|Hiper HPU-5K880 and HPU-5B680 Type R Mk II PSU's|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 16 January 2008|
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Type R Mk-II HPU-5K880 Exterior
The Hiper HPU-5K880 880W power supply unit is identical to the HPU-5B680 680W Type R Mk-II PSU is every way except power output. Both are available in black or blue reflective finishes, and both offer native cable connections.
Also identical among the entire Type R Mk II series is the reusable tub which contains the PSU. Once you install the PSU, the tub works well to hold any additional wire or devices that you carry with you.
Although the black on black appearance may do well to hide fingerprints and dust, I think that it would have been great to have the USB cables be equally as conspicuous. Since they connect directly into the motherboard USB output, there isn't much chance of hiding them. Hopefully Hiper can match them to the rest of the cables in future production runs.
Rounding out the back end is an standard-size master power switch. Active power factor correction replaces the antiquated 110/220 switch, and also adds a higher level of power efficiency to the product.
By maintaining a clean array of native cables, Hiper offers a very easy approach to cable management inside the computer case. The entire Type R Mk-II series of PSU's has a clear advantage over other power supplies that simply bundle all of the cables together into one major group.
All sides of the chassis (except the bottom) have mesh vents which help keep components cool despite the fans active cooling. I imagine that this is a glimpse of the future, because one day we will see power supplies so efficient that they require no active cooling.