NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU

Cables & Connectors

Cables & Connectors

When you've got a PSU with 1000w on tap, you certainly don't want to be short changed when it comes to the number of available connectors. After all, what's the point in having all that power if you're not able plug in enough devices to take advantage of it. We already know that the Giant Reactor has 4xPCI-E connectors for SLI and Quad-SLI, but what else does it have to offer...

NorthQ Giant Reactor Cables NorthQ Giant Reactor Cables

With a total of 8 SATA, 8 Molex and 4 PCI-E connectors stemming off of 4 cables, the Giant Reactor does seem to be lacking slightly when compared with most other 1kw power supplies on the market. Granted this number of connectors should be more than enough for the average user, but with power supplies like the Enermax Galaxy providing up to 24 Molex/SATA connectors I couldn't help but feel slightly underwhelmed.

All cables on the Giant Reactor are sleeved in black mesh up to the first connector with the ends finished off with black shrink wrap. Quite a few manufacturers are adopting the 'easy-grip' style molex plugs on their power supplies for easy removal from devices, however this feature was unfortunately not present on the Giant Reactor.

NorthQ Giant Reactor PCI-E NorthQ Giant Reactor ATX Cables

Rather than going for four individual PCI-E cables, NorthQ have decided to keep slightly more tidy by 'piggy-backing' the four connectors off of two main cables. This method has been adopted by several other PSU manufacturers recently and has little effect on performance.

The ATX connector on the Giant Reactor is native 24-pin. However, as you can see above, a small block of 4 connectors can be broken off to switch the connector to the older 20-pin standard. This is also true for the 8-Pin EPS12v connector which can be split in half, providing the user with a 4-Pin P4-12v connector.

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Most Recent Comments

22-02-2007, 09:27:15

JN
"1000w is a lot of power to squeeze into a standard ATX PSU casing, but somehow NorthQ - a relatively unheard of company, claim to have managed it. Today we take a look at their "Giant Reactor" PSU to see if it can deliver the goods."

Linky

22-02-2007, 09:34:23

FarFarAway
Ouch

Bit out of order rating an 850w as a 1kw

22-02-2007, 09:35:35

techmob
sneaky

do we really need that much power tho

i am chugging along with 580w

24-02-2007, 04:03:56

PV5150
Ripped 'em a new one But, it really is pretty poor form...Admittedly it's cheaper than other 1000 watters out there, but c'mon. Imagine how saggy the volts would be if you could get 1000W out of it.

24-02-2007, 07:23:56

Toxcity
No one will ver buy from them now!

Very nice review but what the hell where they thinking?

24-02-2007, 08:07:41

Rastalovich
It`s a re-badge, I think that`s what it comes down to. As opposed to the regular `user` rating it @ an optimum 850w, they`ve chosen to label it as a "meh, we got 1kw out of it in the labs, 1kw will do".

I`d rate it as 0W tho coz u were lucky to have a spare kettle lead.

24-02-2007, 08:29:15

FragTek
Very shady this company is... I don't mind them rebadging, that's just good marketing really as it is a good PSU, just not as what it's advertised to be. The problem here is that they've stuck it with a higher price tag with the claim of it being a 1kw supply which makes the other 800+w supplies a better choice for the money.

Good review XMS, always nice to uncover the truth
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