CaseGears 450 Watts Modular Cable Power Supply Review

Cases & PSU/Power Supplies by SidneyWong @ 2005-09-30

Casegears is an unfamiliar name to all of us, they are introducing their first Tri-Fan series power supply in 400, 450 and 500 Watts. Modular, UV reactive sleeved cables, 20/24-pin main and blue LEDs; this 450 Watt power supply in Gun Metal Mirror finish will be priced competitively. Will it deliver?

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Casegears is a newly formed Company in meeting the current retail market demand for PC chassis and Power Supply. While the company website is still "under construction", a review sample arrived at my door step within 3 days of the initial contact. With limited information I could gather at this point, Casegears associates in ATX case manufacturing in Taiwan supply the local market for many years, and continues its growth into Power Supply. I am confident that we will hear more about their product channel of distribution and detail Company background shortly afterward. Today, we will examine their "Tri-Mirror X-Plug Modular 450 Watts" Power Supply.

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I have to admit that the mirror black finish has an outstanding look.

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Power Specifications

With the lack of product information from the manufacturer site, this is what I can offer at this time. Lots of 3.3 and 5 Volt wattage and not enough on the 12 Volt rail so it seems. I assure you that this PSU weights in similar to other high quality units I came across lately such as Seasonic S12 and Sunbeam NUUO, which is a good signaling this is no “El Cheapo” despite the unknown name.

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Features & Cable Length

  • Mirror-Finished Casing
  • TRI-Fans—One 80mm LED Fan, Two 60mm Clear Fan
  • UV Reactive Connectors
  • UV Reactive Sleeved Power Cables
  • Intel Pentium4 and AMD K7/K8 CPU compatible
  • 20+4pin Motherboard Power Connector
  • Two Serial-ATA Connectors
  • High Efficiency / Low Noise & Ripple / Build-in EMI Filter

    The model name "Tri Mirror" suggests the two see-thru side panels and mirror like chrome finish, together with the 3-fan configuration I presume. The unit has 2x60mm fans facing the motherboard side and an 80mm rear exhaust, all at single speed. The unit requires the "white glove" treatment; or else finger prints will be all over just by looking at it.

    For the same reason stated previously, my ruler comes in to assist.

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    Let's void the warranty and take a closer look inside ->
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