Strong Showing: High-Performance Power Supply Units

Cables And Connectors

The ATX connector is 24-pin and cannot be unplugged; the included adapter allows connection to older motherboards. A six-pin connector for PCIe graphics cards is included along with the P4 connector. SATA connectors are found in sufficient number, there being four distributed between two strands. Seven 5.25" connectors and two floppy connectors are likewise found along two cables, although a third strand would have made things tidier.

For the latest components: 24-pin ATX connector and six-pin PCIe connector. An adapter has to be used for older motherboards.


At half load and low load, the NorthQ power supply had no problem keeping voltage within specifications. Things looked a bit different though at high load, where it shut down just short of the maximum: it cannot deliver the 400 watts promised.

All key data is there, though it could be arranged in a more organized fashion.

With an efficiency of 75% at normal and 69% at low load, the device is in the middle of our test pack. Its power consumption of 6 and 23 W at low and high load respectively is too high; there are other devices here with better figures.

The $95 price tag is too high for the performance offered.