Cooler Master Real Power Pro M700 700w Modular PSU
Packaging & Appearance
While many manufacturers tend to skimp and save in the packaging department on their mid-range PSU's, Cooler Master have given the M700 the exact same treatment as its bigger brother the M1000. Using an oversized, double-walled cardboard box with a simplistic black and white colour scheme finished off with a gradient honeycomb effect, the outer-box looks just as professional as the "Real Power Pro" name suggests.
In keeping with the simplistic theme the front of the box doesn't really reveal much information about the PSU, giving only a reflected picture of the M700 along with the Cooler Master logo and name of the unit. However, the back and sides of the box is where specification junkies will get their fix, with Cooler Master printing many of the same specification tables found on their website (and page #1 of this review). Also included is a table that lists the modular cables provided with the M700 along with a description of what cables are hard-wired into the unit.
To ensure that the M700 arrives in tip-top condition, Cooler Master have gone to the trouble of placing 1" thick padding around the edge of the box along with a divider down the centre to keep the PSU seperate from any stray accessories. The PSU is also protected from scuffs and scratches by a clear plastic bag. Cooler Master have actually included quite a few extras in with the M700, so lets see exactly whats in the box:
• Cooler Master bottle opener on keychain.
• Cooler Master adhesive case badge.
• ATX case screws.
• UK power cord.
Well done to Cooler Master for going the extra mile with both the packaging and contents.
Cooler Master have pushed out the boat once again by giving the M700 a high gloss black painted finish. This does differ from the extremely sexy electroplated finish of the M1000 - and may not be quite so hard wearing, but overall its a very welcome change from the drab matte finish that most other PSU's employ. I only wish they'd included some kind of cleaning cloth in with the accessories as the surface is very good at picking up fingerprints.
The back of the unit is vented with a honeycomb mesh design that allows the heat dissipated by the 120mm fan to exit the back of a PC case freely. Also found at the back of the unit is an LED status indicator that changes from red to green when the PSU is powered on. Unlike the M1000, the M700 actually features a power switch! While this may not seem anything very special, it was a dearly missed feature on the M1000 (for me at least!).
Around the front of the unit we can see the M700's modular system with a total of 8 connectors. Two of these connectors are in PCI-E 6-Pin format, with the remaining six connectors using Cooler Master's own plug design. This layout is actually significantly different to the higher powered M1000 which featured a total of 10 connectors (the extra two being 8-Pin PCI-E format) and a grill at the lower part of the unit for providing extra ventilation.
The rest of the unit is fairly standard, with a specification sticker being placed on both sides and a plain top.
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