For the purpose of this review I will be installing the Nexus NX-5000 R3 into the following system.
To test the Nexus NX-5000 R3 I will measure the power rails at idle and load with a digital volt meter to see what the deviation on any given rail is. I will measure each of the 3.3v, 5v and 12v power rails the 3.3v and 5v at the motherboard and as the 12v is distributed around several components I will measure it at the graphics card, motherboard atx connector and optical drive to see if there is any significant difference due to different loads etc. For the load tests I will run stress prime to put max load on the cpu, copy a large amount of files from one place to another to load up the hard drives, burn a cd and run atiís artefact scanner to load up the graphics card. This should, I believe, put about as much load on the power supply as this system can.
As you might expect installing the Nexus NX-5000 R3 was a straight forward affair and the part that took the longest was trying to stash the unused cables out of the way. All of the cables I did use were more than long enough for my mid atx case so should be long enough for even a full tower case with the power supply mounted in the bottom.
As I suspected the Nexus NX-5000 R3 does seem to be slightly smaller than a typical power supply as shown in the picture below. So this could be useful to those using a micro atx case, though the cables will be severely over length.
Once fitted it was time to get some readings
As you can see none of the rails deviated by any amount worth mentioning, I had to check the programs were running by going into the task manager due to the fact none of the rails seems to move, but yes everything was under load so it would appear that the Nexus NX-5000 R3 will be able to power a PC far more power hungry than the one I used to test it.
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