Aspire X-QPack M-ATX Case

Power Supply

Power Supply

PSU Rating PSU Lights

Included with the case is a rather nice looking 420w PSU. The finish is very similar to the Thermaltake Purepower PSU we reviewed not so long ago, and the installed Blue LED 80mm fan adds a little bling to the mix.
I was supprised to see that the PSU had dual +12v rails rated at total of 30a which theoretically should be able to power a pretty beefy system.

Aspire Cables Aspire ATX

The number of connectors may seem a bit short, but don't forget there's only a certain amount of equipment you can fit in this case. However, it would have been nice to have more than 1 SATA connector - after all, the case has space for 2 hard disks.

The ATX connector is 24-Pin, but can be converted to 20-Pin if required - a feature included on almost all modern Power Supplies.

There is a lack of support for PCI-E, which is a bit strange, considering almost all 24-Pin ATX motherboards are PCI-E nowdays, and the specs of the unit should easily be able to handle a mid-ranged PCI-E card.

12v Idle 12v Load

As with all PSU's that pass through our hands, we had to rig it up to our custom PSU tester to see how it performed under load. Disappointingly, under 30a load on the +12v rails (15a per rail), the PSU only managed to output 9.79v which could cause serious system stability issues or may even damage hardware.
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29-04-2006, 14:37:59

JN
Looking for a small factor case thats pre-modded with some nifty features? This might be the one for you

Note: Page 5 currently down. Will have it back soon

29-04-2006, 15:23:46

NickS
Good review XMS . I'm kind of dissapointed on your PSU testing, though. The rail's arent even rated for 30a yet you put 30a load on them? They're rated for 15a each iirc, plus most people arent going to have parts in there that are going to put a 30+a load on the 12v rail.

Sorry if I sound like a ***** saying that but, idk. It just doesn't seem 'fair.'

Nice review tho, great pix. Love the finish on teh PSU

Nick

29-04-2006, 15:28:08

JN
Nick,

ATX 2.0 Spec states that PSU's must have 2 rails, 1 to supply clean voltage to Motherboard/CPU and the other for other components.

The tests performed, were using 15a loads placed on both the ATX connector and Molex (Hard disk) connectors at the same time.

As the PSU was rated at 16a/14a across both rails, i would have expected to see a small drop in voltage, but not to the extend in the review.

Hope that clears things up

29-04-2006, 15:34:29

NickS
Ahh, ok. Sorry... I didn't know you loaded each thing.

Thank's for clearing that up!

Nick

29-04-2006, 16:33:51

Eguy
When I was out to buy my shuttle I was looking at this product, this review backs my descision up Nice review anyhoo mate

29-04-2006, 17:11:16

NickS
An Enermax Liberty 400w wld fit well and be fking pimp in that case.

Nick

30-04-2006, 00:41:02

WC Annihilus
I know for a fact an Enermax Liberty will fit in there too. Watercooling works too. (remember Ubermouser ) Nice review man.

BTW Geez things are expensive for you guys! The price you stated is just about exactly twice the cost it is over here in the states!
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