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Postby Apoptosis » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:58 am

The Free After Rebate Ultra 500W Power Supply

Ever see products that are free after rebate and wonder how good they really are? We found the Ultra Products V Series 500W power supply and couldn't pass up the deal, so we bought and put it on the test bench. How will this FREE 500W power supply handle a dual-core system running some high end graphics cards? Read on to find out how it did on graphics cards like the 7900 GS, 7900 GTX and 8800 GTX!

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Article Title: The Free After Rebate Ultra 500W Power Supply
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Postby Dragon_Cooler » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:14 am

damn i missed it, i thought about it, but thats what i get for thinking bout it right!!!!
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Postby cyberneticimplant » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:40 am

Wow, very nice to see some videos.
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Postby HONkUS » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:40 am

wow! im impressed!

Still though it barely handling an 8800GTX is kinda a mute point considering I doubt anyone who can afford a GTX will be kicking around on a free 500w PSU.
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Postby dicecca112 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:43 am

HONkUS wrote:wow! im impressed!

Still though it barely handling an 8800GTX is kinda a mute point considering I doubt anyone who can afford a GTX will be kicking around on a free 500w PSU.


You'd be surprised. The one component that people skimp the most on is the PSU. People will spend 200+ on case but only willing to spend 50 on a PSU. To me that's ludicrous

I gotta say I'm rather surprised that the Ultra fared as well as it did
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Postby SAMSAMHA » Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:20 pm

hehehe, if it's good quality, it should work fine:). A lot of time, the free product maybe free because the company want to clear up the inventory and warehouse.
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Postby Apoptosis » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:11 pm

SAMSAMHA wrote:hehehe, if it's good quality, it should work fine:). A lot of time, the free product maybe free because the company want to clear up the inventory and warehouse.


I think they wanted to clear out the non-Active PFC power supplies since they can't sell them in Europe any longer.
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Postby ikjadoon » Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:08 pm

I paid $5 more after MIR for their 500W X-Finity, which works great...

I love their deals.

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Postby Gamble » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:09 pm

Looks like a sweet deal, unfortunately I already bought my OCZ GameXStream 850w for dual high-end graphics..... but that is awesome nonetheless!!
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Postby pcrobot » Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:31 am

I can't believe I missed that... I had my credit card out as soon as I was half-way through the article. :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby holden_m » Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:46 pm

Too bad we can't find a 1KW Power Supply for $10 now. Wouldn't that be fun
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Postby ziddey » Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:15 pm

It's definitely not a bad powersupply. I had to go through two units before getting a good one though. First one couldn't handle my system at all it seemed. Second one gave off a burning smell and also exhausted a lot of hot air. I have the back of my pc facing the door to my room and when I walked in on it at full load, I'd get a heat wave that I can feel all the way from the door.

I have a 7900gs voltmodded to 1.55v, and cpu at 1.45v running 8x450=3600 (c2d). If I ran it at 1.32v and 8x400=3200, there weren't any problems though. The third one seemed to be working great, but I got an enhance 500w 80plus psu and have the ultra as a spare one for now.
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Postby dicecca112 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:25 pm

RMA the Ultra. If its giving off a burning smell then something is wrong, and I wouldn't go anywere near any hardware with it. Good choice on the enhance though. They seem to be an up and coming manufacturer
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Agreed

Postby road » Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:53 pm

Agreed, love the review. Clear and concise and I'm guilty of watching the youtube multimeter action. :P

Hey what is the material that the mobo is resting on made from?
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Re: Agreed

Postby Apoptosis » Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:22 am

road wrote:Hey what is the material that the mobo is resting on made from?


Top secret.. If I told you I'd have to kill you :)
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Postby werty316 » Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:08 pm

Isn't it just styrofoam?

That is quite risky using a PSU that meets the bare minimum of a 8800GTX as you still have to account everything else connected to it.
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Postby Bio-Hazard » Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:03 pm

Ultra are a good PSU IMHO, I used to run the Ultra X-Connect for a long time before I got into water coolng and all those fans and pumps and the like. Never had a problem with them at all............ 8)
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Postby dicecca112 » Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:04 pm

I assume you mean Ultra.
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Postby Apoptosis » Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:48 pm

werty316 wrote:Isn't it just styrofoam?

That is quite risky using a PSU that meets the bare minimum of a 8800GTX as you still have to account everything else connected to it.


That is a misconception about power usage... the nvidia rating is for the total system and not just the GPU ;) If just the video card was pulling in 26/28 Amps that power supply would have been toast!
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Postby pitumbo » Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:44 pm

Wow, looks like I was a little late joining this website...that rebate would have been sweet.

I actually already have a spare, never been opened power supply sitting here. I thought I had a problem with my old PS but it turned out my rig was shorting out b/c it was in contact with my metal case. I am a computer genius :)
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