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  Product:     Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply  
  Price:     ALIEN P4-520W $79 (CAN) / $64 (U.S)
  Price:     ICE P4-450W $69 (CAN) / $56 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     April 6th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeffrey from Tradex Information Technology Incorporation for sending the ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supplies for review.

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Introduction:

The bar has been raised when addressing the power requirements for the average computer user. In the past, where a strong emphasis was placed on wattage, consumers now have a variety of different options available to now consider. New revolutionary power supply units have now been complimented by aesthetically pleasing designs, professional sleeving, EZ Grip Molex connectors, laser cut fan grills, acrylic window kits and easy to use modular cables. Since 1998, Tradex Information Technology has been the sole distributor Nikao brand cases in North America. The company has changed direction in the style and detailing of their product line with the release of Nikao branded power supply units. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply, two products that offer high performance and a unique list of features.

Specifications:

The Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supplies is two of three different units available on the Tradex Information Technology website. The ALIEN P4-520W is a higher end model that uses 520 watts by default. The other two models are the ALIEN P4-470W and ICE P4-450W, which available in 470 watts and 450 watt configurations. All Nikao branded power supplies comply with UL, CSA, TUV, CB, CE, S, N, D, FI, and FCC standards. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Tradex Information Technology website:

Nikao ALIEN P4-520W Power Supply - Key Specifications:
Nikao ALIEN P4-520W Power Supply: Manufactured by Tradex Information Technology
Colour: Titanium Grey / Silver
Ventilation Design: 1 x 80mm Fan Intake Heat and 1 x 80mm Fan Exhaust Heat
Black Wire Sleeve / Silver Wire Sleeve
Approved by UL, CSA, TUV, CB, CE, S, N, D, FI, FCC
Supports both Intel & AMD
Short Circuit / Over Voltage / Over Current Protection
100% Burn-In Test / Hi-Pot Test / Vibration Test / Leak Current Test
User-Adjustable fan speed controller optimizing balance between noise reduction and necessary cooling

Nikao ICE P4-450W Power Supply - Key Specifications:
ICE P4-450W Power Supply: Manufactured by Tradex Information Technology
Colour: Silver
Ventilation Design: 1 x 120mm LED Fan
White Wire Sleeve
Approved by UL, CSA, TUV, CB, CE, S, N, D, FI, FCC
Supports both Intel & AMD
Short Circuit / Over Voltage / Over Current Protection
100% Burn-In Test / Hi-Pot Test / Vibration Test / Leak Current Test
User-Adjustable fan speed controller optimizing balance between noise reduction and necessary cooling

Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply
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Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply
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The Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supplies arrived in colourful boxed retail packaging with manufacturer's logos and images printed on all of the sides. The back portion of the packaging includes product specifications and industry regulation standards. The packaging inside the box was good with both units placed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply
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Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W Power Supply
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Out of the box, the Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W both have an aesthetically pleasing design enhanced by an exterior encased in titanium grey and silver colours. The titanium grey exterior of the ALIEN P4-520W is complimented with a laser cut alien head fan grill while the ICE P4-450W uses a standard 120mm wire grill. The highlight for both packages is the inclusion of 80mm and 120mm ball bearing LED fans which are connected to a rheostat switch for controlling fan speed levels. Both packages include a complimentary power cable but are missing a few essentials such as a reference manual and mounting screws. The Nikao ALIEN P4-520W & ICE P4-450W include some unique built-in features which include Short Circuit, Over Voltage and Over Current Protection. These features are designed to safe guard any components that are attached to each unit and is comparable to surge protection found on most standard power bar strips.
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