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XG Viper 2 Case Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-04-05

    Table of Contents:
  • XG Viper 2 Case Review
  • Opening the box
  • The Viper 2 Revealed
  • Did someone say install?
  • Drives anyone?
  • I've got the power
  • Let's turn it up
  • Conclusion

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    What good would a case review be without reviewing the PSU that comes with it?  With all of the confusion about the PSU on the box aside, here's what we have.

    As you can see from this picture, the PSU itself it mounted at the topmost part of the case.  I prefer this design; it puts the PSU as far out of the way as possible, and it gives you as much open room as possible to work with. 

    As you can see in the picture, the wire harness for the motherboard is wrapped in a black mesh, which holds the cable together nicely and gives it a clean look.  The rest of the power wires were not so lucky, and have no wrapping whatsoever. 

    Hereís a pic of the label on the PSU.  As you can see, it has two 12V rails, but with a disappointing 10A and 8A, respectively.  Those of you who know power supplies know that 18A per rail is pretty standard.  While this PSU will get this machine up and running, itís not going to drive a gaming system.

    Once I got the machine installed and running, I ran some load tests on the PSU to determine the voltage while idle versus load.  Hereís what I found with my digital multimeter:

    Rail

    Idle

    Full Load

    3.3v

    3.31v

    3.31v

    5v

    5.02v

    4.98v

    12v1

    11.98v

    11.94v

    12v2

    11.97v

    11.91v

    Thereís not really much to write home about, here.  If you are building a performance system, youíre going to want to trade out this PSU for one better.

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