OCZ's EliteXStream range offers new 800W and the 1,000W power supplies - OCZ has finally made a product that crosses the boundary and bears fruit from its recent PC Power and Cooling acquisition. Yes while on the outside it says "OCZ", inside it has a heart of PC Power, which is partly the reason why it dons the Elite branding too. OCZ are intending to leverage the popularity and engineering prowess of the ever capable people at PC Power, but getting those plug things right to make a modular PSU still seems to elude them.
Never mind, if you don't care about losing modular cables in the back of a cupboard of sofa, or perhaps you're afraid some you live with will throw the box out in a fit of cleaning frenzy, then the Elite range of the XStreams could be right up your street.
We've got ourselves the 800W that should be priced and powered for more peoples wallets and PCs, and we put it through our usual rigorous testing regime to see if it really cuts the mustard like a dark ninja from the shadows.
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The box is pretty self explanatory and easy to understand if you're the type to go into actual shops and buy things from real shelves. Honestly I can't remember the last time I did this for PC equipment, however if it is important to you it does tell you everything these is to know about what's inside.
The PSU is packed very well between some large foam slabs, while kept clean with its own plastic covering. Like so many non-modular power supplies though getting it back in the box once it's out is some sort of epic test of skill and patience even The Kripton Factor contestants would baulk at.
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In addition there's a pretty comprehensive manual in English, French and German, as well as case screws and a couple of zip ties. We're missing extras like reusable Velcro ties which, although cheap to buy from hardware stores, are pretty essential when tiding the mass of cables from a non-modular PSU.