|ePower Technology EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2007|
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Closer Look: Cables and Wiring
By remaining non-modular with the cables and wiring, the ePower Technology EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU can be a bit overwhelming once it is installed into the computer chassis. The image below is an excellent example of the many cables and connections the ePower EP-1200P10 xScale offers, but it also depicts the numerous cable groups which you will have to find a home for.
Of the many different cable groups, only the 20+4-pin ATX main, P4 (12V AUX), and 8-pin EPS are sleeved with a nylon weave over them.
Each sleeved cable group on the ePower Technology EP-1200P10 xScale is sealed with shrink wrap over a terminating ring. This provides excellent durability for these wires, and should provide years of worry-free service.
ePower Technology knows power supply design better than I do, but I have to wonder what they were thinking when they decided on twisted wire groups for the Molex connections on the EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU. Below is an example of such a calamity; something repeated with many of the other wires in this unit.
Seeing so many dedicated wires for fans is something new to me, but ePower's EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU has three of them. I suppose that in the event a particular motherboard doesn't support all of the fans installed, you can utilize these connections for thermal-controlled power.
I remember first seeing the cool looking molded fiber-braid cables when I reviewed the Mushkin HP-580AP Modular 580W PSU one year ago. I now know that ePower Technology designed and built the hp-580AP, which featured some of the best modular cables I have ever seen. In the EP-1200P10 xScale however, there are four: all for the PCI-Express 6/8 pin connections.
ePower Technology has designed the PCI-Express connectors on the EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU to be 8-pin by design, with a detachable side reverting it to the (soon to be legacy) six pin connector.
The EP-1200P10 xScale also comes with a few items you don't normally see with power supplies. Aside from a heavy-gauge main power cord (that is 1200 watts of power coming from the unit after all), there are four SATA to 4-pin Molex adapters. These adapters are a first for me, but they will help convert one of the dozen SATA connectors so that you can add to the six 4-pin Molex which are already present.