Greetings once again, dear readers. And if my deer readers are reading this, stay off my lawn!
If you're a regular to this site, then you know all about how I love to torture power supplies to the brink of ruin using a bunch of fancy equipment. Some companies have been more daring than others when it comes to exposing their products to the demanding tests I tend to throw at them. One company that has so far only been represented a couple of times is Cooler Master. I've reviewed two of their units thus far: the Silent Pro M 600 watt and the UCP 700 watt. Today, they've put up another one for consideration: the brand new Silent Pro M thousand watter.
Modularized cable. Single 12V rail for up to 80A. Hybrid copper & aluminum heatsink. 80 Plus Bronze. These are but a few of the interesting features Cooler Master wants us to know about this unit if the box front is any indication.
But wait, there's more. Right on the back of the box, we're promised Japanese made capacitors, flat modular cables, and special vibration eliminating silicon pads. We also get to see a fan curve and a full set of specs which includes an operating temp spec that implies we're only getting full power at forty degrees. Think I should exceed it? Well, alrighty then - it's settled. I'm going to make this unit bake.
The sides of the box aren't anything too special, but on this one we get to see the connector count of the unit. Interestingly enough, it seems that we get six 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors, and then as if that weren't enough Cooler Master tossed in two Y adaptors as well. For a 1kW unit? Are they serious? How many 1kW units do you guys know of that can power enough video cards to make use of all these connectors?
The other side of the box is little more than a request for you to visit the website for more information. This request is repeated no less than seventeen times in multiple languages, six of which you can see above. I'm curious - for all the printing this adds up to, couldn't they have reprinted "more information" right on the box anyway? Just call me crazy. Ok, you can stop calling me crazy now. You and my imaginary friends and the shrink and the little purple seahorse that lives in the toilet tank.
Taking the sleeve off the box, we find that the box itself opens up like a clamshell to reveal the goodies inside.
And here are those goodies. A power supply, a bag of modular cables, two of those silicon gaskets used for mounting the unit to your case, a business card, a user guide, a bag of screws, and a power cord.
Hey, want to see the user guide? You just did. Well, it's printed on both sides.
The power supply itself is done up in that matte black color I like so much, especially when it's used on the blindfold that helps calm me down when confronted by some of the scary things I've seen in doing this job. One hopes that this unit will not make me reach for that blindfold when we get to the load testing part of things.
As you can see in this shot, the exhaust grill is a bit stickey-outey there on the rear panel. This may complicate things with some older cases that have contoured cutouts for 80mm fans and such, but really when was the last time you saw a case like that? I kind of like this approach - it's new and different.
This is the exhaust grille from head on. There's lots of open space for airflow here - that's a good thing.
On the other end of the unit we find the modular cable connectors. Six gray ones for the PCI-E cables, and five black ones for peripheral cables. They're different configurations to make it nigh impossible to mix them up - I like that. And even then, as if we still need the help, they've gone to the trouble of labeling which is which by the exit for the hardwired cables.
Just like the box bragged, this unit is letting us have a nice big 80A 12V rail to play with. This is a pretty standard rating for this size of power supply. The UL file number is of absolutely no help in tracing the OEM for this unit, so I'll have to go snooping inside for clues to that mystery on page four. Maybe I'll even put on the funny hat, cape, monocle, fake handlebar moustache, and pipe. Oh... wait a minute. Doctor says I'm not supposed to wear those anymore. Not in public to his daughter's wedding, anyway. Man, was he surprised.
There are but three hardwired cables on this unit. Two of them are both modular 4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V cables, and the third is the usual ATX cable. Hmm... instead of giving us so many needless PCI-E cables, why not make one of those EPS cables modular too? That way, we have nothing to hide.
Except for the two PCI-E Y-adaptors, all the modular cabling is done in black flatness as seen above. These kinds of cables are easy to hide, but they don't do you many favors when it comes to telling which wire is carrying what voltage.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (600mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V connector (660mm)
5.25" Drive (400mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+115mm)
6+2 PCIe (500mm)
8 pin PCIe to double 6+2 pin PCIe Adaptor (100mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
170mm x 150mm x 86mm
Yes, folks, you really can run eight 8 pin PCI-E connectors all at once on this unit. Wait a second, let me check the dictionary here. Yup, there it is. A picture of this unit next to the entries for "excess," "overkill," and "WTF?"
A pleasant surprise was the varying lengths to the connectors on the SATA cables. That should make cable management somewhat easier in one's case.
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