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By Mike Wright on Oct 12, 2003 11:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 45 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Extreme Cases


As mentioned in the introduction, you also receive a power supply with this case. Not only that, but it also happens to be a 420 watt model. This is certainly not something you would expect in a budget enclosure, but there you have it.

The PSU is a Raidmax branded unit designed to be capable of handling 26 amps on the 3.3v rail, 32 amps on the 5v rail and 13 amps on the 12v rail. Overall a decent power supply, but you may want to watch out how many fans and lights you include in your system as the 12v rail is a bit lower than many other models. Not badly so, but you might find yourself limited when you get towards the high-end lighting effects and such.

As far as cabling goes, you will find everything you need to get your system up and running properly. Being an ATX design, you get a single 20-pin main power, both varieties of the 4-pin supplementary power for modern boards, a pair of FDD connectors and a meager four 4-pin Molex connectors.

This brings us to one of the few true gripes I have about this case; the lack of enough Molex connectors. Considering the fact that the case itself has four Molex requirements (two rear fans, one lighted side fan, power lead for front LED/HDD activity lighting), you can see that daisy chaining is going to be mandatory. Even low-end power supplies should have a minimum of six Molex connectors, so you will almost certainly find this area to be lacking.

Once I calmed down about the lack of proper Molex connectors, I got down to the business of testing out the power supply. I stressed the system as I do when normally testing a PSU and came up with the above results.

While all three power rails came up a bit below their stated value, the results still fell into the normal 5% window - so you should see no problems where power is concerned. Plus, with 420 watts at your immediate disposal, you should have very few problems with power levels when running your system.

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