Watt Aluminum Power Supply Review
It says a lot when even the workhorse of the
computer world becomes an outlet for designer components. As they say in the
movies, first there was the aluminum case, and now we have an aluminum power
supply. Putting the obvious allusion to the Intel Pentium 4
name and colours aside, the iCute4 is a flashy unit that will either draw Ahhh's
of approval or disdain for tackiness.
Like gold plated heatsinks the shiny Aluminum
I-Cute is right for a certain kind of style conscious user. Case modders and
users with aluminum cases will probably appreciate the flashy little cube more
than anyone else. Make no mistake, aside from the external appearance and
quality of components inside the power supply, there really is no benefit or
loss from using an aluminum cased power supply.
four extruded aluminum sections, the main body of the power supply looks great,
but the end caps seem to remind me of cheap OEM heatsinks, all rough and such.
The power supply uses two totally transparent 80mm fans arranged axially in an
intake and exhaust configuration. Oddly the intake fan sits on the outside of the
case, perhaps hinting at a savings in material for the manufacturer. Both fans
have nice wire grills protecting them from errant wires or fingers. Both fans
draw 0.19A and are made by an unknown manufacturer called Yate Loon. Quality and
lifespan are anyone's guess, but the fans are pretty quiet in
While the power supply could be the perfect addition to any
Lian Li case, thereby completing that all-aluminum look so in "fashion" these
days, there is one major issue with the power connectors. Most of us are
familiar with Enermax and their line of power supplies, and for the price that
Enermax PSU's retail for we honestly get a lot of power connectors.
The iCute4 skimps on the connectors but offers a
maximum listed power output of 420W. Given that there are only (4) Molex
connectors and (1) FDD connector I find it hard to believe that anyone would
ever really be capable of using that much juice.
The power supply is Pentium 4 compliant so in
addition to the ATX power connector, there is also a legacy AT power connector
and a four lead supplemental 12V power drop. None of the connectors are gold
plated but the lead wires are a nice length of about 21".
Barring some rather fancy equipment, we chose to test out the power supply on a P4 system (2GHz @2.16GHz
on MSI 845 Ultra motherboard) and record the power levels of the ATX power
tap with the system running in an overclocked state.
Ideally, the power levels should be quite close to, or
almost exactly on the listed voltages for best stability, and not too range
wildly. The numbers speak for themselves, and illustrate the variances in the power supply from the Icute
4. This is by no means a "perfect" way to evaluate a power supply, so if you have any suggestions on how to better test this
PSU, please let us know.
Contents of Article: Thermal Integration iCute4
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