NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU



One of the most impressive features of the NorthQ Giant Reactor has to be its ability to pack 1000w in a standard sized ATX casing. This is great news for those of us with limited space inside our cases, but still want to upgrade to the latest graphics cards.

NorthQ have decided to keep things plain and simple in the looks department, opting for a matt black painted finish. It would have been nice to see some originality from NorthQ, especially as this is marketed as a 'Gamer PSU' and the "Giant Reactor" name conjurs up images of glowing green radioactive sludge, but I can see NorthQ's reasoning behind "playing it safe".

NorthQ Giant Reactor Bottom NorthQ Giant Reactor Back

NorthQ have made full use of the underside of the PSU by fitting it with 135mm fan complete with a radioactive logo sticker. Many manufacturers are opting for 135mm fans recently as these offer a slightly better noise-airflow ratio and have the added advantage of providing edge-to-edge cooling of the PSU internals.

The back of the unit is vented with a honeycomb mesh grill complete with an LED status indicator that changes from red to green when the PSU is powered on. You may also notice that there is no 110/240v switch present. This is because the Giant Reactor, like many other modern PSU's is able to auto-detect the input voltage.

NorthQ Giant Reactor side NorthQ Giant Reactor Front

The front of the Giant Reactor is fairly uninteresting with a small grill stretching the length of the unit. At the side of the unit NorthQ have placed a specification sticker, showing the PSU's output across all of its rails along with the usual warnings about not opening the PSU cover.

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Most Recent Comments

22-02-2007, 09:34:23


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

22-02-2007, 09:35:35


do we really need that much power tho

i am chugging along with 580wQuote

24-02-2007, 04:03:56

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. Quote

24-02-2007, 07:23:56

No one will ver buy from them now!

Very nice review but what the hell where they thinking?Quote

24-02-2007, 08:07:41

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.Quote

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