Date: November 13, 2006
Author(s): Matt Serrano
OCZ recently added a new model to their PSU line-up, the 600W EvoStream. It’s a completely modular unit that offers great reliability and looks great while doing so.
Power supplies are not created equal. Many budget models will be under powered to cut on costs while other, more expensive units may carry extra features like modular cables or a fanless design. The truth is power supplies are one of the most important pieces of hardware in computers, and are often overlooked. Today, we’ll be looking at OCZ’s EvoStream 600 watt PSU.
Like most of OCZ’s products, the EvoStream arrived in an attractive shrink-wrapped box that displayed the products features, as well as its specifications and included cables.
Opening the packaging, you’ll find another cardboard box that houses the cables and manual, with actual the power supply resting below in foam blocks inside a plastic bag.
All of the modular cables are shielded, and glow blue with UV lights. We’ve seen this before with OCZ’s other power supplies, and it’s a nice touch if you have a system with a window that you want to show off. The only other thing worth noting is the fact that the PSU does not come with screws for mounting, so you’ll have to use any you have left over or supply them yourself.
The PSU itself has a black mirror finish. Even though it’s a fingerprint magnet and will get scratched easily, it shouldn’t bother most people when it’s sitting in a case. The 80mm fan is equipped with a blue LED that illuminates when the computer is turned on.
Even though the 12 volt rails only provide 15 amps, power is distributed across each of the rails, giving components clean power to work with. The only alarming description here is the 75% efficiency, which OZC claims to be under full load.
Having a look inside, we find the heat spreaders, and the fan mentioned earlier. There are no other vents in the EvoStream, so what you see is what you get. When I installed the power supply and booted the machine up, I noticed the fan was noticeably louder than what I had been using before. The fan grill seems to provide enough air, but a 120mm fan would have been better suited to produce less sound.
This setup was used to test the PSU:
I used Everest was used to record the results on the 3.3v and 5v rails, and the 12v rails were tested using a multimeter. The power supply was tested under an idle state, and running an instance of Prime95, playing music and movie files, and transferring data between the hard drives in the system under full load.
As you can see, the rails kept within the ATX specifications, and there wasn’t much fluctuation. Overall, the power supply preformed well. There isn’t much doubt that the EvoStream would be able to power most mid range systems without much trouble. However, at the time of writing, the unit can be found at around $190 from a few retailers, but better alternatives can be found for the price (including other products from OCZ’s own lineup).
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