Enermax MODU87+ 700w PSU Review
With a combination of black and gold being used as the main colour palette, it's very hard to deny that MODU87+ packaging has a certain high-class / quality feel to it. Enermax have also avoided overloading the front of the packaging with information and have instead settled for a simple but effective trio of the Enermax logo, product name and output wattage. The observant among us will also notice that the background to the front of the packaging features a huge 80PLUS Gold certification logo at a slant.
Moving round to the back of the box things are quite the opposite with a case of instant information overdose. Spec lists, rail distribution charts, efficiency/fan/noise graphs, connector charts and technology overviews are all tightly squeezed together in an disorderly fashion similar to that of an instruction leaflet provided with a set of DIY cupboards. Why Enermax didn't spread the information around each corner of the box I'm not sure.
Once inside we can see that Enermax has split the box into two compartments in order to keep the mains cable and other accessories separate from the power supply. The PSU is further protected by a thin cardboard sleeve and plastic bag that should ward off minor scratches and scuff marks to its paint during transport. OK so it's hardly the large custom molded styrofoam slabs used by some other manufacturers, but for Enermax to use this method on almost all of their PSU's as far back as I can remember, it must do a reasonable job of keeping the PSU safe.
The gold and black theme has been continued onto the PSU its self with a large 135mm gold fan contrasting against a gloss black powdercoated casing. The designers at Enermax must have really been in their element here as one of their "trademark" features has always been a hint of gold somewhere in their PSU's designs. Of course, the 'blinged-out' appearance probably won't suit everybody so it's worth remembering that with the PSU installed into a case, the chances are that you won't be able to see the fan anyway.
At the sides of the unit Enermax has printed the MODU87+ logo in a slightly less pretentious shade of gold that shouldn't clash too badly with the majority of custom PC colour schemes. The specification sticker has also been moved to the top of the unit to prevent spoiling the appearance of the parts most likely to be visible in a windowed PC case.
Call me easily pleased, but one feature that came as quite a welcome surprise for a PSU aimed at the consumer market is the inclusion of a power cable brace. This small piece of metal latches down over the power cord preventing it from accidentally being unplugged. Definitely invaluable in a server environment - and potentially useful at home too if you have all of your power cords trailing around under your desk.
Finally, at the back of the unit we get our first glimpse of the modular connector system and hard wired cables. But let's save the talk of that for the next page...