Reviews - Seventeam Hurricane 1200W
Sample Provided by: SevenTeam (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, May-19-2008)

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In December of last year, yours truly took a peek at the flagship of the Seventeam power supply line, the ST-1200E-AF 1200W power supply. Today, we continue our exploration of Seventeam's offerings with the ST-1200Z-AF, who is also known as the Hurricane. Will this enormous beast rock me like a hurricane or just perform like a box of rocks?

Come with me on a tour of the Land of Load Testing and we'll see what happens when the SunMoon comes out and tries to dry up the Hurricane.

Our first stop, as always, is a visit to boxland. Keep your arms inside the vehicle please, some of these boxes can be vicious. As boxes go, this one's somewhat better looking to me compared to the box for the Thundering 1200W I looked at in December.

Let's see... 1200, 1200, 1200... where's the specs for the 1200? We're looking at the top of the box, and I don't see the specs for the 1200W here with all its other brothers and sisters. Maybe they're on another side of the box. Yeah, that's gotta be it. You, the old lady in the third seat back, I said keep your arms in the vehicle and now you have a paper cut. Serves you right. Hey! I said, no refunds.

Hmm. Still no 1200W specs. But there are a lot of logos to talk about. SATA connectors. Seventeam Noise Control (STNC). Full range voltage input. RoHS compliant. APFC. Ah, look there - pass at 50 degrees and +12V at 80A. Those are nice numbers. But we'll see just how nice they are on the next page, won't we?

You in the back, what was your question? Oh, that's just the old Zoopower. Don't worry, he's harmless. On to the top of the box. But not literally, we don't want to squash it. Or... do we? No, we don't.

Still no specs for the 1200W, but we do get a nice graphic of a keyhole and some ventilation holes, as well as some connector diagrams. I wonder what the keyhole unlocks. I tried to look through it but all I saw was gray.

I'm beginning to think the box has no specs for the 1200W. On this side, all we get are graphics made up to look like the box is a power supply. Just how fast would I be committed if I told you all I got a shock from that receptacle? Ah, interesting. I won't tell you that then.

Lady, keep your kids away from that Chiefmax. He's mean. He'll bite you. Hard.

Now that we've ventured well into boxland, we'll open this one up and expose the goodness within. Our first look at the box innards reveals an owner's manual made with folded up paper stapled together. All in all, it's one of the most awkwardly constructed owner's manuals I've seen. But it does the job.

Lifting out a thick foam piece, we finally get a good look at a Hurricane. And it's a big one too. Don't get too close now, best to let me find out whether he's friendly first.

The contents of the box all laid out for your viewing pleasure. We have a pile of modular cables, a manual, a beastly thick 14 guage power cable, a Hurricane, and some black satin pajamas for the modular cables. Seriously, that bag is one of the nicer modular cable bags I've ever seen come with a power supply. Say, do those two big hosses over there look jealous to you? Actually, one's related so I have no idea what's to be jealous about.

Well, would you look it that. It seems that the Hurricane likes to pose for your pictures. And why not? It's a nice looking power supply.

Unlike the Corsair HX1000 from last week, the Hurricane has no labels or color coding on the modular connectors to denote which does what or which 12V rail goes where. Indeed, on a quad 12V unit it's good to know what does what, right?

You, the bald guy with the monkey. I'm sorry, your son really did look like a monkey. I need new glasses, ok? He still smells like one though. To answer your question, yes I am aware that the box seemed to imply a single 80A 12V rail. But you will recall the box also failed to give specs for this model. A bit later on, I'll open up the unit and see what rails go where.

This little girl in the front seat here asks how you tell what plugs in where. Well, little darlin,' you see that row of eight pin connectors up top there? The first two on the left connect with the two EPS and/or one ATX12V cable for your CPU. The remaining four are for PCI-E cables. They look similar, but are not pin compatible, thus reducing the risk of plugging in the wrong ones. The six pin connectors below them, to the right of the ATX connector, are for the SATA and 5.25/3.5" cables.

Yay! I get to breakage more invalids! Be right back, everyone. There's a cooler with bottles of water up front here if the bus gets too hot while I'm gone.


















Max Combined Watts






If the cops ask, that's my cane and it's bent like that from whacking it on the head of the guy that was trying to make off with the park's prized Zippy. And my hair was always white and curly. And these dentures are for my grandma. Finders, keepers.

Here we have a label and table of the outputs on the Hurricane. As you can see, this model is indeed volunteered as a quad 12V unit. And, the combined 12V output is a staggering 90A, not 80A. That's somewhat more than the SM-268 can load down, so I'm going to go as far as I can and try to make up the difference on the other rails, as I did with the Corsair from last time.

Right about here, I'll tell you what I found out about the rail distribution. Before the park opened this morning, the staff decided to let the Hurricane out of its box for a quick run around the park. I fired a tranquilizer dart and quickly heaved it up onto the operating table for a little mad scientist like exploratory surgery. Don't worry, the Hurricane didn't feel a thing - I made sure not to touch anything that would skew the load testing results.

As it turns out, the Hurricane is not a quad 12V unit. Well, it is and it isn't. Like its brother from December, it's quad 12V all the way down to the wires. But, the modular connector PCB sums them all down to one. That could be a good thing to you folks looking for such a beast. But, that could also be a not so good thing if the folks at Seventeam didn't address any complications arising from summing multiple pi-filtered lines together. We'll see about that on page two in the ripple tests. But, I am thankful for the summing, for the summing makes my job easier as the SunMoon can only load two 12V rails.

While the Hurricane was up on the operating table I grabbed a shot of its tentacles for you. All connections at the PSU modular panel are made with Molex Mini-Fit Jr. connectors. And now, if you will all be so kind as to study the following table, I'll go wake up the Hurricane and let it loose into the load testing paddock.

Type of connector: Seventeam
ATX connector (450mm) 24 pin
2 x 2 12V connectors (450mm) 1
4 x 2 12V Xeon/EPS connector (450mm) 2
2 x 4 PCIe (450mm) 4*
2 x 3 PCIe (+150mm) 4
5.25" Drive connectors (450mm + 150mm + 150mm) 6
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm) 2
SATA Drive power connectors (450mm +150mm + 150mm) 2

*PCI-E connectors are modular 6+2 pin type


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