It is a brand new year, and for my first review of 2010 I'm heading back to the zoo. This will be my first visit there since I looked at the Eagle Tech Skyhawk Panther Walrus Koala Zebu Jackalope Ocelot Unicorn Mole Power unit way back when, and I hope the zookeepers don't remember what I look like. To aid in this, I am wearing a tiger costume. Why do I conveniently have a tiger costume in my closet? Uh... no reason. It's best not to ask questions like that. Hey, look! A cougar!
For those who are asking what a cougar is, well, it's a big kitty. Kind of like the one you have at home, only more prone to tearing up the drapes. But this cougar is a little different. You see, Cougar is a division of HEC group, aka Compucase, aka Heroichi. This is not the first unit I've tested from this OEM, that honor goes to the Xigmatek PC502, but it is the second and largest.
This unit is certified Silver by 80 Plus, according to the box. Many units I test will not hold this certification in the hot box, so I am looking forward to seeing if this one follows that trend. In the meantime, let's make our way past the monkey cages and take some more box pictures.
In this picture, we see a bunch of fancy logos that boast about the features of the power supply within. This is all pretty standard stuff for the outside of a power supply box. They all usually brag about something or other.
The back of the box is where we find all the marketing hype for this unit, as well as a load table for both of the S models and some connector count graphics. What are the marketing points, you ask? Well, here they are. Hey... HEY! Don't feed those bears, sir. I don't care if they are statues, just don't feed them. Those are my bears. Only I may feed them.
COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST PC-TECHNOLOGY
Supports the newest specifications of ATX12V & EPS12V. Created for useage with current and next-generation multi-core CPU and GPU platforms.
EXTREMELY HIGH EFFICIENCY
Up to 89% of efficiency, compliant with 80-PLUS® SILVER efficiency requirement.
-We'll see whether this claim holds up on pages two and three, won't we?
HIGHEST DURABLE & RELIABLE 105°C AND SOLID CAPACITORS
The best solution for a High-End PSU by using Japanese 105°C capacitors and the 105°C solid capacitors for 12Vs.
-The jury is still out on whether or not polymer capacitors offer much benefit to a computer power supply over the usual electrolytics, but it's a nice feature to see, I must admit.
DC-DC technology provides highest efficiency, most stable performance, and perfect regulation.
-Well... it can. Whether or not it will remains to be seen. Efficiency and stability depend on more than just tossing in a couple VRM's and calling it a day.
Four independent and stable +12V rails promote the best performance to gamers and offer the most efficient power distribution.
-Most power supplies boasting this still draw their 12V power from the same source, using overcurrent protection to virtually split the rails apart. Like the circuit breakers in your house. We'll see on page four if this is one such design.
DYNAMIC LOAD DISTRIBUTION ON 12V
Improves the performance of the 12V considerably for systems with with high-end graphics cards in SLI® or CrossFire® mode.
-A fancy way of saying that the unit has good transient performance.
ULTRA-QUIET & TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED FAN
Extremely Low Noise Level, equipped with a large and ultra-quiet 140mm fan.
-If I could quantify the acoustic characteristics of the fan, I would happily do so. But that is simply not possible. We're still too close to the monkey cages.
FAN DELAY OFF DESIGN
Keeping PSU fan running after shutdown to dissipate the remaining system heat and prolonging system lifetime.
HIGH PERFORMANCE AT 50°C:
Non-stop high performance at 50°C/122°F ambient temperature.
-That sounds like a challenge to my hot box. My hot box hasn't turned down a challenge yet. We'll heat this kitty up good, we will.
FLEXIBLE CABLE MANAGEMENT
FULL PROTECTIONS WITH OCP, SCP, OVP, UVP, OPP
3 YEARS WARRANTY
-That's all? Most of your competitors are doing longer warranties than that, guys.
As it turned out, all the marketing hype was printed on a very tight fitting sleeve that went over the box proper. In trying to get that sleeve off, my hand slipped and the sleeve went flying into the rabbit exhibit and took out one of the poor things. Why is the bunny display next to the predator kitty display? I'm thinking "population control."
Opening up the box, our kitty cat seems to be housed in some of the most obsessively designed packaging ever. The little cardboard box leaning up against the main box in the foreground houses the user guide and a few accessories, while all the cabling is up under those cardboard flaps to the top and right of the black power supply bag itself.
Here's the whole thing unpacked for you. A user guide, some screws, a case badge, four velcro cable ties, a power cord, some modular cables, a power supply bag, and a power supply can all be seen in the shot above.
This would be the user guide. Not bad as user guides go.
And here's the power supply itself. I must admit, the color scheme is quite striking on this particular cat.
Here's kitty from another angle, showing the modular connectors. Looks like they forgot to put the "7" on this side.
I'm thinking of something orange... sooomethiiiing orange. Give up? It's an orange! Ok, now I'm thinking of something blue. Something bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuue!
Sadly, that green power switch does not light up.
Here's the fan side of today's power supply. I'm really liking the appearance of this unit, folks.
The load table of the day can be found on the top side of the unit, where it would be out of sight in most cases. The specs on this unit are quite respectable for a 700 watt model.
Why does a kitty cat have a tail that looks like several garter snakes, I find myself asking. Was kitty created in a lab on the island of Dr. Moreau or something?
Here are the modular connectors up close. Though they are all 8 pin Mini-Fit Jr. style, they do not interchange. There's no chance of mixing them up.
The modular cables are done up like garter snakes as well, it appears.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (620mm)
8 pin EPS12V (620mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V (+300mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (500mm)
6 pin PCIe (500mm)
5.25" Drive (500mm+150mm+150mm)
5.25" Drive to 3.5" Drive Adapter (150mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (500mm)
6 pin PCIe (+150mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
180mm x 150mm x 86mm
While the rail distribution on this unit is a little odd when it comes to the CPU connectors, this is pretty standard stuff for a quad 12V design. The PCI-E cables are on the 12V rails with the most juice, and there's enough gas in the tank here for two video cards of decent power requirements.
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