Our review unit today comes from Aerocool, and I'm looking forward to seeing what this company can do for us. Of course, this isn't the first time we've looked at one of their units here, but it has been a while. Way back in aught six, our illustrious founder took a peek at the Zero DBA 500W model from them. Back then, they partnered with Andyson to bring us something that, quite frankly, I found underwhelming.
But that was then and this is eleven years later. Going by the Project 7 moniker, I'm assuming that there have been six other projects since those days. Andyson is still partnering with Aerocool, but as we've recently seen this is not necessarily a bad thing at all.
That said, in my time working for this here site, I have had cause to be disappointed with Andyson as well. Not all of their platforms have been spectacular. Some missed their efficiency targets, others were downright mediocre. But it's been so long since I've seen these things be an issue for them, I'm feeling pretty optimistic today and am more than willing to give them another chance to shine.
Project 7 is Aerocool's approach to good looks and RGB lighting throughout their range of products. They have cases, power supplies, and fans under this umbrella; all meant to be handled by one or more central controllers connected to your rig via USB. We'll take a look at that functionality in a bit, but because this is primarily a power supply review I don't intend to do a lot with it. I do have a controller on hand, and will show it to you by and by.
Meantime, some box pictures. Above you see the back of the box with some graphics of the different connectors and some load specs. There's also an image of the controller, which you need to do anything at all with the RGB features of the power supply fan. At this point, I will wonder out loud if this all could have been done inside the power supply housing itself, reducing complexity. I mean, Thermaltake does it that way, after all.
Though, I grant you Thermaltake doesn't have a way to control external RGB fans via the DPS software as far as I'm aware. They do offer external RGB fan controllers that can be daisy chained like the Aerocool unit, but these don't connect with the software for the likes of the DPS Titanium units. Aerocool's way of doing things allows for central control of all RGB fans including the PSU, but I'm not sure if their software goes beyond that to offer the rest of the functionality we usually see with software monitoring on power supplies. We'll find out soon enough.
Features! This power supply has some, and they are hard to read!
The box makes a big deal out of the new Cybenetics testing and certification program, and while I like what those guys are doing over there I am personally not equipped with the test gear I would need to verify all that stuff. This site has never made a lot of extra cash. So, I'll review this puppy the way I always do: with a quick jog in the park and a firm scolding when it tries to bite someone.
High quality Japanese capacitors. Good. I like those. RGB fan can be controlled by hub or certain motherboards? Actually, the office rig has an Asus Prime Z270-A that is compatible, but it's too far away from the load tester to hassle with the wiring. And let's be honest - checking out the controller is more important anyway.
Semi fanless? Always good, as long as the design can handle it long term. Looks from the graph like the fan is pretty reluctant to spin up, so we'll have to see how that works in the hot box later. I don't see any mention of any software control over fanless mode, so we're already giving something up to Thermaltake on that one.
Fully modular with flat black cables, the box sayeth. I like these both, but the flat black ribbon approach can be quite a hassle if it's not done right. More on that later.
FDB fan? Just give me a good warranty to go with it, Aerocool. I've seen these things faked, and those from Globe Fan have been especially short lived over in my crypto mining room. Fortunately, the warranty is a respectable seven years.
It's time to do some unpacking. For now, all we have is a bag full of stuff, a power supply in a blanket, and a very ho-hum user guide that is nice but seems rather lacking in detail.
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