Following the continual advancement of the personal computer, power supplies have been improving with their feature sets and power output. It is common practice for companies to offer different product ranges for different kinds of users but there are a few manufacturers who offer series large enough to cover the needs of every user, ranging from the common home user to the most hardcore of overclockers.
One such company is Ultra, whose latest X4 series consists of no less that 7 units with an output ranging from a meager 500W up to a mind blowing 1600W. The X4 series is the successor to the very successful X3 series which has been Ultra’s flagship range of products for several years. We reviewed the second most powerful unit of the series, the Ultra X4 1200w PSU a few weeks ago.
Today we bring you the review of the least powerful product of the series, the X4 500W unit. It is a product designed to offer the high quality and aesthetics of the X4 series to enthusiasts looking something a bit above the ordinary for their mainstream home and office computers. We will thoroughly examine its overall performance and see if it has the potential to compete as well as the more powerful units of the series in today’s very demanding technology market.
Manufacturer features and specifications
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Modular Design – Patented technology helps reduce clutter by using only the cables needed. This not only increases airflow within the case, but it gives the inside of the computer a clean and professional look that is easier to manage and service.
80 Plus Certified – The X4 line received the coveted 80 Plus Bronze certification meeting a stringent energy efficiency performance specification. This optimization ensures that that less energy is wasted by the computer and heat and noise generated by the PSU are minimized.
Power Protection – Short circuit protection, in-rush current protection, and thermal overload cutoff protection –all work in conjunction to protect systems from under voltage, surges and brown outs.
Simple Installation – All X4 PSUs include thumb screws, zip ties and Velcro straps to make the build process as streamlined as possible.
Lifetime Warranty – Register online or by sending in the included warranty card and receive a lifetime warranty.
Reduced Acoustics – Featuring a large 135mm dual bearing cooling fan, Ultra’s X4 power supplies offer reduced acoustics, increased airflow and longer life. Further, Ultra includes a silicone chassis bracket which significantly reduces vibration noises typically caused between the chassis and the fan.
Packaging and Bundle
Much like the more powerful model of the series, the Ultra X4 500W unit is supplied in a well-designed and relatively large cardboard box. You will find most information about the features and electrical specifications at the front and rear. Information concerning the bundled items and the number of connectors can also be found at the sides.
Inside the package everything is very well packed and protected, minimizing the chance of the product receiving any damage while in transport.
Inside the box you will find a basic manual, a rubber vibration dampener, some black cable ties, five standard mounting screws and four black thumbscrews. Ultra also supplies a plethora of cables, which come packed in a rectangular pouch. Once again these aren’t the Flexforce cables which Ultra used with the X3 series, the cables are standard black sleeved cables with black connectors. It is interesting to note that each of the cables is tied with a high quality cable strap, which means that you will also get 14 of those with this PSU.
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