Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU

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October 13, 2004 by Mike Chin with Jeremy Noring

Product
Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU
ATX12V v1.2 power supply
Manufacturer
Ultra Products
MSRP
US$130.00; street price of ~$100

Most SPCR readers have probably not heard of Ultra Products. This would not come as a great surprise, since they're a relatively new company that seems to focus mainly on accessories and case modding products, and has no history in the quiet component or system market. However, they do have several products that may be of interest, like the subject of this review, the Ultra X-Connect 500W power supply.

The packaging is quite a lot bigger than usual.


It's a big box...


...that holds all this.

Included in the box are the Ultra X-Connect PSU, cables and a good manual. The manual is a nice touch; it's not uncommon for PSUs to have no documentation whatsoever. It also gives us the opportunity to check out the manufacturer claims regarding their product:

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

This information is culled from the manual, the packaging and the product web page.

FEATURE & BRIEF COMMENT

ATX12V V1.2 Intel PSU Guide compliance

The latest standard is V2.0, the one prior is V1.3; this could be better.

Modular Cable Connection System

It shares this unique feature with the Antec NeoPower, which it preceded.
High-Gloss Mirror Finish Looks nice.

UV Reactive Shielded Cables

Could be nice with a case window and UV lighting.
Dual 80mm Fans OK, not necessarily good or bad.
Low Acoustic Noise
One of the things we always verify.
Protection against Short-Circuit, Over-current, Over-temperature
Considerably less complete protection than many other PSUs.

Safety / EMI Approvals: IEC, FCC-B, UL, CSA, EN certification

Generally, the more the better.

SPECIFICATIONS

Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU Specifications
AC Input
103-132 VAC @ 10A, 47~63 Hz or 206-264 VAC @ 5A, 47~63 Hz
DC Line
+3.3V
+5V
+12V
-5V
-12V
+5Vsb
Max Output
28A
30A
34A
0.3A
0.8A
2A
Min Load
0.3A
0.4A
0.3A
0
0
0
Regulation
±5%
±5%
±5%
±10%
±10%
±5%
Ripple & Noise
50mV
50mV
120mV
50mV
120mV
50mV
Max Power
92W
150W
408W
1.5W
10W
10W
480W
20W

It's interesting to note the very high current available on the +12V line. It's probably close to the thermal rated limits of the 12V cables and connectors. As is usual, the combined max output power is substantially less than the simple sum of the individual line maximums.

Other Ultra X-Connect 500W Specifications
Ambient Operating Temperature 0 to +40°C
Power Efficiency 70% (min) at full load


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