Vantec have a long established line
of products designed especially for the enthusiast, with
multi-coloured fans, component cooling devices and UV
reactive components, along with low noise power supplies.
The two products I am reviewing today
are the Blue UV Reactive EZ-Grip Molex Connector pack
and the Black Nylex Cable Sleeving Kit. Both products
come ready to be displayed in shops, with bright colours
and information about the products.
The rear of the packaging for the cable sleeving kit
has a small introduction that sums up the installation
process, and provides comparison before and after pics
to prove to the budding modder that cable sleeving is
really required, and the packaging of the Molex kit provides
a small description and instructions on disconnecting
the packaged Molex cables from their male counterpart.
In The Packaging
The EZ-Grip Molex Connector Kit comes
• 10 Blue UV reactive female Molex plugs
• Female Molex de-pinning tool
• Instructions on how to replace existing Molex
The Cable Sleeving Kit consists of:
• 10ft of 1/8” Diameter Sleeving
• 10ft of 1/4” Diameter Sleeving
• 5ft of 3/8” Diameter Sleeving
• 5ft of 1/2” Diameter Sleeving
• 1ft of 9mm Heatshrink
• 1ft of 20mm Heatshrink
• 6” of 25mm Heatshrink
• 10 x Cable Ties
Well according to the brief instructions provided on the
back of the cable sleeving kit’s packaging, installation
goes as follows:
• Remove connectors
• Sleeve cables
• Secure sleeving
• Replace sleeving
The first cable I tested this method on was a fan power
However, a little more explanation of
the installation process is really required. I recommend
sleeving a PSU while it is removed from the case.
First remove the Molex/FDD/SATApower
plugs. Removing the Molex connectors were easy using the
de-pinning tool bundled with the EZ-Grip connectors kit,
slide it on, hold the other end of the plug and push down,
but the FDD and SATA power connectors were slightly different.
Using a 0.9mm precision screwdriver, I pushed down the
tabs keeping the FDD power pins in the socket, which allowed
me to pull the pins out easily. With the SATA connector
I used the same screwdriver to lift up the retainer of
the plug allowing me to remove the cable and pin undamaged.
I then used the screwdriver to lift the tabs on the FDD
pins back to their original position.
Note: The method listed above may cause damage to either
the pins or the socket of the power connector, do so with
caution and at your own peril.
After removing the connector on the end
of the cable, it’s time to add the sleeving. Vantec
recommend that you cut a length a couple of centimetres
longer than is required, possibly as the sleeving may
contract slightly as it’s widened as the cables
I can guarantee you that this process
is by far the longest of the whole mod. Of the 5-6 hours
I spent completing the sleeving of my PSU cables and fan
cables, I would estimate that 80% of the time was spent
trying to get the cables through the sleeving.
I found the easiest way to pass the cables
through with out them snagging was to lower the tab that
hold the pins within the connector, however as mentioned
above this could possibly damage the pin. The SATA pins
were a slightly different matter.
As you can see from the image, each
SATA pin actually has three smaller connectors at the
end of the pin, and these became snagged regularly while
sleeving the cables. I recommend taking extreme caution
while sleeving SATA cables.
The next step is to secure the sleeving
to the cables. Vantec provide both heatshrink and cable
ties to do this, however they do mention that electrical
tape can be used. As I did not have electrical tape available,
I used the provided heatshrink and saved the cable ties
To use heatshrink, cut a length that
will cover a decent section of the end of the sleeving,
as well as roughly the same length of exposed cable, and
slide it on. Once in position, using a cigarette lighter,
hold the heatshrink a few centimetres above the flame
and rotate it until the heatshrink has fully shrunken.
Note: As with any open flame and heat
source, be careful, I managed to burn my fingers several
times during the process.
The final step is to re-pin the connectors
removed (or in this case replaced). If you flattened any
tabs prior to sleeving, return them back to their original
orientation, and then slide them back into the appropriate
slots on the connector. They should click in place. After
testing that the pins are secure, your cable is ready.
Once you’ve finished all the cables
you want to sleeve, you have a nice looking, simple mod
that also helps airflow in your system (provided you have
decent cable management).
Here is what my system looked like before
the mod, and after.
Apart from all the wiring around the soundcards, it’s
a great improvement in my opinion
At roughly AU$17 for the EX-Grip Molex Connector Kit
and $20 for the Cable Sleeving Kit, these products are
pretty cheap, and if you have the time and patience needed
to sleeve your PSU cables, it is money well spent.
Although the whole process can take quite some time,
the end result is quite rewarding, there’s nothing
like seeing hard work paying off, and this simple mod
allows for more effective cable management, which overall
helps with airflow, and keeping temperatures down for
those high performance parts in your computer.
Not to mention with a case window showing off the insides
of your pride and joy, having your cables nicely sleeved
and tucked away increases the overall appearance of your
The Molex plugs are far easier to remove from devices
than the standard, with the provided grips, makes them
far more pleasurable to use for those who are constantly
swapping out hardware. With a UV cold-cathode you’ll
also get a nice shine as well.
I recommend these products to anyone who wishes to improve
the look of their case, and has the time and patience
to go through the ordeal.
Cable Sleeving Kit
EX-Grip Molex Connector
|• Very rewarding
• Comes with almost everything needed
• Greatly improves appearance
• Greatly improves cable management
• Easy to install
• Glow with UV light
|• Extremely time consuming
• Possibility of damaging pins