It used to be the case that buying a power supply unit
(PSU) was a simple process, however in recent times things
have become a little more complex. In the past year if
you are a performance user you may well have had to change
power supply to accommodate Sata, PCIE (even x2), 24pin,
and maybe even now BTX…unless you have a modular
PSU (from a company which released updated cabling) this
could be quite a traumatic experience.
There is of course another option which makes your life
much less stressful .. for a manufacturer to cover all
aspects of possible power requirements. One of those very
units we have in for review today…the Enermax
535w All In One.
Something occurred to me when writing
this review, of all the components that you can buy for
your rig, the power supply makers (well the decent ones)
seem to be one of the few that actually give you everything
you need to know about your product on the packaging.
How many times have you been out component shopping and
you can’t get an answer on some of the particular
features of a product. It even happens to the more technically
aware amongst us as I found just a few weeks ago when
purchasing a motherboard, I had to call someone to get
them to check some specifications online because the boxes
just didn’t give me enough detailed information.
Thankfully Enermax tell you what you
need to know and their box gives you all the information
on the back. Not only do you get the PR fluff about what
technologies are used you also get the information on
the connectors included such as PCIe and Sata. This combined
with the front of the box leaves you in no doubt over
what is included, there are in fact 2 PCIe connectors.
Ideal for SLI (or soon Crossfire) users out there.
There is also a note of the rear of the
box which specifies that the unit has a three year warranty.
Whilst a longer warranty would be ideal the chances are
that within 3 years you would want to move to the latest
and greatest new unit anyway. Here is the full list of
features from the rear of the packaging.
Inside the box we were quite surprised
with what we found. Most of the time you open a PSU box
and there it is… PSU, cables and plug…which
is fine. With this package what you find is a funky bag
and a pass holder with Enermax branding. Not really
a requirement but hey it's a bonus, so we arent complaining.
Also in the box we find the manual and
an amendment to it. The reason for this is that the PSU
unit currently being shipped by Enermax is an updated
model, so the manual has some out of date information.
The notification gives you full details of the new features.
Finally included in the box are the additional
cables/screws/converter for converting your PSU back to
older standards…and an Enermax sticker.
One small issue we had with the Enermax
All In One was the protection of the unit. I have to say
that the unit was the least well protected of all the
PSU’s I’ve received over the years. In fact
the first one I’ve received which is not surrounded
by protective foam or suspended in cardboard. Of course
the inner packaging of the white box shown below does
offer some protection as does the free bag in a round
about way. The unit also sits tightly in the box meaning
it can’t move about however I would hate to think
what would happen if a courier or postman dropped the
box from any sort of height.