|Ultra Products 2nd Generation X-Finity 600W PSU
Improvements from Generation One to Generation Two:
» Dual 12V rails
» A quieter 120MM fan
» Improved efficiency
» "FlexForce" cables that promote more complex cable routing which in turn improves chassis airflow
» A longer warranty (lifetime with product registration)
» SLI certification and a pair of PCI-e connectors right out of the box
» SATA leads with four SATA drive connectors
What is Dual Rail Technology?
» Dual Rail Technology distributes power to components that require it the most.
» Dedicated 12V Rail for the 2x2 Motherboard Connector.
» More power where you need it...
The packaging for the unit to be tested is shown in the below left image. Just about every surface of the rather flashy box is covered with images or text describing the features and specifications of this power supply. The below right image shows another box which may look different, but is actually for the same model.
The only true difference is the age of the boxes, and that the red box is for a black colored PSU while the blue box is for a "titanium" colored PSU. The age of the box can be determined by the large "SLI Ready" emblem in the middle of the red box, indicating a more recent printing. Both units have the same specifications, and both are SLI ready, it's just that the newer box promotes in more prominently.
The two ends of the Ultra Products Second Generation 600W X-Finity Power Supply can be seen in the images below. The fans are translucent plastic, but there are now LEDs installed (as is the case on the first generation version of this power supply). The chromed fan guards are rather generic, but they blend in well with the high chrome appearance of the "titanium" finish. Other than the extremely reflective surfaces, the unit looks fairly typical in these views.
The below left image shows off the bottom of the power supply, where we see a large surface of high chrome steel with various stickers adhered to it. The specifications and various bits of manufacturing information are shown, and are all fairly common on any power supply. The below right image shows off one of the sides of the power supply where you simply find a few slots for ventilation. The first generation unit had UV reactive acrylic windows on the sides, so the look has definitely been subdued in this revision (and I like it).
From the images of the housing we can see that there is nothing extreme about the design, other than the mirror like "titanium" finish. The first generation had a few features that really grabbed your eye, but if you like things simple, the new version may be far more attractive to you.