Rosewill HIVE 1000W Power Supply

PROD LINK: HIVE 1000W Product Page
PRICE: $109.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Here’s the power supply itself, done in that nice matte black I like so much.

And another angle for you, showing the modular cable connectors.

To my disappointment, that power switch didn’t feel nearly as solid in operation as it looked. Even so, it gets the job done. This isn’t a particularly big unit, so we don’t need to be too critical of it.

Both side panels look like this, so I’m only giving you the one shot.

A better look at the modular cables. The hardwired ones are done up in ribbon cabling, which is something I don’t like for the ATX cable. When using proper gauge wiring, this often makes the ATX cable too stiff for proper cable management.

The modular connectors are fairly clearly marked as to what goes where, but I’m feeling a mite nervous about the fact that two of the red connectors look exactly the same as the black ones. I’ll bet money those are electrically incompatible. I’ll find out in a minute or two in the cable section of this page if this is something to worry about.

There’s our fan grille. No complaints here… as stamped steel goes, this is about as unrestrictive as possible.

The top panel of the unit has the load table on it, so I’ll just do a table of my own now. The manual has no info about the maximum temperature the unit will handle at full power, but the website fortunately did. Forty degrees.

HIVE 1000W – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
23A 23A 83A 0.5A 3A
Max Power @ 40°C 140W 996W 6W 15W

And now we get to see the hardwired cables. For ribbon style, they’re pretty flexible. I like that, but not enough to go easy on scoring. Especially when the ATX ribbons aren’t tied together.

The other two hardwired cables are both CPU connectors. Not wild about that… I prefer to see one of them on the modular side of things because you don’t find two CPU connectors on just any mainboard.

A closer look at the hardwired cable connectors. Nothing too out of the ordinary here. They’re 18 gauge, which is a little small, but not uncommon.

Within the modular cable bag, I found some screws and some zip ties.

Good to see Rosewill’s doing things right, not forcing Berg connectors on the main modular cables. I don’t think we need two of those adapters, but I’m not complaining.

The two dual PCI-e cables.

The unit comes with two single 6+2 pin PCI-e connector cables, and two double. The single cables have the six pin connectors on them for the power supply end. And yes… sigh… they can be plugged into the black connectors by accident. You can also plug the video card end into the PSU’s eight-pin modular cable connectors. You can also plug the hardwired CPU connectors into the eight-pin modular cable connectors.

And if you break the clip off a black peripheral cable, you can plug it in anywhere.

It goes without saying that if you have one of these units, never plug a modular cable in without looking to be sure you’re jacking a modular cable into the correct connector. This will be a scoring deduction for sure. Most OEMs make sure they use incompatible connectors to ensure you can’t jack something in where it’s not supposed to go. This one clearly has not done that.

Two of the peripheral cables are this mix of SATA and Molex connectors. Not sure we need two of them with the declining use of the Molexes, but we have two all the same.

There are also only two pure SATA chains. With connectors spaced at inconsistent intervals between them, which tells me someone at the factory wasn’t paying attention that day. Normally I’d bawl Rosewill out for only doing two pure SATA chains on a unit this size, but with four connectors each I’ll let that slide today. I do think it would be better to have three pure SATA chains and only one Molex, but it’s not like you can’t use the SATA connectors on the Molex chains as well. Even if it would be a nightmare for cable management OCD types.

HIVE 1000W – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU
Fixed Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 570 mm
4+4 pin CPU 610 mm
8 pin CPU 610 mm
Modular Cables
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 500+150 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e, 6+2 pin PCI-e 500+150 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 505 mm
6+2 pin PCI-e 505 mm
SATA+5.25″+5.25″+5.25″ 460+145+145+145 mm
SATA+5.25″+5.25″+5.25″ 460+145+145+145 mm
SATA+SATA 460+162+150 mm
SATA+SATA 475+145+150 mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
160 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm

Cable lengths look good. Let’s go to the next page and see if the performance looks good, too.