OCZ EvoStream 600w Modular PSU
Published: 30th October 2006 | Source: OCZ | Price: |Introduction
Back in 2005 OCZ released it's first attempt at a modular power supply into the market aptly named the ModStream. The unit proved to be very popular amongst enthusiasts as it combined a lot of the features found on the highly regarded PowerStream unit along with a cool UV modular cabling system.
Rated at 520w the ModStream had more than enough power for the high-end systems of 2005, and continued to provide enough grunt for most of the PC upgrades people performed in 2006.
However, the modular power supply has come a long way recently, with most manufacturers having ranges starting at 600w and going up to over 750w. OCZ have recognized this, and have stepped up their game by releasing the newly designed EvoStream unit rated at 600w that I'll be testing out today.
The first thing that struck me about the EvoStream was it's weight. Compared with some other ~600w units I've tested in the past, it felt significantly heavier. This is often a sign of a well built power supply, but we'll find out for sure when we take a peek inside later on in the review.
The front and left side of the packaging offers some basic information about the EvoStream along with some pictures of the unit in action. From the above we can see that the unit is multi-gpu ready, has a 3 year warranty and is equipped with UV reactive modular cabling.
During the review of the OCZ GameXStream, we actually put OCZ's support e-mail address to the test. Within 42 minutes of sending an e-mail complaining about a faulty unit, we received a reply from a real person giving us information on what else is should try before completing an RMA application. Impressive.
Placed on top of the unit is a separate box containing all of the EvoStream's cables along with a power cord and ATX screws.