- Category: Power Supplys
- Published: Friday, 05 December 2008 05:01
- Written by garfi3ld
We have seen In Win both on here and at our lanpartys. We have seen that they produce interesting and different PC cases. Apparently, they have decided to branch out into the power supply market. Considering their involvement in the gaming community, I am excited to see what they can do in the power supply market. In Win provided us with their Commander 850 Watt power supply. We are going to install the power supply into our HTPC build to see how well the modular cable setup performs in a tight fit.
Review Sample Provided by: In Win
Review by: Wes Compton Aka Garfi3ld
Pictures by: Wes Compton Aka Garfi3ld
|Type:||ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91 Version|
|PFC:||Full Range Active PFC|
|Fan:||Silent 14cm Two Ball Bearing Fan|
|Full Protection:||OVP - OCP - OPP - UVP - SCP|
|Dimension (WxLxH):||150 x 160 x 86 mm|
|Safety:||BSMI / CB / CCC / CE / FCC / TUV / UL|
|AC Input:||100-240Vac, 47HZ~63Hz, 10A/5A|
|Max Output Current:|
|*Total Power on +3.3V & +5V is 180W MAX.|
In Win packed their new line of Power Supply's into a camouflage box. The back of the box has a list of Features and Specifications. Inside the box, they have included a manual that matches the box with camouflage. The power supply itself comes wrapped in bubble wrap; this is a little less protection than we normally see power supplies packaged in. In Win also included a white bag to store the power supply if needed. They also included a black pouch to store extra cabling. If you have read any of my past reviews, you will know how much it aggravates me when companies do not include a way to store extra cables with modular power supplies.
Installation The installation of the Commander 850 Watt power supply went smoothly. I found it interesting that all of the plugs for the cables had nice caps on them, a small feature that shows the level of detail they put into the power supply. The cables were not perfect, they plugged in with a little difficulty. The sleeving was nice; we don't need ugly exposed wires all over. The only major issue I ran into is the lack of any extra cables. It would be nice to see a few shorter cables for use in situations where you don't need 3 plugs. I ran into issues where I needed power to sata drives on each ends of case, the one closest to the power supply didn't need a very long power cable.
In order to test out the Commando 850 I got out our trusty multimeter. I went through and tested voltage on each circuit and noted each reading. Next, I needed to put the computer under load. To do that I started up Prime95 running on all four cores, popped in a DVD and left it playing, and started up a game of Left 4 Dead, between everything the computer was kicking. While under load, I ran back through my test and noted my results. In the end the 3.3 and 5v circuits where almost perfect idle and under load. The 12-volt circuit was a little under 12volts even at idle and only dropped .01 of a volt when under load. What it all means is that the power supply puts out good power even under load.
So we installed the In Win Commando 850 watt into our HTPC and ran it though a few tests. The power supply performed well in our testing showing almost no drop under load. The installation went smoothly even though I would like to see a few spare shorter cables included to help with some installations. What really impressed me was the level of detail that In Win showed. The packaging and instructions both matched the army theme that they used on the power supply. They included a bad to store the power supply and a pouch to store extra cables. You can tell they are concerned with the quality and details and that gives me confidence in the product. I wish some of the more prevalent manufactures would put half the effort than In Win has in their Commando Series or power supplys.