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Aerocool Strike-X 800W Power Supply

Aerocool StrikeX 800W Power SupplyThe Strike X line is aimed at the hard-core gamer. And looking at the Strike X 800W power supply is evidence of that. This new “X” themed power supply offers many of the protections that other manufacturers offer but in a casing that is on another level. A blend of red and black makes the Strike X perfect for those that are into case modding or simply want their PC to stand out visually.

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Aerocool StrikeX 800W Power Supply

Aerocool StrikeX 800W Power SupplyThe Strike X line is aimed at the hard-core gamer. And looking at the Strike X 800W power supply is evidence of that. This new “X” themed power supply offers many of the protections that other manufacturers offer but in a casing that is on another level. A blend of red and black makes the Strike X perfect for those that are into case modding or simply want their PC to stand out visually.

Introduction to the Aerocool Strike-X 800W Power Supply

If you are anything like me, you are constantly visiting manufacturer websites like for something new and exciting. One day I was visiting Aerocool’s site looking to see if they have released any new fan controllers. And while exploring the site I came across the Strike X link in the navigation bar of the header.

Upon clicking on it I discovered that Aerocool started a new branding line. Strike X isn’t just one product but a series of products ranging from cases to cooling and everything in between. We were contacted by the rep and were offered a couple of Strike X products featuring the GT Black case and the 800 watt supply which is what this review will be focusing on.

The Strike X line is aimed at the hard-core gamer. And looking at the Strike X 800W power supply is evidence of that. This new “X” themed power supply offers many of the protections that other manufacturers offer but in a casing that is on another level. A blend of red and black makes the Strike X perfect for those that are into case modding or simply want their PC to stand out visually.

Aerocool’s take on the Strike-X Power Supply

Introducing the new “Strike-X” product series from Aerocool – the ultimate gaming equipments for gamers and enthusiasts world-wide!! The “Strike-X” series includes a wide array of gaming equipments ranging from cases, PSU, fan controller, speakers, mouse, mouse pad and headsets.

Like all Strike-X products, the Strike-X power supplies bears the distinct mark of “X” such as the aluminum frame on the top cover and the label sticker design on the side of the chassis. The Strike-X power supplies were designed with the concept of “POWER”, “STYLE” and “COOL” and they are perfect for those power-hungry users and yet cool enough to show off to friends.

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Features

  • Powerful “X” theme Gaming PSU
  • Compatible with ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92
  • Low Noise 13.9cm Fan with intelligent fan speed control
  • High-Efficiency (up to 88%) – 80+ Silver Certified
  • Modular Cable w/ Black Sleeving to reduce the cable mess inside your chassis and improves the air flow of your system.
  • Supports Dual Core CPU, ATI CrossFire, NVIDIA SLi and all Multi-Core GPU technologies.
  • Built in next generation 6+2 pin PCI-Express graphic card connector.
  • Active Power Factor Correction (PF>0.99)
  • Extremely good voltage regulation (±5%): provides steady power input
  • High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours
  • Green power design that meets EuP requirements
  • Protections: Over Current, Over Voltage, Over Wattage, Over Temperature and Short-Circuit protection
  • Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL

Closer look

All of the products under the Strike X branding are well represented by the heavily used “X”. We have the GT Black case in house as well and it can be seen in it as well. Many of the companies that offer a gaming line base their products as well on a particular theme. But in the case of Aerocool they took it to another level. But before we really get into it let speak about the basic features of the power supply.

On the U.S. site there are a listing for only two models of this power supply which would be 600W and our 800W while the TW site list two each of the 500W and 600W models, 800W and a mammoth 1100W unit. Our unit carries 80PLUS Silver rating meaning it can maintain a efficiency of 88% or better on load. And for those looking to run multiple video cards, Aerocool states it support Crossfire and SLi technologies.

The power supply is of metal, mesh and anodized aluminum. The colors of the PSU are two different shades of red and black. One shade is the typical red and the other is a dark red. The surfaces of the PSU are a mixture of smooth layers as well as rough layers. Throughout the review you will see just what I am talking about.

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We first begin with the intake side of the PSU or the side the fan is on. This side is a mixture of the two surfaces we just mentioned. The large “X” grill is that is painted red while the center of the “X” is made of a black mesh. The rest of the side is of a rough texture but still flows with the theme of the power supply. Some may so the “X” will restrict the intake of air from enter the unit. But Aerocool has implements a patent fan grill design that helps the cold air circulation better and force warm air out. Basically what happens is there are four angled slants on one side of the fan housing that once air enters the fan that air and the air produced by the fan is directed toward the rear of the PSU housing. The fan measures 140mm and is PWM controlled.

Each side of the unit has stickered graphics on them. The first side has a large “X” with the wattage amount printed on it. The opposite has the usual numbers that describes the rail’s wattage and ampere on it. In the case of this unit it has a single 12v rail that has a total of 65A.

The Strike X uses the typical honeycomb mesh to allow warm air to exit. This side is rather smooth and painted red.

The opposite end is where we get our first evidence that the PSU is modular. There are a set of permanent placed cables which are the main ATX, CPU EPS and PCIe. Additional PCIe and SATA extensions are divided between six plug-ins.

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 Pin EPS

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

Floppy

8 Pin EPS

Aerocool Strike X 800W

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Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz @ 1.35v
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 1333 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: Dual Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Aerocool Strike-X 800W
Case: Open air
Cooling: Thermaltake FrioOCK

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Results

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.

Conclusion

The one thing that some may find not to their liking will be the appearance of the Aerocool Strike X 800W power supply. But to be honestly I think it looks better in person than it does in pictures on the web. The whole “X” is done in moderation when it could easily have been taken over the top. The large “X” surrounding the grill of the fan is a nice gaming touch. And the color combination is well suited for many of the components on the market.

In the time we spent with the unit we find it was more than stable on our test bench rather it was running stock or overclocked. The readings from the DMM were well within range of being reasonable for any moderate gaming rig.

The modular aspect of the unit is another good reason to consider this power supply. It isn’t 100% modular as the main connections that will have to be used in a gaming rig are permanent. And the amount of connections is pretty adequate as it support double GPUs with its four PCIe connections and several HDDs with its eight SATA connectors.

At a price range between $115 and $130, we have to say not too bad of a price especially if you want to continue with the whole black and red theme. But there are many units to pick from in the same range from other respectable companies. So, the choice maybe a little difficult.

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