Reviews - BFG LS1000 1000W
Sample Provided by: BFG (By OklahomaWolf on Sat, Aug-08-2009)

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Good day, fellow humanoids. Today I'm looking at something a little different. BFG recently came up with a series of ultimate computing solutions that go by the name "Phobos." A lot of my readers have been curious about the power supplies bundled with these monster rigs, which have started to become available all by themselves in the retail market.

Your curiosity and mine is about to be addressed, for today I'm going to be torturing the BFG LS1000, the smaller of the two Phobos targeted units.

Since the LS1000 isn't really an official retail product, mine did not come in a fancy box with user guides and screws and all those other goodies. When you buy one of these, all you get is a power supply. Unless, that is, you spring for one of the Phobos rigs themselves. Hooray! No box shots for me today!

The LS1000 is a big unit, finished in a smoky mirror finish that, while looking nice, is really hard to get fingerprints off of.

What's that weird cable coming out of it? Well, I'll get into that a bit later. Meantime, it's good to see all the cables sleeved right up into the unit.

How mirror like is the finish? Take a look at this picture, and gaze with reverent indifference on Mr. Fuji's reflection. Let me just get a better shot of that label for you.

BFG LS1000
3.3V
5V
12V1
12V2
12V3
12V4
12V5
12V6
-12V
5VSB
40A
40A
18A
18A
28A
28A
18A
18A
0.8A
3.5A
Max Power
250W
960W
9.6W
17.5W
1000W

Yowza! Six 12V rails good for a combined 960W make up the beefiest part of this unit. But the beef doesn't stop there, oh no. The beef goes on to stampede over to the combined 3.3V/5V rail, where this unit has more than enough power to run an old P3 based rig as well. Crossload this one all you like, guys - it's not going to complain. OEM is Enhance.

Looks like 12V3 and 12V4 get more juice than the other 12V rails. How much do you want to bet those are for PCI-E connectors? We'll find out in a bit.

The exhaust grille takes up most of the back panel, stopping only to allow a status LED and AC receptacle to occupy it.

A 135mm fan does the cooling for this unit.

Well, I must say the cabling looks rather odd on this one. Some of them look too short to be very functional, but functional they must be. It is likely we're looking at a custom harness designed specifically for the Phobos.

And indeed, that's what this odd little cable is for - it runs from that big 3.5A 5VSB rail to the Phobos front panel gadgetry. In fact, I was told that this specific Enhance unit was chosen because of the higher than usual 5VSB capacity.

Type of connector: BFG LS1000
4-pin ATX12V connector (460mm) 1 12V1
8-pin EPS12V connector (455mm) 1 12V1/12V2
4-pin ATX12V connector (+150mm) 1 12V2
6+2 pin PCIe (630mm) 2 12V3, 12V4
6 pin PCIe (+150mm) 2
ATX connector (455mm) 20+4 pin 12V5
3.5" Drive connectors (345mm+150mm) 2
5.25" Drive (450mm+150mm+150mm) 5 12V6
SATA (350mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 4
Auxiliary 5VSB Header (470mm) 1
N/A
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
180mm x 150mm x 86mm

Wow - talk about custom harnesses. On this unit, aside from the oddball 5VSB cable, we have two 3.5" drive connectors on a short cable by themselves, two very long PCI-E cables, an extra ATX12V connector on a cable all by itself, and only one SATA cable with all of four connectors on it. Weird, weird, weird. These cable lengths might be trouble for some of you folks who buy these outside a Phobos system, however. Look at that ATX cable - only 455mm long. That could be problematic in an inverted case design like the Antec Twelve Hundred.


 

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