OCZ Z-Series Z1000M 1000W ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
Gold and Black are the two primary colours on the front and rear of the Z1000M's outer packaging. And why not. When you achieve something as respectable as 80PLUS Gold certification on your new PSU range you certainly want it to be known. Of course it does also have the added advantage of standing out more than a Big Mac at a Slim Fast event when placed on retailers shelves.
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000w Box Front OCZ Z-Series 1000w Box Back
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000w Box Top OCZ Z-Series 1000w Box Bottom
 
While the front of the box is fairly void of any specifications other than the output rating and a few certification stickers, every other side of the box has a story to tell. Starting at the back of the box we get a breakdown of all the main specifications along with a thumbnail sized image of the PSU. This is repeated once again in abbreviated form on the bottom of the box along with a slightly larger image of the unit. At the top of the box is the "True to our roots..." speech seen back on page #1 along with the rail layout chart.
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000w Box Open OCZ Z-Series 1000W Contents
 
Inside the box we can see the Z1000M encapsulated between two moulded styrofoam slabs. This, combined with the drawstring fabric bag that the PSU is placed inside should ensure that the PSU arrives at your door in the same condition that it left the factory. Also included in the package is a nylon bag that holds all of the modular cables, four silver thumbscrews, a pack of velcro cable ties and of course a manual and mains power cord. 
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000W Side View OCZ Z-Series 1000w Specs Side
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000w Top OCZ Z-Series 1000w Brushed Alu
 
Removing the Z-Series from its drawstring bag brings on instant salivation (for me at least). OCZ has decided against the usual powdercoated finish and has instead gone for a gunmetal coloured brushed aluminium. This simply oozes quality and would be right at home inside a case such as the Osiris Gunmetal or indeed any brushed aluminium chassis. The appearance of the unit is further improved by the gold and black Z-Series label that spans the length of one side. Unfortunately the other stickers (Hi-Pot Tested / ROHS...etc) and bland specification sticker on the other side do spoil the look a bit, and would have probably been better placed on top of the PSU. But then maybe I'm far to fussy ;)
 
OCZ Z-Series 1000w Bottom OCZ Z-Series 1000W Modular Area
 
As promised in the specifications we get a 135mm fan that consumes pretty much the entire under-side of the unit. This should keep 'dead spots' inside the unit to a minimum ensuring that all components receive adequate cooling. The wire fan grill has also been finished in a similar gun metal colour to the rest of the unit, finishing the appearance off nicely.
 
At the front of the unit are a total of six modular connectors inset into the PSU's casing. As you may have already guessed the four orange ones are explicitly for use with the PCI-E modular cables, while the remaining four black connectors are for use with the SATA/Molex cables.
 
Now that we've established OCZ's latest PSU gets the juices flowing in the appearance department, let's take a closer look at the cables and internal layout over on the next page...
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10-09-2009, 08:46:43

JN
"Today we take an exclusive first look at OCZ's 80PLUS Gold certified Z-Series Modular PSU. Can it hold its own in the OC3D labs? Read on to find out..."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...152531248s.jpg

OCZ Z-Series Z1000M 1000W ATX PSU

10-09-2009, 09:14:23

monkey7
You forgot the delta in the deltaTemp column header of the results table

why do I even see that O.o

Aside from that, great unit for high end rigs. Bring on the next gen graphics cards

10-09-2009, 09:15:29

Freak
I was taken back by the amount of amps that were on the 12 volt rail.

10-09-2009, 09:25:02

VonBlade
Impressive bit of kit. So many good products being released lately that we're almost starting to need a "OC3D top three recommendations" for catergories

Btw, did I miss the noise results? 100+cfm @ 30db sounds too good to be true.

Like the aluminium finish, just wish manu's would stop slapping big-ass stickers on them. We know what it can do, we've already brought it. Yeesh.

10-09-2009, 09:28:40

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
You forgot the delta in the deltaTemp column header of the results table

why do I even see that O.o

Aside from that, great unit for high end rigs. Bring on the next gen graphics cards
Good spot. The stupid wysiwyg editor keeps stripping those out randomly

Quote:
Originally Posted by freak

I was taken back by the amount of amps that were on the 12 volt rail.
Yeah even I was pretty impressed by how much that unit was pumping out, especially for its size.

10-09-2009, 09:35:17

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Impressive bit of kit. So many good products being released lately that we're almost starting to need a "OC3D top three recommendations" for catergories

Btw, did I miss the noise results? 100+cfm @ 30db sounds too good to be true.

Like the aluminium finish, just wish manu's would stop slapping big-ass stickers on them. We know what it can do, we've already brought it. Yeesh.
I dont really like to make any official noise comments on PSU's these days, but in the new 'Performance Overview' chart there is a 'Noise' section which I rate at either Low, Med or High based on how noisy it sounds at full load with my ear pressed against it.

The Z1000M certainly sounded low - in fact it hardly seemed to increase the fan speed (or at least the noise associated with a fan speed increase) through any of the loads.

I'm looking into a fan bypass switch for the load testers so I can briefly turn the fans off for long enough to hear the PSU. Thing is, even the bloody oscilloscope has a fan in it, so its never going to be a perfect analysis.

10-09-2009, 09:43:10

VonBlade
Thanks Jim. I know noise is stupidly subjective (I've got a 19db fan that sounds like a hurricane) but PSUs can be a source of noise it's impossible to rectify, unlike other cooling, so it's an important part in my decisions (which is still a HX series one).

Just a reasonable "loud, not so loud, is it on?" is absolutely fine, so thanks

I must have missed it in the performance chart. Overwhelming information lol.

10-09-2009, 10:32:05

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'

I must have missed it in the performance chart. Overwhelming information lol.
Yeah if you're just looking for the low-down then the new overview charts is probably the way to go. It shows the percentage of voltage fluctuation from idle to full load (highlighting those PSU manufacturers that set their idle voltages really high to compensate for the amount of droop at load), Average efficiency and noise.

I'm also putting together a top 10 chart at the moment which will be sorted in order of performance for all PSU' I've tested in the last year or so.

10-09-2009, 14:20:52

monkey7
What if you make a fan connection like used in psu's with a 5-12v pot and connect the fans to it? You're already ripping open the psu anyway.

Sure it would not be completely accurate and still be subjective, but together with your while-testing super subjective measurements it should be a little more precise.
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