When I was a young nutcase, there was a game my cousins and I used to play with my youngest sister. This game consisted solely of pointing our fingers at said sister and yelling, "Hyper Heidi!!!" She would then point back and yell, "Hyper him!!!" This would be repeated over and over until one of two things happened: one of us stopped being hyperactive, or far more likely Mom and Dad would come yell at us for driving them bonkers.
Well, today I'm taking a look at the first of three Hiper power supplies stockpiled here in my lab. Once I get done all three, you can imagine what I'm going to get from my sister the next time I speak to her on the phone. Today's victim is the HPU-4M580-PS, known to all his little buddies as the Type M 580W. And yes, just to get into the spirit of things, I'm on the caffeine already.
Wait, what am I thinking? My sister will never see this. I'm not reviewing My Little Ponies.
Inside this drab gray box beats the heart of a Crossfire certified power supply, if I am to believe the sticker plastered on the front. However, a quick look over at the Crossfire certification page shows that this model is only certified for cards like the X1900 and HD3850/3870. But really, with anything more power hungry than those cards you should be thinking about something more beefy than this unit anyway, right?
Attached to the box via shrink wrap was a card detailing the full specs of this unit as well as connector counts and how long the cabling is. Hiper really wants you to know what this unit is all about.
Opening the box, I caught sight of something taped to the side, in the area normally covered by the box flap. Why, it's a little bag with not one but two case badges. You get to pick the one that matches your case best. Or, use both if you really like putting stickers up everywhere. Pretty cool if you ask me.
The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a user guide. While the front is printed in roughly half a bajillion kerbillion languages, the bulk of it is English only. As user guides go there isn't a whole lot to it, but there are some useful diagrams to explain how to connect stuff to this unit. Also, a complete list of the unit's specifications is present; as well as a complete list of connectors and what 12V rail they are connected to. The details of a three year warranty are in the user guide as well. Actually, I guess there is a pretty good amount of info here for your basic four way folded piece of recycled paper.
Ah, the caffeine is working already. Look, my hands are shaking.
With the box unpacked, we can see the Type M itself, a hefty 16 guage power cord, the user guide, and... hey, what are in those two bags, anyway?
Why, would you look at that. While this power supply is not modular in the traditional sense, Hiper did do something to that effect. The power supply itself has several 5.25" Molex connectors on the ends of short, sleeved cables. The idea is, you unpack the two bags of extenders shown above, pick the ones you need, and plug them into the short cables on the PSU. That way, while you don't have a modular unit, you are able to minimize the rat's nest in your case. Sweetness. I prefer full modular myself, but what with a certain company out there suing left and right over the modular idea, well, I gotta tell you this idea is better than a swift punch in the face.
Taking a look at the Type M up close, I can't help feeling a bit nervous. While the perforated case looks wicked cool, I have to admit that the electronics tech inside me is very nervous about the fan's ability to do some wicked cooling with all those holes to vent air through. Wouldn't those holes cause the fan to vent hot air back into the case, you think? Well, the hot box will tell that tale. Meantime, here's a label shot and a chart.
Max Combined Watts
Hmm, my head seems to be twitching now. I'll just let up on the caffeine a bit here. No, wait, I have a better idea: I'll put on my Haddaway CD so it looks like I'm doing the Roxbury thing. Yes, I really do own the whole CD. Hey, I'll have you know it was 1992 at the time, and I was much younger. So there.
I need to comment about some of these numbers on the label. While at first glance it looks like this unit is able to do respectable numbers on the two 12V rails, the combined total for those rails is a mere 30A. And, if you look at the combined 3.3V/5V rail rating, it's a staggering 240W. That's not something I want to see - it tells me this unit is an old design, built for the days when the Pentium III ruled the lands and all CPUs were powered from the 5V rail. So, we're going to have to pay special attention to the crossload tests this time - we want to make sure we can get the full 30A out of the two 12V rails without having a heavy 5V load on the supply; as is a common trait to most newer rigs.
Here we can see the minimal amount of cabling that is actually attached to the power supply. But, even though Hiper lists cable lengths in no less than two places in the packaging and user manual of this unit, I'm going to be redundant, pull out the tape measure, and put them all in a table. Including the extenders.
*Extender to power supply connectors are Molex 5.25" pass through type
**Requires two Molex extender connections at the PSU, or at other extenders
As you are able to see, the fact that the extenders attach to the three existing power supply 5.25" Molexes using pass through connectors means you can use these little things in a variety of ways. By my count, you can get up to eight 5.25" drive Molex connectors alone on this unit. Why, you can daisy chain a bunch of them together if you like, and end up with one long monstrosity of a cable. And, Hiper also offers the extenders seperately, so you can add even more as your heart desires. 12V rail distribution is pretty simple on this unit. The CPU connectors get 12V2. Everything else gets 12V1. So, if you had two cards needing PCI-E connectors, they would both be on 12V1.
Of course, you're only going to be able to go so far on the capacity of a 580W unit with a disproportionate amount of 12V power available, but this unit does offer a great deal of flexibility in the cabling. Prettyawesomeifyouaskme. UhohIthinkI'vehadwaytoomuchcaffeinenow. I'mgoingtotakeabreaknowtocalmdown. Seeyouonthenextpage.
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