|Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-800MA1S 800W Modular PSU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2008|
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ABT-800MA1S Cables and Wiring
Kingwin has utilized a very clean array of native cables, which offers a very easy approach to cable management thanks to the aircraft-style connections. The connection interface is really quite unique beyond these aircraft connectors though, because as each modular cable is secured and connected the ring around it lights blue.
But there are some downsides to building a modular PSU. Most manufacturers seem to be clearing away from the modular design, since non-modular cables and wiring seldom fail and cause RMA's. In respect to the Mach 1, Kingwin may end up regretting the decision to please gamers and enthusiasts at the expense of a reasonable repair rate.
The images above and below should give an excellent example of the many cables and connections available for use on the Kingwin ABT-800MA1S.
Each cable group within the Mach 1 power supply is fully sleeved and sealed with shrink wrap at each end, providing excellent durability for the wires. This design should provide years of worry-free service, and may also reduce structural breakdown of the wires.
Since so many new computer systems today have special end-connector requirements for the motherboard, power supply manufacturers must accommodate everyone. Kingwin offers a very wide variety of connections, and even maintains a single floppy power connector for those old school BIOS updates.
Most people are not very picky about the connection ends on their power supply; and I can forgive them of that since they probably don't change their hardware every other day like I do. But when a product makes my own experience with it noticeably better, I must give it the recognition it deserves.
Kingwin makes good use of the convenient "EZ-Grip" feature on the 4-pin Molex peripheral power connectors. The small ridged finger-grip make it so much easier to pull the power connector away from tough connections. The only thing better than these grips are the pass-though Molex connector ends which I seem to only find in Hiper power supply units. Conversely, Kingwin has taken a page from the ePower Technology EP-1200P10 and used an 8-pin design with detachable side, which easily allows it to revert back into a six pin connector.
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