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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

XG Duro 900 Power Supply Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-03-29

    Table of Contents:
  • XG Duro 900 Power Supply Review
  • Inside the box
  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Conclusion

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    XG Duro 900 Power Supply Review - Installation


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    In my testing, I put this new PSU into my XG Dragon case, replacing the 500W PSU that came with the unit.  The Dragon case has a custom mounting plate that allows the PSU to be installed through the back of the case.  Here’s a shot of the mounting plate before and after mounting it to the PSU.

     

    Once the mounting plate was installed, I was able to push the cable harness through and slide the PSU into the back of the case.  Here’s the PSU being installed into the case:

     

    There was a slight hiccup, before I realized that this new PSU was slightly deeper than the old one, and I had to adjust a bracket in the case which held it into place.  Once I did this, everything clicked into place and fastened down nicely.

    Inside, it was a small matter connecting all of the cables in the correct locations.  Here’s a couple of pics showing the main power connector, and the additional 12V.  Take note of the mesh wrap around the power cables.  This gives the wires a nice clean finish.

     

    The rest of the installation was very straight forward.  At the end, though, I was left with a total of 6 unused lines, a total of 9 unused connectors.  These included an extra molex set, a couple of PCI-E connectors, a couple of SATA sets, and an additional 12V.  A nice touch would have been if this PSU had been modular, so I could just remove the unused lines (which was over half) completely.  It would have gone a long way to cut down on the clutter inside the case, as you will see here:

     

    As you can see on the left, more than half of the leads from this PSU go unused in my configuration.  I tie-wrapped them together (seen on the right), so I could tuck them away inside the drive cage.

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