OCZ 750 Watt Fatal1ty Series Power Supply

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The OCZ Fatal1ty line of power supplies are aimed at individuals that want more than a capable power supplies but something that will them to say ‘Hey, look at my machine’.  The new Fatal1ty units come in a nicely gun metal painted shell sporting the traditional black and red theme OCZ 750 Watt Fatal1ty Series Power Supplywe have comes to know from anything displaying Johnathan Wendel famous name. The lineup consists of two models which are 550 watts and the more powerful 750 watter. We will be taking a closer look at the 750 watt model today.

Introduction to the OCZ 750 Watt Fatal1ty Series Power supply

As time goes by we see more and more that power supplies are the most important piece of a PC. And as time has gone on we have come to the conclusion that it is all about the amount of power the unit has but the type of protection that are presented.

These different figures of protection that we read about are there to protect our precious components and make sure that the house doesn’t catch on fire.

There are many manufacturers of power supplies out there. Many of which we feel very comfortable with forking our money over to. The companies that we are insuring the care of our new multi-GPU gaming rigs, our multi-core CAD workstation and our multi-drive storage servers.

Yes, the need for all this protection as well as all this protection is definitely there. But damn we have to have good cosmetics as well. We have reviewed a few power supplies during our time and these companies that send us these power supplies do put their own twist on them. Whether it is changing LED lighting or fancy art work. OCZ has sent over one of the best looking power supplies that we have seen in a long time.

The OCZ Fatal1ty line of power supplies are aimed at individuals that want more than a capable power supplies but something that will them to say ‘Hey, look at my machine’.  The new Fatal1ty units come in a nicely gun metal painted shell sporting the traditional black and red theme we have comes to know from anything displaying Johnathan Wendel famous name. The lineup consists of two models which are 550 watts and the more powerful 750 watter. We will be taking a closer look at the 750 watt model today.

OCZ take on the Fatal1ty Series Power Supply

Fatal1ty Series high-performance PSUs are co-developed to the high standards of Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, 12-time World champion to meet the specific needs of fellow gamers. Featuring new “low-profile” flat modular cabling, the Fatal1ty 750W PSU not only provides stable, efficient power, but also unique connectors that allow greater flexibility when organizing an internal case environment. Featuring glowing red LED lights to further personalize and add style to your system, Fatal1ty power supply products are ideal upgrades for users who need a computer setup able to take on hours of non-stop gaming.

The new Fatal1ty 750W features maximum and efficient power distribution, a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan for airflow at near-silent audible noise levels, extremely tight and well regulated electrical noise and ripple, and an ideal array of connector types for multiple power-hungry drives and video cards. Offering excellent energy and cost savings, the Fatal1ty 750W garners a high efficiency rating with an 80-Plus® Bronze certification, converting up to a full 85% of AC to DC power at typical loads.

The Fatal1ty 750W Series is fully compliant with the latest ATX12V and EPS12V specifications to accommodate a wide range of cases, and comes backed by a 5-year warranty and tech support for additional peace of mind.


Specifications

  • 750W Continuous @45C
  • Maximum power distribution
  • Low-profile flat EZMod modular cabling
  • 150 x 160 x 86mm (W x L x H)
  • ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V
  • Typical load 85% Efficiency
  • 80+ Bronze Certified
  • Overvoltage/OverPower/Short-Circuit protection
  • Premium Sag &Surge Protection (.98 PFC)
  • MTBF: 100,000 hours
  • 135mm double ball-bearing fan with red LED lighting
  • SLI™ Ready (Dual GPU)
  • 5 year warranty backed by OCZ's exclusive
    PowerSwap Warranty replacement program.

Closer look

At first look you see that the Fatal1ty has a dingle 135mm double ball bearing cooling fan. According to OCZ the large is to run at near silent audible noise levels. And you can see the fan itself is a clear plastic this is usually the first sign of LED lighting. If you guess that then you are correct. This rather large fan glows red when giving power.

Underneath the fan is a series of heat sink, capacitors, mosfets and resistors that is used to supply up to and beyond 750 watts worth of power. And to backup the very decent amount of power is an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating.  Chances are if you are looking for a power supply with this amount of power you are also looking for something that is SLI capable. OCZ states that the unit is SLI Ready.

There are only three sides of the power supply that we would call worthy of paying attention to. One of those sides would be were the large Fatal1ty specification is located. Consisting of the Fatalt1y branding and one of the smallest wattage rating labels I have ever seen. You literally have to get within a couple of inches to read it. So, we decided to blow it up from the OCZ’s website.

Once installed the only thing that you will see from the outside is this array of honeycomb openings, standard plug and power switch.

The last side of unit that we will take a look at is what most of you are waiting to see. I know I didn’t mention it earlier in the review but this model is mostly modular with the exception of the main power connections. There are a total of eight plug-ins on the back of this unit for cables ranging from floppy to SATA.

What sets the Fatal1ty apart from many other power supplies out there on the market is the cables extenstions. This is case the extensions are completely flat. Meaning flow is improved compared to typical rounds. But whatelse does this mean? The extensions will be slightly harder to manage when it comes time to organize them. Below is a listing of plugs which the Fatal1ty has.

Cables

20/4 Pin ATX

8 pin AUX

4/4 Pin AUX

4 Pin Molex

SATA

Floppy 

6 Pin PCIe

6/2 Pin PCIe

SS Strider 750

1

1

2

6

6

2

0

4


Testing

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so, but you can not overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. We have a trusty digital multimeter. Those sites and the methods they use should be the true means of determining how good a power supply really is. However, we feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is also a valid measure of its performance.

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8 @ 1.3v
Ram: Patriot Viper II Sector DDR3 4GB 1600MHz
Video Card: Sapphire HD 5750/Gigabyte HD 5750
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power:OCZ 750 Watt Fatal1ty
Case: Sunbeamtech Open-Air Bench
Cooling: Coolermaster 212 Plus
OS: Windows 7 RC
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Results

Granted our test are nothing official as well do not have to proper equipment to test a power supply to it fullest. But we did see the Fatal1ty 12v drop the most of any PSU we have tested. Not enough to warrant a scare as the rail stayed within specs.


Conclusion

Visually, the OCZ Fatal1ty 750 watt power supply meets all the needs of someone looking for a gorgeous unit. The power supply is aimed at the gamer and enthusiast but we definitely have to throw in the modder as well. When trying to color coordinate the inside of your PC you can’t go wrong with this power supply. Reasons being is many of today’s PC cases have a black interior now and to go alone with that many of today’s motherboards are also black. All three in the mix is ideal.

Good looks are one thing but performance, efficiency and stability is another. This is the one reason we purchase a given power supply. Efficiency ratings are what we are looking for on the package of any power supply. And if you come across the box for this power supply you will see the huge 80Plus Bronze rating. We found in our simple test that the Fatal1ty offering from OCZ did pretty well. We a small drop in the 12 volt rail is all we saw but it was well within specs. Making it is a good buy.

Another feature that we looked in the Fatal1ty power supply was the lack of noise that normally comes for the fan. During the testing phase we ran the power supply with a passive cooled GPU just to see how quiet the unit was. We are happy to report that OCZ offering is one of the quietest power supplies that we have tested in a long time. Making it ideal for quiet PC builds.

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