Coolermaster Real Power Pro M1000 1000w Modular PSU
Published: 16th October 2007 | Source: Coolermaster | Price: ~£180 |Packaging
There's no doubt that Coolermaster have aimed the M1000 at the high-end of the market, and the packaging certainly reinforces this. Using an over-sized, double-walled cardboard box with a simplistic black, white and grey colour scheme finished off with a gradient honeycomb effect, the M1000 outer-box looks as professional as the "Real Power Pro" name suggests.
The back of the box is where specification junkies will get their fix, with Coolermaster 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 M1000 along with a description of what cables are hard-wired into the unit.
• Coolermaster bottle opener on keychain.
• Coolermaster adhesive case badge.
• Velcro bag for storing modular cables.
• Black ATX case screws.
• UK power cord.
Overall, top marks to Coolermaster for going the extra mile with both the packaging and contents.
Coolermaster have pushed out the boat once again by giving the M1000 the same gunmetal coloured Electroplated finish as their iGreen series. Personally I'm a sucker for this type of finish as it produces a hard-wearing, mirror-like surface that's almost comparable to a high-quality paintjob. I only wish they'd included some kind of cleaning cloth in with the accessories as the finish 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 135mm 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. Oddly, Coolermaster have opted not to place a power switch on the unit, making it quite awkward to perform a complete power-down of your PC.
Much to my disappointment Coolermaster have placed a specification sticker on both sides of the unit, covering over a large portion of the gorgeous electroplated finish. A much better location for the sticker would be on the top of the unit as seen on many of PC Power & Cooling's units.