The WIN 550UB's
glossy black paint finish
looks great, but users had best be ready
to buff out finger prints and smudge marks. At the back of the Win
550UB we see a hard power switch, power plug as well as a 115/220V
switch, make sure you have the right setting for your country before powering
on! There is no rear exhaust fan since the 120mm internal fan is powerful enough to
exhaust the heat by itself.
At the bottom of the power supply we see the 120mm
translucent fan and gold coloured fan grill. During operation, the fan was
completely silent and could not be heard although we did feel a decent amount of
air pass through the grill. Those of you with case windows will love how the fan
shines a bright blue.
The rest of
the power supply is nothing special to look at and as usual, there are no
serviceable parts inside. Should you have problems you'll have to send the power supply
back to HEC for replacement under its three year warranty.
HEC's user manual, while thin, is very detailed and can
provide novice users a wealth of information. For instance HEC states that the
Win 550UB can operate with a maximum ambient case temperature of 50
degrees Celsius and that when operating above 40 degrees Celsius, the power
supply begins to lose efficiency (1%/C).
The Win 550UB has quite a bit of protection
built into it such as over temperature protection, over power protection, over
voltage protection and short circuit protection although HEC does not state at
what values would trip protection.
Awesome Cable Setup!
HEC has done an awesome job with keeping things tidy with the Win
550UB mesh cabling. Keeping things neat and tidy inside the case will not be a problem here
and to top things off Hec even includes a handy velcro cable
tie. The wires themselves are very flexible and mold quite easily which is always
HEC equip the Win 550UB powersupply with
easy grip molex connectors which makes them much easier to remove as there is more
surface to grip onto without having to twist or yank the wires. It's a
great little adjustment to the standard molex connector, as they can be quite difficult to
remove if in a tight situation.
There are a total of eight molex power connectors,
two floppy, four Serial ATA, and two 6 pin 12V videocard connectors. Quite a
bit for the various system devices in your computer. There is also an EPS12V connector
and ATXGES converter for your needs.