It is not an uncommon thing to receive a hardware part that is DOA. With so many units being shipped all over the world, it’s impossible for every hardware vendor to be able to ensure that every product they sell will arrive at your door in perfect working order. Even companies that employ strong QA policies such as Gigabyte, who individually test each motherboard, will have at least a nominal amount of product returns.
The one thing that no company can guard against however, no matter what their QA program, is human error. Every now and then a unit will ship out to the consumer that is just so obviously wrong that you wonder how it was missed on the line. To exemplify my point, I present to you exhibit A, my newly purchased backward PSU from Antec.
See anything wrong there? Yeah, so the power cables are coming out the same side as the exhaust fan and the power plug in. Think that might present a problem trying to hook it up in your favourite case? Please note the factory warranty sticker still intact and factory sealed before you suggest that I tampered with the PSU. ;)
If we check out the backside, we see the PSU mounting holes letting us know that it is in fact the exhaust fan and power plug that are on the wrong side.
And now, here’s my favourite part. The unit was approved by no less than 5 different QA testers!
Now admittedly the QA staff were testing for things other than assembly, and to their credit the unit does work flawlessly, but I mean…come on….you would think that someone would notice there was something wrong with the construction of this unit!
Update: As it turns out, this design was done on purpose. It is intended to be used in 3U rackmount cases that require having the electrical outlet on the FRONT of the case, instead of the back. So while this lets Antec’s QA team off the hook, I think it can still be considered the “WTFPSU”! We’re still not sure how this ended up in Trevor’s order; I don’t think he wanted this type of power supply ;)