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Rosewill Quark 1000 Power Supply Review

Today we take a look at Rosewill's Quark 1000. In addition to 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency and fully modular cabling, this $200 unit can support multiple GPUs.

Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling

Packaging

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On the face of the box we find a nice depiction of the quark, an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter, according to Wikipedia. On the front right-bottom corner, we find two badges depicting 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency and the Quark 1000's five-year warranty. On the back of the box, Rosewill provides a brief features list, along with the power specifications table and a graphical list describing the available connectors.

Contents

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Packing foam protects the PSU inside the box, ensuring that it will reach customers in pristine condition. The bundle includes a pouch for storing the unused modular cables, the user's manual, some zip ties, an AC power cord and the necessary modular cables.

Exterior

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The PSU has a high-quality matte finish. Instead of the classic honeycomb exhaust on the front, the punched fan grill offers a unique look. The large on/off switch is installed below the AC receptacle (with the fan facing upward), while the power specifications label is on the bottom of the PSU.

Around back, we find a fully modular panel and a series of LED indicators, which depict the proper (and improper) operation of all rails. Normally these should be all green; if they're not, something is wrong. The only thing users should keep in mind is that in order to see the LED indicators, a windowed case is required. And even with a windowed case, if the PSU is installed at the bottom with its fan facing down, the LEDs will not be easy to see. Indicators are mostly useful when you use a PSU outside of its case or on a bench table. We're willing to bet that won't be how most folks use this unit, since usually more powerful PSUs are typically found on bench tables. 

Cabling

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Rosewill was rather conservative in its choice of cables, since they're neither flat nor stealth. Since this unit is competing in the high-end 1kW PSU category, the company should have offered better cables. Overall, cable sleeving is decent; however, the main ATX cable is rather short, leaving a significant part of the wiring exposed.