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Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL 850W Modular Power Supply Review
Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL 850W Modular Power Supply Review - PCSTATS
What does a modern quad core processor with dual videocards and a lot of hard drives add up to? A killer gaming PC, and a huge headache for the power supply!
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External Mfg. Website: Enermax Nov 13 2007   C. Sun  
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Cables and Modular Cables Galore

Modular cables are where the Galaxy EGX850EWL power supply really shines, so let's see what kind of options it brings to the table next.

The plugs are six and five pin types, which are directional so there is no chance of plugging cables in backwards. The black ones are for drives, the two red ones for videocards (SLI and Crossfire)

With all the power cables connected to the Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL, the the cables occupy a lot of space. Clearance where the cables go is critical if you expect to remove or insert more cables in the future. That is one of the downsides to modular cable systems.

All the power supply cables with the Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL are wrapped in stylish black and gold nylon loom to the first connector, and the ends zip tied and covered with heatshrink tubing.

Wire loom is flexible, and keeps cables together so clutter is reduced.

In total for drives the Galaxy EGX850EWL power supply has (15) Serial ATA power connectors, (13) 4-pin molex power connectors, and (2) FDD connectors.

For videocards, there are (3) 6-pin SLI power cables, and (2) combination 8-pin Crossfire or 6-pin SLI power connectors (2+6pin PCI Express power). In other words, the Galaxy EGX850EWL can technically support five 6-pin powered PCI Express videocards.

On the motherboard power connector front the options are pretty diverse too, though none of these cables are modular. There is a 24-pin main ATX power cable, (2) 8-pin ESP12V power connectors (one being a pair of 4-pin + 4-pin 12VAyux power connectors), a fan RPM monitoring cable, and a special 4-pin 12V modular RAM power cable for heavy duty quad CPU systems with memory in the 32GB-64GB range. Two additional adaptors are provided, as if there weren't enough power connectors already; an 8-pin 12VAux converter to 8-pin Crossfire or 6-pin SLI power, and an 8-pin Aux power to 4-pin 12V auxiliary motherboard power connector.

Phew, that's a lot of cables!

The 8-pin 12VAux converter to 8-pin Crossfire or 6-pin SLI power, and 8-pin Aux power to 4-pin 12V auxiliary motherboard power connector adaptors.

The main ATX power connector is ~50cm in length as are the rest of the other cables to the first connector on the daisy chain. A sampling of what the modular cables look like is shown below, for one of each kind included.

Enermax place a videocard sticker on the PCI Express power connector to help indicate what's what. The Galaxy EGX850EWL power supply is one of the few PSUs on the market that can support two flagship videocards with 8-pin power connectors. This based on the power available. The unit does have (five) 6-pin SLI power connectors, and (3) 8-pin Crossfire power connectors so you should be set no matter how many videocards you want to run.

Now, let's break the warranty and show you what's inside this 850W power supply.

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Contents of Article: Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL
 Pg 1.  Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL 850W Modular Power Supply Review
 Pg 2.  Appearence and Physical Specifications
 Pg 3.  — Cables and Modular Cables Galore
 Pg 4.  Let's check out the internals!
 Pg 5.  Testing the Power Supply
 Pg 6.  Big, Hefty, Powerful - The Galaxy

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