5VSB is OVERKILL!
It seems that a Vulcan carries with it an army of modular cables. Four more PCI-E connectors, all of them 6+2 pin type and eight standard 5.25" Molexes. For SATA connectors, we get no less than twelve. You know what? I'm not sure 12V1, which supplies the ATX connector and PATA/SATA cables, can handle too many more hard drives than that. Honestly, I'd rather have seen one less SATA chain with a few more PCI-E connectors. I mean, this thing has the guts to run four 280's, two on each of 12V3 and 12V4... wouldn't it be nice if the connectors could support that many cards natively?
Type of connector:
Ikonik Vulcan 1200W
ATX connector (640mm)
8-pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (500mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (480mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (480mm)
5.25" Drive (640mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (640mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (640mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
200mm x 150mm x 86mm
*one connector is 4+4 pin type for ATX12V compatibility
**connectors are 6+2 pin modular type
Add our RSS feeds to your favorite RSS Reader or homepage.