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Ultra X4 1200W Power Supply Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:-wObzpZOmGxv7M:http://s.mcstatic.com/thumb/2965022/10827467/4/directors_cut/0/1/ultra_x4_micro_atx_400w_modular_power_supply_video_review.jpgBeing underpowered is not acceptable for serious enthusiasts or gamers. With the beefy hardware we are starting to see come out lately, there is no excuse for running an inept low wattage power supply. You will simply not be able to run a stable system without putting up the cash for a decent sized power supply. Today we will be looking at a long time veteran to the performance PC world: Ultra Products. Their new line of X4 power supplies are 100% modular and have some serious punch. Let’s see how well it did and what it looks like:

Provided by: Ultra Products

Price: TBA

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Protecting Your Investment
- Integrated short circuit protection and thermal overload sensors automatically protects the PC when surges or overheating becomes an issue.
- 135mm fan improves airflow throughout the chassis while keeping noise at a minimum.

 

Hassle-Free Installation
- With Ultra's patented Modular Design, you only connect the cables which you need increasing airflow and giving your chassis that nice clean look.

Solid Support
- With 3 year standard and lifetime warranty available upon registration, Ultra's customer service meets the highest industry standards.

Features:

  • Total Output Power: 1200W (Full Load, Nominal Input Voltage). 
  • 85% Efficient at Typical Load and Nominal Input Voltage
  • AC Input Voltage: 115-230V
  • AC Input Frequency: 60/50Hz
  • AC Input Current: 15A for 115VAC, 8A for 240VAC
  • 135mm Fan - Dedicated Circuitry, Low Noise
  • Cable Carrying Case
  • Silicon Vibration Dampener with Thumb Screws
  • 80Plus Certified
  • Low Noise
  • Active PFC
  • Fully Modular

 

Testing:

In order to test the Ultra X4 properly I will be running 3 tests the first will be using a standard LCD power supply tester then I will be running both a load and idle test on the power supplies. We do not like to go over the top with our testing on OverclockersHQ like other sites all we are striving for is to see the numbers and make sure these power supplies are pumping out what they are supposed to and not fluctuating by any more than 1 volt. In our testing today we will be running 4 power supplies the Ultra X4 1200W, the coolmax usa: CUL, VP, and ZP series power supplies. This will give us a broad range of power and price in order to see what we are dealing with.

 LCD Tester:

PSU

+5

+12

+3.3

-12

5VSB

PG

750 CUL

5.0

12.4

3.3

-12

5

320ns

600B

5

12

3.3

-11.6

5

280ns

750 ZP Silent

5

12.2

3.3

-12.3

5

280ns

Ultra 1200W

4.7

12.4

3.3

-12.3

4.9

290ns

 

Load Idle:

Voltages

750 CUL

600B

ZP 750W Silent

X4 1200W

 

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

+3.3

3.09

3.3

1.97

2.66

2.54

2.75

2.53

3.18

+5

4.9

4.97

4.97

4.97

5.05

5.05

4.97

5

+12

12.48

12.48

12.1

12.03

12.35

12.35

12.48

12.48

 

Conclusion:

Overall motherboard sensors aren’t the most accurate test of a power supply Judging by our 3.3 volt reading on the motherboard we cannot trully draw a proper conclusion from onboard testing. As for the LCD test we see that the Ultra X4 is well within peak performance range and should have no issue pumping out the proper voltages for your next gaming or enthusiast rigs..

The Ultra X4 PSU we tested before for micro ATX applications was in credible and now its younger bigger brother has not left us with the feeling of being shorted. I believe that the new X4 line will be incredibly reliable and majorly cut down on your overall cable mess.

Pros:

  • Great warranty
  • Clean design
  • Great Modular means less cables getting in the way of your cooling
  • Solid Voltages
  • Small! I have yet to see a standard sized PSU over 1000W until the X4
Cons:
  • None to speak of


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