In The Box
When you first open up the box, you are greeted with a very compact package. Everything is well protected in padded nylon. Given the way most U.S. shipping companies handle packages nowadays, this is a good thing. The condition of the manual above bears witness to the condition of the package when I received it, but there were no problems with the power supply or associated accessories. All was in excellent condition mainly in part to the care Tagan takes with their products.
Breaking the main unit out shows a pretty basic design. The outer shell is coated with a flat black colored finish that won't set itself off once installed in your box. Though a little bit longer than some power supplies, there should be few problems with installation in all but the smallest enclosures. The depth measures in at about 175mm, or just under 7 inches.
As far as power is concerned, the unit is rated at 1300 watts. In keeping with newer motherboard standards, the BZ1300 has a total of six 12v rails, each of which are rated at 20A. The entire 12v rail is capable of a power draw of just over 1100 watts on its own, or 92A of draw. This will be more than enough for anything that you can throw at it. The 5v rail is rated at 30A and the 3.3v rail is set up to allow for a draw of 26A. While created for newer 12v hungry systems, this PSU can still manage older system boards that need a hefty 5v rail.
The exterior panel is pretty barren with a toggle switch and a power port. There is also a lot of mesh material to allow for ample airflow. You can also see the small label hiding in the lower right hand corner that says "+12v Auto Turbo Switch". Tagan brought out the concept of allowing users to use a toggle switch to create just a single 12v rail for systems that needed more power from a single rail than was available. With this, their flagship power supply, they have added the same feature but made it an automatic switch. What this means to you is that if your system draws more from a 12v rail than it is capable of providing, the system automatically converts the multiple 12v rail system into a single rail that allows you to draw whatever amount of power you need. This is very nice for those who are running powerful graphics adapters that draw huge amounts of power (or twin cards as we will test with that fall into the same category).
To compliment that large mesh area on the back of the enclosure is a large 135mm fan. These larger fans have been becoming very common of late and do a very good job of not only getting a lot of air moving, but also doing so with minimal noise. For those who have lighting effects already in place, this fan is equipped with blue LED lights so will emit a soft blue glow.
The interior back panel has an interesting way of utilizing the modular cabling system in that you simply screw in the cabling harness you need and go from there. Everything is color coded to match the cables so you don't have to worry about stressing any given voltage rail. Not only that, but these ports also emit a colored glow that matches the cable color code.
As noted earlier, this is a modular power supply but some of the primary cabling is still native to the box. Fully connected ports include a 20+4 pin primary power coupling, both 4-pin and 8-pin supplemental connectors, one PCI-E, one PCI-E6+2 and one Molex. There is also a grounding wire for those looking for a little extra security and peace of mind.
For those cables that are not native to the main unit, you will see a large selection of possible configurations that should have no problems at all meeting your specific needs. Included in the modular wiring harnesses are a total of 12 SATA ports, 6 additional Molex, two PCI-E and two PCI-E6+2. Combined with the native cabling, this power supply can satisfy those systems making use of the new triple graphics layouts that is becoming available on some newer motherboards.
As far as cable length is concerned on these modular cables, both the Molex and SATA cable sets have a minimum length of about 22". The Molex strands have a maximum cable length of 33" and the SATA strands have a maximum length of 40". The PCI-E strands measure out to 24". This should make it possible to handle even large enclosures without having to resort to extensions.
Above is the nylon accessory bag that was shown at the top of this page. While we have already taken a look at the cabling, there is a little more included inside the bag.
Besides the cabling harnesses and the main power cord, you also get these little goodies. To start off with, some may have noted the lack of a FDD power connector. Fear not since inside the accessory bag is a dual Molex to 2x FDD splitter. There are also a set of 4 converter plugs that allow you to use four of the SATA power connections as extra Molex. Most systems are not going to make use of a dozen SATA devices, so this gives some added flexibility to those who may want to hook up additional fans of are running alternative cooling devices that need a lot of power at different locations.
Also included in the bag are some Velcro zip ties, a small screwdriver, static proof gloves, an ABS badge and a rubber grommet that fits around the end of the power supply to create a no-vibration contact point between the PSU and the system enclosure.
Now that we have taken a look at what you get, let's take a look at how well it performs.