The model we took a look is different from the other models in this series, and we are not talking about the difference in power, but in actual features. The other two models come with two PCI Express auxiliary power cords, allowing you to use the power supply with two video cards running in SLI or CrossFire modes without the need of using any kind of power adapter. Other feature missing on this model is the EPS12V power connector, which is starting to be used by high-end motherboards instead of the ATX12V connector. So if you want to have these two features, you need to buy the 500W or 600 W model instead of the 430 W one.
We also found some finishing details that make this power supply different from other high-end power supplies we’ve see around. Even though we posted “flaw” on the subtitle, what we are describing now is not really a problem but just a matter of aesthetics.
First, the plastic sleeving doesn’t come from inside the power supply, as you can see in Figure 4. So the wires are exposed while they exit the power supply housing.
By the same token the plastic sleeving doesn’t go all the way to the output connectors, see Figure 5.
We decided to disassemble this power supply to take a look inside.