OCZ ModXstream Pro 500w

Packaging & First Impressions

Packaging and First Impressions

Some PSU's come in incredibly elaborate packaging, such as the Tagan Turbojet 1100w, which came in a suitcase. OCZ however, have chosen to keep things simple and go with an ordinary box. This not only keeps manufacturing costs down, but shipping as well.

OCZ ModXStream 500w Packaging OCZ ModXstream 500w

As you can see the packaging uses a uniform layout front and back; a swooping black area around the edges with the headline features, whilst a red section has all the smaller details. There is a picture of the front and back of the PSU on either side, and a small carry handle on the top of the box.

OCZ ModXstream 500w


Inside the box we have: the PSU, bag of modular cables and the user manual. In with the modular cables is a set of screws for installation and a UK mains power lead. The PSU is close to gun metal grey in colour, and the paint looks nicely done. The big fan grill dominates the top of the PSU, and big fans mean less noise in most cases. So far so good..
 
OCZ ModXstream 500w Fan OCZ ModXstream Side

The fan grill features the OCZ logo at its centre, and looks fairly unrestrictive airflow-wise, whilst also stopping fingers and other objects from entering the insides of the PSU. The side of the PSU has the ModXstream label, along with various other labels for certifications.
 
OCZ ModXstream Modular ports OCZ ModXstream Modular Ports

Round the back we have the modular connectors. These are similar to those used on other products and use the tried and tested PCI-e style layout. The modular leads clip in, with a little latch on top securing them in place. Modular leads not only reduce cable clutter making your case look nicer, but can also improve airflow, lowering overall system temperatures.
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Most Recent Comments

27-01-2009, 11:26:31

soapsupah
first, thanks for the review Jim, and now, coments: it looks pretty good for a 500w psu, the temps of it aren't bad, it does it job well, its silent, and isnt expensive at all, maybe this is another one for me to chose? im still having trouble at choosing 500w modular psu's. i think i still have the corsair as my top.

Anyways, great review man

Soap.Quote

27-01-2009, 11:28:35

monkey7
Nice review It's certainly interesting to see another of the OCZ lower budget series, the StealthXstream were already very interesting.

I don't think it can compete with the cooler master m520 when it's about price though. The ModXstream retails for €65.- in the Netherlands while me m520 is about €7-8 cheaper. May not sound like a lot but most of the time these psu's are used in low budget builds where every penny counts.

I think it would be a good idea to make three PSU roundups. For low (400w-), mid (400-700w) and high (700w+) units. That way it's easy to compare the reviewed supplies

To be continued, have to eat now Quote

27-01-2009, 11:30:01

Kerotan
This looks really decent, been toying with the idea of going modular when I upgrade my backup rig at easter, and the price had put me off but £50 is a small price to pay for something that performs well and could replace my Corsair in the event of an emergency. Good review, with a nice decisive conclusion Quote

27-01-2009, 11:35:13

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='soapsupah'
first, thanks for the review Jim, and now, coments: it looks pretty good for a 500w psu, the temps of it aren't bad, it does it job well, its silent, and isnt expensive at all, maybe this is another one for me to chose? im still having trouble at choosing 500w modular psu's. i think i still have the corsair as my top.

Anyways, great review man

Soap.
It is a very nice PSU, it feels very solid and the sleeving is nice. You certainly wont be dissapointed if you buy one!Quote

27-01-2009, 12:07:05

monkey7
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
I think it would be a good idea to make three PSU roundups. For low (400w-), mid (400-700w) and high (700w+) units. That way it's easy to compare the reviewed supplies

To be continued, have to eat now
These roundups do not neccessarily have to be a seperately written article but could also be a summary of all reviews maybe in the form of a table.

Once again, nice review and good so see some midrange products Quote
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