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  Product:     Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply  
  Price:     $135 (CAN) / $115 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ultra Products
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     November 7th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Malsert from Ultra Products for sending the Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply for review.

Introduction:

With the expansion of the standard consumer computer hardware products being designed to encompass enthusiast elements, the choice for an appropriate power supply can become rather cumbersome. One of the clear advantages to the majority of enthusiast-based products compared to basic offerings is the sheer level of versatility at the userís disposal. Currently on the market there are several recognized manufacturers that have established credible reputations for designing high quality power supply units with excellent performance and warranty options. Ultra Products is a global, technology-solutions provider headquartered in Fletcher, Ohio which offers a wide range of solutions, products, and services to resellers and end users worldwide. The company has gained recognition with the introduction of what is being dubbed as the "worlds first modular power supply". Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply from Ultra Products.

Specifications:

The X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply is one of several models being offered from the X-Connect product line ranging in power and aesthetic options. The X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply is designed to deliver the user a complete modular solution in order promote precise cable management and additional airflow to any standard computer. Additional features include UV reactive shielded cables, Dual UV 80mm fans, high gloss finish, low acoustic noise, Short Circuit Protection and more. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Ultra Products website:

Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply - Key Features:
Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply: Manufactured by Ultra Products
High-gloss mirror finish
Modular cable connection system
UV reactive shielded cables
Dual 80mm fans
Low acoustic noise
Short Circuit Protection
In-rush Current Protection
Thermal Overload Protection
Connectors: 1x 20-Pin Main Power, 1x 6-Pin AUX (Xeon) Power, 1x 4-Pin 12V (P4), 6 x 4-Pin Peripheral and 1 x Floppy

Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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The Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply arrived in a large colorful cardboard packaging. The Ultra Products logo along with the X-Connect name is branded throughout the box provide a vibrant design. Detailed imagery and specifications are printed on all sides of the packaging. Bundled inside is an additional smaller box that holds the necessary cables. Both packages follow a common theme and are very informative. The Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply was tightly packaged and held stationary via two polystyrene blocks.

Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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A small variety of standard accessories are included with the Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply in the form of a printed User Manual, mounting screws, socket covers and an AC input power cord. A total of nine shielded cables are included for use with the Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply which include the following:
  • 1 x ATX Main Power Cable (20-Pin)
  • 1 x 17.75" Peripheral Power Cable
  • 1 x 21.75" Peripheral Power Cable
  • 2 x Y-Type Peripheral Power Cable
  • 1 x Double Y-Type Peripheral Power Cable with FDD 4 pin connector
  • 1 x +12V Power Cable
  • 1 x AUX 6 pin Power Cable
  • 1 x 6" SATA Cable
Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply
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All cables included with the Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply follow the X-Cable technology which constitutes, molded cable cores and connectors, Premium Tinned-Copper braiding sleeve, UV Translucent effects and superior strength and flexibility. Enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the cables are available in a variety of colors ranging from red, green and blue. We can see from the above images that the overall connection size is much larger when compared to standard Molex connections. The top portion of each cable has been branded with a small silver Ultra logo for an added touch of appeal.
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