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When it comes to power supplies, you may or may not know the name Ultra. Ultra is known for selling affordable power supplies with a few extra design elements thrown in (power supply with a window and lighting anyone?). Having heard of them or not you are going to want to take note, they released a new series of power supplies that have been getting high marks from some of our friends. With us being backed up with work, we are just now getting to testing ours out. Here is what we found out.

Product Name: Ultra X4 500 and 850 watt Power Supply’s

Review Sample Provided by: Ultra

Review by: Wes

Pictures: Wes


Specifications

850 Watt

Form Factor:

ATX

Wattage:

850-Watt

Modular Cabling:

Yes

Special Features:

Modular

Energy Efficiency:

80 PLUS

Fan:

135 mm

Input Voltage:

115 ~ 230

+3.3V:

24 A

+5V:

30 A

+12V 1:

60 A

-12V:

0.5 A

+5VSB:

3 A

Motherboard Connector:

24-Pin

Motherboard Power Connector:

4 Pin MB

6-Pin PCI-Express Connector:

6

8-Pin PCI-Express Connector:

3

4-Pin Floppy Connector:

2

4-Pin Peripheral Connector:

9

SATA Power Connector:

11

Specifications

AC INPUT

115-230V or 60/50Hz

DC OUTPUT

+5V

+3.3V

+12V1

+12V2

+12V3

-12V

+5VSB

850W

Max
Combined
Watts

30A

24A

60A

-

-

0.5A

3A

850W

Connectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 pin

P8 MB

P4 MB

Peripheral

FDD

SATA

6-pin PCI-E

8-pin PCI-E

x 1

x 1

x 1

x 9

x 2

x 11

x 6

x 3

 

500 Watt

Form Factor:

ATX

Wattage:

500-Watt

Modular Cabling:

Yes

Special Features:

Modular

Energy Efficiency:

80 PLUS

Fan:

135 mm

Input Voltage:

115 ~ 230

+3.3V:

24 A

+5V:

24 A

+12V 1:

32 A

-12V:

0.5 A

+5VSB:

2 A

Motherboard Connector:

24-Pin

Motherboard Power Connector:

4 Pin MB and 8 Pin MB

6-Pin PCI-Express Connector:

2

8-Pin PCI-Express Connector:

1

4-Pin Floppy Connector:

2

4-Pin Peripheral Connector:

9

SATA Power Connector:

11

 

AC INPUT

115-230V or 60/50Hz

DC OUTPUT

+5V

+3.3V

+12V1

+12V2

+12V3

-12V

+5VSB

500W

Max
Combined
Watts

24A

24A

32A

-

-

0.5A

2A

500W

Connectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 pin

P8 MB

P4 MB

Peripheral

FDD

SATA

6-pin PCI-E

8-pin PCI-E

x 1

x 1

x 1

x 9

x 2

x 11

x 2

x 1

 

Packaging

When both the 500 watt and 850 watt power supplies came in I was shocked to see the side of the packaging. They both come in a box that is almost twice the size of other high-end power supply’s. The front of the packaging includes a picture of the power supply along with a full breakdown of how many connectors is comes with. On the back you will find a full specification listing along with pictures of the included cable carrying case, vibration dampener, and thumb screws. Inside the manual is right up top along with all of the included accessories (screws, thumbscrews, vibration dampener, and zip ties).  Diving father into the large box I found the power supply packed in almost two inches of padding to keep it well protected. All of the cables (including the power cable) were packed away in their carrying case to keep them organized and prevent you from losing any in the future.

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Our Test Rig

Intel i7 920 2.67Ghz

Gigabyte GA-EXS8-UD4P Motherboard

Corsair 620 Power supply

1GB x 3 Triple channel A-Data Ram

Western Digital Velociraptor

Sparkle X265 Video Card

Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case

Windows 7

 

Installation

Without going into the boring details of installing a power supply, a few things about the X4’s did stand out. The most notable is the full modular design. Every single cable down to the 24 pin is modular. What that means for you is that while installing any of the X4 power supplies you won’t have to worry about hiding unused cables like an extra 4 or 8 pin connector like on most modular power supplies. The other feature Ultra included that was interesting to see was the thumbscrews they included along with the screws you would normally expect. I was a little disappointed that the X4 didn’t have the thin easy to hide cables that you find on Corsair's power supplies, the first time I saw that type of cable was on an Ultra power supply. But even without them the X4 cables were easy to move around and not to thick, not to mention the black sleeving looks sharp. While digging around the cable bags I found a nice surprise included in both the 500 watt and 850 watt power supplies. Ultra included an adapter from one Molex too two fan connectors, not only will it help power a few fans, it also matches the other sleeving.

 

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Ultra X4 500 watt

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Performance

In order to test the performance of Ultra's power supplies I installed them into our i7 test rig and ran our normal power supply test. Our test consists of putting the power supply under load while running 3DMark Vantage and watching the 3.3v, 5v, and 12v rails to see how performs. Here are the results.

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As you can see both power supplies performed well enough. The 500 watt obviously took a little more of a hit while under load than the 850-watt. With our test rig being a respectable i7 rig the 500 watts is being pushed a little harder than the 850 watt.  The 850 sports a 80 Plus Silver rating with an 89.10% efficiency and the 500 watt variation comes in at 86.06% for an 80 Plus Bronze. Both ratings are very impressive and show that Ultra has used good quality parts to manufacture them.

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Ultra X4 850 Watt

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Overall

Ultra didn't include any of the fancy lighting or windows that I have seen in some of their past power supplies. Instead they focused on quality not flashy gimmicks. The modular design was great too work with.  However, my only complaint was the lack of the thin easy to route cables that Ultra has used on some of their past power supplies. That said, I had no trouble with either power supply during testing and with high marks from 80 plus test rating,  I'm sure you will be happy with their efficiency also. The large 135mm fan they packed into both power supplies also did a great job keeping things cool and quite. The price I am seeing the X4 online at this time is a little on the high side compared to its competitors although that could always change.

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Author Bio
garfi3ld
Author: garfi3ldWebsite: http://lanoc.org
Editor-in-chief
You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

 

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