It's time once again to get Hiper with us here at jonnyGURU.com.
So far, we've looked at five Hiper power supplies unit, if you're including the double shot review of their 880W units I did back in May 2008, and I figured it was about time I looked at one more. This time, I'm looking at the new top dog at Hiper, the M1000.
Taking a look at the front of the box, things are already looking promising. 80 Plus Bronze - that's very nice for a unit this size. Bronze is where the unit tests at 82%-85%-82% at one fifth, one half, and full power respectively. You may recall that my 880W samples actually managed to do that already themselves. It will be interesting how much better this one does, considering it's being released a year later.
As is usually the case with a Hiper unit, there's a lot of information on the packaging. This side of the box shows us a nice diagram of the cables and a load table, also promising 100V-240V operation.
There are a bunch of bullet points printed on the back in about twelve languages that are eager to tell you how awesome this unit is. I'll have Mr. Fuji zoom in on the English ones for your enlightenment.
There's not a whole lot that's different from most other units we look at, but back the truck up here a minute... modular cables only in Europe? Is that lawsuit still going on? Disappointed I am, for we're probably going to be dealing with those Hiper Extenders again on this unit.
And we're still getting a mesh enclosure I see. I have mixed feelings on those. On one hand, some of these units benefit from that, but on the other hand some suffer from a tendency to spew hot air back into the case. We'll have to wait and see what the numbers in the hot box look like on page two.
Our odyssey of the cardboard box isn't quite finished yet though, so here's another picture. This time, we get a bunch of cool icons. Modular power cord... well, of course it's modular isn't it? How many ATX power supplies lately come with a hardwired power cord?
As you can see here, the packaging is pretty low key on this one. Just a couple of foam cushions to protect the unit from shock, with everything else just kind of thrown in there. That said, they do throw a few cool things in the box like velcro ties, screws, a 16 gauge power cable, some extenders, and a manual.
Speaking of the manual, it was hiding another manual, Manuel. I then manually arranged them for this picture. Between them, you won't go wanting for information about this unit, because just about everything you need to know is in one or the other. That said, all the more fancy manual does is repeat the same four pages in about a billion different languages. But still no Klingon.
The M1000 looks a bit different than I was expecting, I must say. Why, it's almost like they gave CWT the old heave-ho as their OEM on this model. That smallish exhaust grille isn't exactly good news though - it tends to make me think that the mesh casing will indeed be an issue for the cooling of the unit.
Just like the past Hiper units I've looked at, this unit is once again nice and clean on the cable side, and the warranty sticker is small enough to stay out of the way.
And here we have the label, where we are being promised a whopping 75A combined limit on the 12V rails. That's not bad at all for a 1kW model, but this unit isn't quite the leader here with units like the Corsair HX1000 giving just a bit more than that. It's just sort of in the middle as far as 12V capacity on the 1kW PSU's go.
Once more, Hiper's own UL file number made it hard to trace the OEM by that information alone. I decided to pop the unit open for a quick look, and emailed some pictures to some friends when I saw something I didn't recognize inside. As it turns out, the unit's OEM is Sirfa, an offshoot of Sirtec. This makes me nervous, as usually when a Sirtec does well it does very well; but when a Sirtec does poorly... well... watch out for flying capacitors and ripple tsunamis.
As mentioned, only the European models get modular cables, and Hiper has compensated in the North American market by taking the Extender approach once again on this model. The cabling is much as I remember it on the 880W models, except with one more PCI-E chain and perhaps a little more length to some of the cables. 12V rail distribution is a little bit odd on this unit, as you can see by the table below, but should not prove to be an obstacle for those of you looking to power three high power video cards unless you have two dozen hard drives to run at the same time.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (615mm)
8-pin Xeon/EPS connector (620mm)
2 x 2 ATX12V connector (620mm)
2 x 4 PCIe (570mm)
2 x 3 PCIe (+55mm)
5.25" Drive connectors (380mm, 480mm, 580mm)
SATA Drive power connectors (590mm+160mm)
5.25" Drive* to 3.5" Drive (150mm)
5.25" Drive* to 5.25" Drive (150mm)
5.25" Drive* to SATA x2 (150mm+150mm)
2 x 4 PCIe to 2 x 3 PCIe Adaptor (75mm)
*connector is a 5.25" Molex pass through type
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