I've just recently finished building my newest custom personal computer for my video and web editing needs. I was having a look around for various power supplies and found a variety of different ones with a unsettling price range. However I then stumbled across the OCZ StealthXStream 2 PC Power supply and quickly snapped it up for £52.
After swiftly receiving the box in the post I quickly opened it up to check the contents. Upon opening the box (Securely tapped up to avoid opening when in transit) the first thing that can be seen is some manufacture leaflets and advertisement flyers with some pretty decent offers. There is also an installation and help booklet, requirements booklet and warranty phone numbers.
After removing the paper contents you can see a layer of a white foam mould. After removing this you can see the power supply safely wrapped up in a protective plastic bag/wrapping and bubble wrap. This is to ensure extra safety when the device is being moved around to avoid damage. It is then held in place by the white mould to avoid movement in the box and to lessen the chance of damage.
After removing the power supply, underneath in a cut out section of the mould, you can find the adjoining cables and leads secured by a twist cable then securely wrapped in a protective bag and bubble wrap. The care taken into account to lower the chances of damage to the device is exceptional.
After removing the packaging from the device you can see the power supply is of a standard size. It is measured at 15cm x 14 cm x 8.6cm which makes it easily compatible with most midsized computer cases.
The localisation of the device has been made to United Kingdom, Europe. However US adapter versions are available from the company's main website. The device type is a active Power Factor Correction (PFC) - internal power supply with a specification compliance of ATX12V/ EPS12V.
The device uses a UK/EU Mains adapter to power the device. It requires a input voltage of AC 115/230 V to power the device with a input voltage range of AC 130 - 240 V meaning it has a rather average power consumption level.
Power Output Connector details:
1 x power 24 pin ATX with detachable 4 pin section
3 x 15 pin Serial ATA power
1 x 6 pin PCI Express power
1 x 8 pin PCI Express power with detachable 2 pin section
1 x power 8 pin EPS12V with detachable 4 pin ATX12V section
5 x 4 PIN internal power
1 x 4 PIN mini-power connector
Finally the device has a massive power capacity of 600 Watts and in case of fault or power outages it has a circuit protection feature which uses a circuit breaker to protect the device from damage.
Other Aspects of the device:
One main thing I have found very attractive about this device is the huge 100,000 MTBF (mean time between failures) so this device has a massive lifespan and provides a good reassurance of reliability. I've been using it for around 3 weeks and have yet to have any issues with the device.
The power supply is cooled by a 120mm Fan. With most power devices the fan can become an annoying factor with any form of computing with emitting a terrible whirling sound. However the name of this product 'StealthXStream' fits the devices perfectly. It makes NO sound what so ever. At first start you can hear the fan revving up for around 7 - 15 seconds however after that period the device becomes unnoticeable. Without creating any noise pollution. Even at times when I have had the computer on for long periods of time the noise pollution has been practically nonexistent.
The device comes with a full 3 years warranty with service and support which gives you and even more sense of security of dealing with problems with the device so they can be quickly dealt with.
I've been using this power supply for just over 3 weeks. I feel it's amazing. I have also made plans to update the power supplies of the other PC's in my household.
The minimal noise pollution it emits and large output of power it can generate is completely worth the minimal £52 price tag. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone who is building their own custom PC or wants to replace their current power supply.