Nexus NX5000 R3 530W PSU
Posted by: Mac on: 15.12.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Opening the box we get our first look at the NX-5000 R3. As you can see its reasonably well protected by a healthy wrapping of bubble wrap and a piece of foam type packing material. I have seen better but it seems adequate.
Removing the NX-5000 R3 from its packaging and we get our first proper look at it, it maybe my imagination but it looks a little smaller than normal ATX power supplies? The white detailing on the cables braiding may not be to everyone’s liking but I like it, I think it gives it a little something extra, plain black can be a little “boring”. The fan is 120mm and pretty much fills the bottom of the unit, being 120mm it should shift a reasonable amount of air and be fairly quiet, well the specs suggest it is VERY quiet.
Looking around the unit there isn’t an awful lot to look at save for the power rail information on one side, which is par for the course.
Moving around to the rear of the of the NX-5000 R3 and we see it has the now familiar, and indeed expected, honeycomb mesh which basically allows the whole of the insides to be ventilated by the airflow generated by the fan.
The rest of the unit is just painted matt black so ill move onto the cabling.
The cabling, as already mentioned, has a black braid with a white cross hatching on it which goes right from the power supply to the final connector, which is very nice to see, part braided cables smacks of laziness to me on behalf of the manufacturer.
First up is the main motherboard connector, this is a 20+4 configuration which means it should fit all current motherboards, and older ones. The +4 is clearly labelled so you can’t mistake it for the 4 pin ATX power connector.
Talking of ATX power connectors there are two fitted to the NX-5000 R3, a 4+4 and a single 4 way. This may seem a strange set up but some motherboards have multiple ATX power connections, usually servers for example with multiple CPU’s.
Moving on and we have the PCI Express power cables, again there are 2 of these, a 6+2 way and a standard 6 way, so you can run a single powerful card or 2 less powerful cards, seeing as the NX-5000 R3 is “only” rated at 530 watts this is perfectly acceptable. The 8 way cable is clearly labelled as a PCI Express power cable to avoid any possible confusion with the 8 way ATX power cable.
Onto the drive power cables, these seem to be a reasonable length at just shy of a metre long with the connectors spaced at sensible intervals.
There are 2 power cables for devices powered by Molex connections, each cable has 3 Molex power connections on with a floppy drive style power connection on the end, the cable is, as mentioned earlier, braided right up to the final connector.
The final cables are the sata power cables, of which there are two of these, again fully braided with 3 sata connections on each and again approaching 1 metre in length.
The only other item in the box is a small bag of mounting screws.
The NX-5000 R3 doesn’t come with a mains lead so you will either need to reuse an old one or, if you don’t already have one, purchase one separately.
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