OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU

April 2, 2009 | 09:25

Tags: #500w #80 #budget #cheap #efficiency #modular #noise #performance #plus #power #pro #psu #review #supply #testing #value

Companies: #mod #ocz #test

Cables and Connectors

Affixed cables include:
  • One 45cm 20+4-pin ATX cable
  • One 45cm 8-pin EPS 12V CPU cable
  • One 45cm 4-pin EPS 12V CPU cable
Modular cables include:
  • One 45cm 6+2-pin PCI-Express cable
  • One 45cm 6-pin PCI-Express cable
  • Two SATA cables with connectors at 45cm, 60cm and 75cm
  • Two Molex cables with connectors at 45cm, 60cm and a floppy connector at 75cm

OCZ's cables, like its modular connectors, are generally very good. The braid quality is excellent, with a tight fit that's sealed off neatly close to the end of the modular cables. However, the same can't be said for the 20+4-pin ATX cable - its braid is too wide and the end heatsrinking slips easily.

The plugs are good quality, but it's worth noting that if you're very unfamiliar with PC cabling then it might be easy to confuse which end is which on the PCI-Express cables since they're both red.

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors
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Weirdly, OCZ includes 4-pin and 8-pin EPS 12V connectors, but why? Why not just include only a 4+4-pin and why permanently tether them both to the PSU? We'll only ever use one with a 500W power supply. It defies the point of having a modular PSU if we'll always be left with one cable we'll never use - it would have been better to make a PCI-Express cable captive instead, as we'll almost always use one of them (especially if you own an Nvidia card).

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors
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The 6+2-pin and 6-pin PCI-Express cables are very neat, and this technically gives you support for cards all the way up to a GeForce GTX 295 or Radeon HD 4870 X2. The 18 Amps from the second 12V rail equates to only 216W, and with 75W being taken from 12V-1 via the PCI-Express slot, the OCZ might be enough for one of these bleeding edge cards, providing there is limited use of hard drives and other SATA/Molex peripherals.

The 90 degree SATA connectors are strung to make flush connections for hard disk/optical drives. However, as the connectors are 15cm apart, the cable will need to be concertinaed for multiple drives sitting one-atop of each other. The Molex connectors have push-release clips, and all the connectors match the black braiding and PSU casing.

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU Cables and Connectors
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