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by Matthew Harris on July 4, 2007 in Power Supplies

If you look around you’ll find that there are more brands of power supplies than you can shake a stick at. Some of them are really good while others aren’t even worth being hit with the aforementioned stick. Does the Spire Rocketeer IVSP-ATX-600W fall into the first or second category? Read on and decide for yourself.

Introduction


Spire, makers of everything from coolers of every size and shape to cases to some modding supplies. They also market their own line of PSU’s under the Rocketeer nomenclature and today that’s what I’m taking a look at, a Spire Rocketeer IV model SP-ATX-600W which we can infer from the model number is a 600W ATX unit.

Let’s take a quick peek at what Spire says about this unit shall we?

The new Spire series power supplies give even the most demanding PC users a way to keep it cool. Housed in nickel coated enclosures, these power supplies feature multiple, low-noise dual ball bearing fans to ensure smooth and silent operation in the workplace or home office. Whether it is work or play, business presentations or games, applications can take center stage because they no longer have to compete with typical PC cooling noise.

Main Features:

  • Intel ATX 2.01 Specification Compliant
  • Supports Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP and Athlon 64
  • 3 Speed Variable Fan Speed Auto-Control
  • I/O Short Circuit & Overload Protection
  • Redundant Cooling System
  • SATA Power Connector
  • 2 Year Warranty

Now, going by this we’d assume that the unit had dual fans which is hardly the case, it’s cooled by a single 120mm blue LED fan. Kind of odd that they use a generic description for their power supplies but we can hope that the unit itself is hardly generic. Speaking of the PSU, lets dive into it, shall we?

The packaging for the Rocketeer IV (from here on out referred to as the PSU or unit for simplicity’s sake) is pretty simple, with a shot of the unit on the front in full color.

The back of the packaging lists the features and specs of the unit. It also highlights some of Spire’s other offerings.

The color part of the box is a sleeve with a plain white box inside. Opening that box reveals the unit covered by the instruction sheet.

Once out of the packaging we see that Spire also throws in the obligatory power cable, a few screws (that are not seen) and some velcro cable wraps to secure unused leads. A nice touch to be sure although why they’re color coded is beyond me.


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1. Introduction
2. Closer Look
3. Testing, Final Thoughts