Seasonic M12 600w Modular PSU
Published: 8th November 2006 | Source: Seasonic | Price: |Connectors
The modular power supply is one of those inventions that has the PC enthusiast communities split down the middle. Some think that the modular design is a great design - keeping the inside of your PC tidy while also maximising airflow. Others believe that it is unreliable and can cause increased resistance where poor connectors are used. In the end it really comes down to the quality and type of connectors the manufacturer has adopted for the unit and how well they have implemented the design.
After further investigation, I managed to find the cause of the issue. The backplane had been designed to sit in front of a lip on the bottom of the power supply casing (as can be seen here), but somehow had managed to come loose. This may well be an isolated issue, but it would be good to see a more sturdy design implemented as the connectors are often subject to a fair amount of abuse.
As the use of floppy disk drives is now declining, the majority of us no longer require floppy style power connectors and would rather an extra Molex or SATA connector instead. Seasonic have realised this, and decided to make the usage of floppy disk power connectors optional by supplying them on a separate Molex-to-Floppy extension cable.
As many motherboards still make use of the P4-12v 4-Pin connector, Seasonic have chosen to include two separate cables for P4-12v (4-pin) and EPS12v (8-pin) standards.