Ultra’s latest products have shown some serious innovation and Voltron-like intercompatability. The X3 800-watt modular PSU is another fine example of synergistic design that augments the unique Power Bar feature in certain Ultra cases, and the unit blends topnotch build quality with a great efficiency rating and modular capability. If youre in the market for a new PSU, any member of the X3 line should join your short list.
“To ensure your complete satisfaction, all Ultra Power Supplies and Cases now carry a three-year warranty that they will be free from defects in materials or workmanship. In addition, that warranty can be upgraded to a LIFETIME warranty by simply registering online for the Ultra Advantage. The incomparable Ultra Advantage provides the most comprehensive warranty coverage possible. If you opt for the Ultra Advantage, all power supplies, cases and memory products are protected by our Lifetime Warranty, upgraded from three year. Under Ultra Advantage, all our other products are upgraded from the standard one-year to 3-year coverage! No other company delivers a consumer care package that can top ours. At Ultra, customer service is our most important mission. That’s why every Ultra product must meet the highest industry standards for quality and reliability. And our warranty program is second to none.”
Lately Ultra has been focusing on multiple-product integration, and we’ll talk more about that later. For now: the specs.
Ultra X3 800-watt Specs & Product Sheet
115V/230V 10A/6A 60/50Hz
Total Output Power:
800W (Full Load, Nominal Input Voltage)
85% at Typical Load
AC Input Voltage: 115V/230V
AC Input Frequency: 50-60Hz
AC Input Currents:
· 13A (RMS) for 115VAC input
· 8A (RMS) for 230VAC input
- Supports AMD and Intel Motherboards
- Low Acoustic Noise
- 135mm Fan
- Meets ATX Version 2.2, v1.3, and ATX 12V Version 2.2 Specifications
- Short Circuit Protection
- In-Rush Current Protection
- Thermal Overload Cutoff Protection
- MTBF > 100,000 Hours at Full Load, 110VAC and 25°C Ambient Condition
- FCC and UL Recognized All New X3® Modular Power Supplies
Ultra pulls out all of the stops for their latest power supply. By combining our “EE” (Energy Efficient) platform, which converts as much as 85% of AC power into DC power during typical loads, with a quiet 135MM ball bearing fan, our patented modular interface and our Limited Lifetime Warranty, Ultra clearly dominates the market with the new X3 power supply!
All New X3® Modular Power Supplies
If you’re looking for an efficient, quiet, powerful, modular power supply with a Lifetime Warranty, there’s no reason to look any further than the Ultra X3!
What is FlexForce Cabling?
- Manageable – FlexForce Cables are designed to be easily routed and hidden within your case.
- Increased Airflow – Special design promotes easy cable management and 30% better airflow than ordinary cables by easily routing cable under the motherboard, behind drive bays, etc.
- Design – Cables are dressed in a sleek looking titanium like finish.
|24 Pin Motherboard Connector|
|4 Pin +12V Motherboard Connector|
|8 Pin EPS Connector|
|6 Pin PCI-Express Connectors|
|8 Pin PCI-Express Connectors|
|5 Pin SATA Power Cable (3 Devices)|
|5 Pin SATA Power Cable (2 Devices)|
|4 Pin Power Cable (2 Devices)|
|4 Pin Power Cable (2 Devices + 2 Floppy)|
|4 Pin Power Cable (3 Devices)|
|4 Pin Power Cable (1 Device)|
|3 Pin Fan Connector (3 Devices)|
There should be enough options here to get this unit in anyone’s case without cable hassle. Let’s look at the design and installation, and see if everything makes sense in use.
The packaging is all about simplicity and font, making way for the giant X3 splash, and when you pull the top there’s a nice spec piece with the product highlights and features. Outer layers of cardboard can take quite a beating in the mail as you can see on the edges of the box, but the power supply itself should emerge unscathed.
X3 PSU Design
As alluded to by the box, Ultra chose to theme the unit with a deep mirror obsidian, and its reflective paint has got some serious eye-grabbing appeal. The problem as always with shiny objects is fingerprint retention, but 9/10 times, any nice-looking PSU is going to be stashed away in the depths of your case where no one will see it anyway. The cooling fan is 135mm, very quiet, and pulls plenty of cool air through the rear honeycomb. Besides the pretty paint job everything is more-or-less standard until you arrive at the front of the unit.
X3 Modular Connections
Here is the reason people will buy this PSU – besides the 85% efficiency rating at typical load. The X3 800 comes with 19 FlexForce cables that can be configured to suit your system’s needs using the 15 modular connections on the unit.
On the X3, you’ve got the standard 24, 4, and 8-pin connectors to provide thirsty modern motherboards and CPUs the juice they need; followed by (4) 6-pin PCIe connectors for those 8800s; a whole slew of (6) molexes; and (2) 5-pin SATAs. If you also have the m998 case, you can take advantage of Ultra’s Power Bar feature, which puts everything right where you need it and reduces case clutter even further. See my Ultra m998 case review for more info… and uh… just ignore that PATA cord below. I really should Sharpie it black.
Typical PSU install, no hassles; in Ultra’s m998, the top of the case pops off to accomodate this rather wide unit, but the X3 should squeeze in anywhere.
Now that it’s in, let’s get down to business.
The Ultra X3 800-Watt Modular PSU was benched in a real-world test environment. Presently, Bjorn3D does not have a dedicated load simulator, which is both a blessing and a curse, because we are forced to achieve stress using typical and extended idle and load scenarios. However, these tests should give users an indication of measurable performance in an environment much like their own. Test conditions follow:
- Voltages taken using Radioshack’s 22-218 Pocket Multimeter.
- Idle voltages taken 24 hours after initial bootup.
- Load voltages measured an hour after stressing began.
- Stressing was achieved by running the Crysis demo at 1024 x 768 on High settings while copying a 4GB DVD ISO across hard drives. Adobe Flash CS3, Adobe After Effects CS3, and Adobe InDesign CS3 were also used simultaneously for content production. All tasks were run at once, and were tabbed between regularly.
|Processor||Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz @ 3.01 GHz|
Asus P5W64 WS Pro | Rev 1 | BIOS 903
2 x 1GB OCZ RPR-1066 DDR2 @ 5-5-5-15
WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0 PATA
WDC WD5000AAKS-22YGA0 SATA
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-107D PATA
XFX GeForce 7950 GT (169.09 Beta)
|Power Supply||Test Item: Ultra X3 800-Watt Modular Power Supply|
|Case||Ultra m998 mid-ATX|
|Operating System||Vista Home Premium 64 Bit|
These are definitely winning numbers; I’m running a workstation motherboard for productivity reasons where voltages need to be spot-on stable. I am comletely satisfied with the X3 800-watt PSU’s reliability, and it’s going to live in my system for the time being. Nice job Ultra!
+ Ridiculously stable
+ Sensible modular design
+ Tons of options for connections
+ Molex for days for people who need it
+ Fantastic efficiency rating of 85%
+ Flex Force cabling
– MSRP is a bit too high
Final Score: 8.5/10 and the Bjorn Seal of Approval