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Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008, Part 4

Cooler Master UCP 1100 W PSU

http://www.coolermaster.com/
$350
By: Chris Angelini

We already know from stories like Patrick’s piece Efficiency: Core 2 Nukes Atom on the Desktop that buying the right power supply is critical—not only to make sure your system has enough available power output, but also that it doesn’t have too much, hurting efficiency. As a result of stories like that one, you’d think high-output units would look less attractive in the eyes of discerning enthusiasts. However, what about when you truly need a high-end power supply? We’ve been using Cooler Master’s UCP 1100 W in the lab for a couple of months now and have had great luck with it driving some of the most demanding configurations we’ve put together, regardless of how many CPUs, GPUs, or hard drives they’ve had.

You really get a sense of the systems this power supply is designed to support just by looking at its vast array of connectors. A single 24-pin ATX cable is standard, but the two 2x2 +12V auxiliary plugs are a clear indication of dual-processor support. And the three eight-pin PCI Express 2.0 power connectors, each with its own six-pin auxiliary connector for graphics card compatibility, accommodate as many as three flagship graphics cards. That’s enough connectivity for three GeForce GTX 280s or a pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2s. Armed with nine SATA plugs as well, Cooler Master’s beefiest PSU is the foundation for either a potent gaming machine or a massive video editing workstation.

Of course, the UCP has ample output able to back that array of connectors. Its rated capacity is 1,100 W, but peaks at up to 1,320 W. The supply boasts remarkable efficiency ratings to help make the best use of power coming from the wall, even when you’re not running your system at load. An 80 Plus Silver certification represents 88% efficiency at 50% load and 85% at 20% and 100% loads. So, you get tons of connectivity, oodles of output, and efficient operation, even when you’re idling around the Windows desktop.

  • snotling
    The model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.
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  • snotling
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.I did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.
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  • wicko
    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous :p
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  • blackened144
    I personally like the brunette for the articles.. Something about her reminds me of Christmas.. The blonde, not so much..
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  • LSoares1
    Wait, Did I miss something? What happened to part 2 and 3 of the 2008 Holiday Guide? All I see is part 1 and now this one....
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  • LSoares1
    nevermind - I see the links in this article, but I didn't notice them on the Guide section.
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  • antiacid
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.Were you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.
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  • WINTERLORD
    Of course, you’ll void your warranty in the process,

    does anyone know if intel really can tell if your CPU has been just mildly overclocked? with no burn marks ect. i wonder about that cause id love to overclock it's fun to tinker with, but could not afford getting a bum chip, and it not be under warranty.
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  • Nice to see the update about the Seagate fix, finally.
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  • WINTERLORD
    That "the Gigabyte’s board with 2 graphics slots" is a sweet looking motherboard. and for anyone who just needs one graphics card slot i bet this be an alswome rig as well. a deffinit choice if i upgrade to the core 2 quad route. prolly go nehalem core i7 though
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