Over the years OCZ Technology
has built a reputation on producing high quality components. They are known for manufacturing components that give overclockers, gamers, and the average enthusiast the best hardware for a great price.
The first OCZ power supply I ever used was the 700W GameXStream
, and this power supply was exactly what I expected in both quality and durability from a piece of equipment bearing the OCZ name. This time around OCZ has sent their new 600W EvoStream Modular SLI Power Supply, which is designed for the "performance-minded and high-power user" and "combines leading-edge technology with a classic, sleek look that system builders and LAN gamers are fond of."
The EvoStream is only available with a power rating of 600W, however it has quad 12V rails which allow the user to have a multi-GPU system. It also has some impressive features including modular cables, 75% efficiency, Active PFC, and various voltage protections. Let's take a look at the EvoStream and see if it is a good choice for the target user.
Before taking a look at the power supply provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the OCZ Technology
Features and Specifications:
» 600W Configuration
» Multi-GPU Ready
» Internal 80mm fan
» 3 year warranty backed by OCZ’s exclusive PowerSwap™ replacement program. No more endless return-for-repair loops!
» ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V
» OCZ ConnectAll™ universal connectors:
» 1 x 20+4Pin ATX
» 1 x 4-pin/8-pin CPU
» 2 x PCI-E
» 2 x 4-pin peripheral (1+1 4-pin Conn.)
» 1 x 4-pin peripheral & 4-pin floppy
» 1 x 4-pin peripheral
» 2 x S-ATA (1+1 SATA)
» High efficiency - 75% @ Full load
» Overvoltage/Overcurrent/Short-Circuit protection
» Active PFC
» 115VAC 60Hz / full range 240Vac 50Hz
Maximum Current Ratings for each voltage rail:
As with all OCZ Technology
packaging, it is vibrant retail oriented outer box. It provides the average consumer all the information they need to make an informed purchase. As you can see in the first picture, the top and front of the box will provide you a quick overview of the features. The back of the box will give you more detailed information regarding the features and the power rating of this unit. The two sides (not pictured here) do not provide you much detail, other than showing you the cables that are included in the box, and what your case could look like with the EvoStream installed.
When you open the box, you are presented with another box that contains the cables, which we will look at later. The power supply chassis rests under the cable box, surrounded by plastic foam. The foam surrounds the power supply like a box. In the second picture you can see the top piece of the foam packaging has been removed, and we find the power supply has been placed inside a plastic bag to further protect it.