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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [04.06.05]
Manufactured by: Clever Power, Enermax, Silverstone, Skyhawk, Ultra Products

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The rails

I found it really interesting that Enermax decided to support the ATX 12v 1.3 standard, but not the EPS12V (for dual CPU systems) standard. It would have been really interesting to see how this power supply faired with a dual opteron system, but that will have to be saved for other EPS12V models from Enermax. For those on with motherboards on based on the older ATX standard, Enermax includes an adapter that will reduce the pin count by four.

I mentioned earlier that new video cards were resulting in changes in power supply features and this Enermax is no exception. As you can see, it has a 6pin PCIe connector for all your video card needs. In the background, you see the 4-pin connector needed for almost every single-CPU motherboard on the market today.

Moving on to the drive rails, I was both happy and impressed with the way that Enermax did their SATA drive rails. Why? Because they are low profile and are guaranteed to fit in cases with hard drives that load via the side (think, the Sonata, the TJ-05, etc). Very useful! You can't quite make it out in this picture, but each rail (for lack of a better word) has two SATA power connectors on it.

Finally, we can see the standard selection of 4-pin molex connectors for your IDE drives, floppy drives and anything else you can think of. It's a little hard to make it out in this picture (and I do apologize), but there are 3 rails: 2 of them have two 4-pin molexes and a floppy connector with the remaining rail having three 4-pin molex connectors. For most users, this is more than enough.

Moving on to the Clever Power...

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