The HEC Ace Power 580UB is quite pleasing to
at. Its glossy black steel casing is smooth and reflective, and gold fan
grills bearing the HEC logo cover both 80mm vent fans. The fans themselves are of the
transparent variety, and glow a pleasing blue colour from the four LEDs mounted around
their housings. Pretty.
We would have preferred to see a 120mm fan set in
the bottom of the power supply as the intake rather than an 80mm fan in the
rear, since it would provide better ventilation. With two active fans, air
movement will still be good though.
Ace Power 580UB's cables are wrapped in black plastic mesh sleeves which
keep them well separated, avoiding tangles. In addition to four SATA power
connectors (split over two wires) and the two 12V video connectors mentioned
earlier, the PSU includes eight 5V Molex connectors (split over three wires) and
two floppy drive power connectors as well as the 24pin and dual 4pin motherboard power connectors.
4-pin 12V connectors are notable because they can be joined together to make an 8-pin connection or
split to be used separately. A three-pin header cable allows a connection
to the motherboard for thermal monitoring and fan throttling. The 5V
Molex connectors use the easy-grip heads that we're beginning to see from some
companies. This is a great upgrade as it makes
them much easier to connect and
HEC Ace Power 580UB is unremarkable but cleanly manufactured and nicely laid out. Only
a few blobs of white
glue mar the otherwise pristine workmanship here. a
cable tie is used to keep the mess to a
The twin 80mm fans used by the HEC
Ace Power 580UB for venting
are practically silent, meaning that this PSU is not going to add to the
noise of your desktop.