In The Box
After you get through the shrink wrap, you will find only what you would expect to see when dealing with a power supply. Besides the unit itself, you get a power cable and mounting screws. There is also a small manual included, but you likely won't have need of this.
For those wanting to know the numbers, let's see if we can sate your curiosity. The total power output of this model is rated at 600 watts, with a recommended constant draw of no more than 580 watts. The 3.3v rail has a power limit of 36A while the 5v rail has an upper range listed as 30A. With multi-rail designs becoming more popular then ever before, the GameXStream consists of a total of FOUR 12v power rails, each of which can handle 18A. At a glance, it would appear that this model is up to pretty much anything we can think of to throw at it.
Taking a look at the cabling gives us an idea as to what this thing is capable of. In the gaggle of wiring harness above you will get a 20+4 pin primary power coupling, a 4+4 pin auxiliary power connection, six Molex connectors, six SATA connectors, two FDD connectors and two PCI-E connectors. Overall, this is a well rounded set of native power connectors and should suit most systems well. The six native SATA connectors also shows a lot of promise for those who are looking at using a RAID array in their gaming rig. This has become very popular of late and it is good to see it supported right out of the box.
A closer look will also show you that all wiring harnesses are wrapped in a mesh covering. Not only does this make the entire setup look a lot nicer, it makes it a lot easier when it comes to wire management. Additionally, the smaller footprint of the cabling will help you keep the airflow running as smoothly as possible through the case.
The two photos above show you the layout of the two "+4" couplers. Simply slide the two plastic couplers together and you have the higher rated power connection. With some older boards still needing a 20-pin main power port but newer ones needing a 24-pin and a 8-pin, this power supply ensures it will be compatible with nearly any current and legacy board on the market that requires ATX or newer specifications. It also becomes future-proof for those who are currently using an older motherboard but plan on upgrading in the near future. The GameXStream will grow with your system.
Moving around to the back side of the unit shows a very minimalistic layout. You have a port for the main power cable and a toggle switch that turns the unit on and off. The remaining space on the panel is dedicated to a mesh covering to aid in airflow.
You've likely already figured it out, but there is also no need to make manual changes between 120v and 240v power input. While not usually a big thing, this power supply can be used under either power standard and will switch automatically.
I mentioned the mesh back panel above, but what type of cooling comes with this model?
How about a large 120mm fan that not only moves a lot of air quietly, but also includes a blue LED lighting effect? When running, I was not able to hear the fan under any level of stress, so even if you are wanting to build a quiet gaming system, this PSU will fit the bill nicely.