Reviews - GlacialTech GP-AX950AA 950W
Sample Provided by: GlacialTech (By OklahomaWolf on Sun, Dec-13-2009)

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Good day to you, dear readers. Some of you may be wondering what I'm doing standing in the middle of the Rockies with my winter outerwear on. Well, today I'm embarking on yet another first for as I review my first ever glacier. As glaciers go, you can see this one here is very impressive, and... what? You say I'm not supposed to be standing here freezing my face off? A GlacialPower review? You mean... I should be reviewing the GlacialPower AX950 instead of a glacier? Guys, I like that idea. Get the hot chocolate out, I'll be back home yesterday.

Now that I'm back in my cozy lab out of the elements, here's a box picture for you. No, that wasn't a Yeti chasing me. You're mistaking me for a Yeti... I was chasing a park ranger trying to tell him my hands were cold. I told him, "I mean you no harm," reached out my arms so he would know I needed gloves, and he just screamed and took off. Maybe I should have taken off the Yeti suit first.

Back to reality, the above box pictures a cool looking modular power supply with a race car and an 80 Plus Silver certification logo next to it. In actuality, the box proper is housed within a plastic sleeve... it is the sleeve we are looking at in the above shot. Interesting, and somewhat different from the norm.

On this side of the box, we get a few pictures of the various connectors and a list of features. Since they're just about unreadable here, I'll reprint them for you:

  • Power efficiency meets Energy Star 80 plus Silver level requirement
    -uh, guys? Not to nitpick here, but Energy Star is a government program, while 80 Plus is a utility funded program. Similar aims, but not quite the same thing.
  • Compatible ATX12V Version 2.3
  • Designed with active PFC function
  • Full output power from 0°C to 50°C
    -now that's what I like to see, and the hot box will make sure this is factual.
  • Full protection features of SCP, OVP, OCP, OPP
  • Internal 14 cm fan
  • 100% full load burn-in test and RoHS compliance
  • Manufactured with the high reliability and in strict accordance with processes
    -I'm glad it has the high reliability, otherwise I'd be suffering from the high anxiety. We'll find out on the page four whether or not the power supply is the good quality in the good construction or the not.

Moving on with our tour of the retail packaging, we come to this side of the plastic sheath. Here, we can see that I did in fact receive a US power cord, which also pertains to us Canadians as well. Other items to note are some logos of connector counts and one informing us that we can expect "efficiency over up to 85%." Hmm... that logo needs a little work, methinks. Silver certification starts at 85%. Unless they know something I don't with that "up to" comment... we'll have to check the efficiency on pages two and three.

On the back of the box, we get lots of cool graphs and some spec data. Say, those specs look a little familiar. Wonder why.

Pulling the sleeve off the box, we find that the power supply itself is packed in some hard foam.

There are not a lot of extra goodies packaged with this particular unit, it would seem. A power supply, a bag of modular cables, a power cord, a bag of screws, and a user guide is all I found in there.

Here's the user guide. As manuals go, this one does a decent job at being a manual, though it is a little on the brief side.

Ah, matte black. I will never get tired of that color.

I have to admit to being a little on the fence about that label on the side. Something about the colors, maybe, is a little off putting. Still, it's not too bad.

All we get to see through the grille is more blackness and one solitary yellow capacitor.

Those specs definitely look familiar. Seems to me I've seen this unit recently, from the above view through the fan grille. Could it be something I saw on the high seas, perhaps?

Looks like this unit is packing a single 76A 12V rail. That adds up to 912 watts. With that coming so close to the maximum output spec, this is an indication that there might be DC to DC VRM's inside the case. Just like the Corsair TX950 this unit is reminding me of. We'll find that out later. Meantime, I can tell you that this unit was built by the same folks that built that one - Channel Well Technology.

GlacialPower GP-AX950AA

+3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
25A 25A 76A 0.5A 3A
Max Power 150W 912W 6W 15W

Only three cables are hardwired on this unit - the ATX cable, the modular 4+4 pin EPS12V cable, and the ATX12V cable.

Here are the modular connectors. Red for PCI-E cables, black for peripherals.

And finally, here we have the modular cable bag along with all the cables that came inside it. How long are they? Take a look at this table. No, not that one, that's the photography table.

Type of connector: GlacialPower GP-AX950AA
ATX connector (485mm) 20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V (490mm) 1
4 pin ATX12V (490mm) 1
Modular Cables
SATA (490mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
5.25" Drive (500mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 7
3.5" Drive (+150mm) 1
6+2 pin PCIe (595mm) 4
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm


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