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  Product:     OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply  
  Price:     $144 (CDN) / $115 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     OCZ Technology
  Author:     Skaal-Tel
  Date:     June 10th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jessica from OCZ Technology for sending the OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply for review.

Introduction:

With the advent of second generation video cards, such as the ATI 9000 series and NVIDIA 5000's, many consumers have found existing 300W budget power supplies to be the weakest link in a computer configuration. The introduction of more powerful video cards, such as x800's and 6800's, SLI and Crossfire setups with twin PCI Express components demand that existing power supplies require your immediate attention. Today in the MTB Labs we will be evaluating the OCZ ModStream OCZ52012U; the latest modular PSU unit marked by OCZ Technology.

Specifications:

The ModStream 520W Power Supply is one of two current power supply offerings from OCZ Technology. Most consumers may easily recognize OCZ as a manufacturer of some truly top-notch memory modules. The ModStream power supply is designed with the modder in mind and includes a modular design and removable cables. The PowerStream is non-modular and includes stock power cable configuration. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the OCZ Technology website:

OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply - Key Features:
OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply: Manufactured by OCZ Technology
Dimensions: 160mm x 150mm x 86mm
Input Voltage: 95~132Vac / 190~264Vac
Input Frequency Range: 50/60Hz
Input Current: 12/6A
Output: +3.3V@28A, +5V@45A, +12V@26A, -5V@0.8A, -12V@1A, +5VSB@2.5A
Approvals: TUV, UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC
Supports ATX/BTX/PCI Express/SATA
OCZ EZMod advanced cable management system
OCZ PowerWhisper Technology with 120mm fan
OCZ PowerShield PCI-Express lead
3 Year warranty backed by OCZ’s exclusive PowerSwap replacement program. No more endless return-for-repair loops!

OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply
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OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply
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The OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply arrived completely undamaged and packed fairly securely in its bubble wrap support bag. The box itself was pretty flashy with images of OCZ52012U and a copy of the power ratings listed on the side.

OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply
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OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply
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The OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply includes an assortment of modular cables that were tucked inside a separate box above the power supply. The manual is sparse, but provides enough information to help novice users with the installation and troubleshooting. The package also includes a bag of multi-coloured Velcro tie wraps which I thought were a nice touch.
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