Aerocool Horsepower 1020 Watt Power Supply

Posted by on Monday, June 29, 2009 - 3:14pm

overviewAerocool is widely known for introducing the world to extra large case fans. I am sure you are familiar with the ExtremEngine case. If you don’t know it by name, maybe by description - it was one of the first to have a 25cm cooling fan on the side and 14cm at the front as an intake. Well, putting the ExtremEngine to the side, Aerocool is introducing the HorsePower line of PSUs. This power supply comes in two models, 720 watts for the modest PC builder and 1020 watt model for the extremist. When you consider that Crossfire using two 3870X2 cards can be done on a high performance 620Watt PSU you can see how much further Aerocool is trying to push things. Each unit divides the power between four different rails and boasts an Aerocool trademark a large fan. A 140mm one with blue lights.

 

Aerocool Horsepower 1020

Introduction

For the past year or so we have been seeing a run of seriously high powered power supplies. Many units boast up to 1200 watts and if you look hard enough you will see boxes, many of which are not yet released, which provide up to 2000 watts. This is a tremendous amount of power. And it is power that many of us really don’t need. Granted many of us don’t need the power, but there are some that do. For those who need such ownage, there are many more who wish they could afford the equipment to warrant it. Think about it! A 780i motherboard with tri-SLI or an X38 with quad Crossfire, systems most of us can only dream about. The biggest names in this high wattage war include Thermaltake, PC Power & Cooling and several others but this next company is slowly entering the PSU market and may give the others a run for their money.

Aerocool is widely known for introducing the world to extra large case fans. I am sure you are familiar with the ExtremEngine case. If you don’t know it by name, maybe by description - it was one of the first to have a 25cm cooling fan on the side and 14cm at the front as an intake. Well, putting the ExtremEngine to the side, Aerocool is introducing the HorsePower line of PSUs. This power supply comes in two models, 720 watts for the modest PC builder and 1020 watt model for the extremist. When you consider that Crossfire using two 3870X2 cards can be done on a high performance 620Watt PSU you can see how much further Aerocool is trying to push things. Each unit divides the power between four different rails and boasts an Aerocool trademark a large fan. A 140mm one with blue lights.

And if you are one of those  who base a future buy on features, the HorsePower has quite a few. One major feature would be ‘Smart Cable Management’ which simply means modular cables. And if you want numbers to help you in your decisions how about 80% efficiency, ATX 2.2 compliance and dual GPU support? And you have to read the article to find out more.


 

Packaging and contents

The unit as you would expect comes packed in a large box. Not only is the power supply included but there is a short manual, power cable, screws and modular cables. To keep everything safe and organized Aerocool includes a carrying bag as well for unused cables.

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Specifications

Features

80+ efficiency

Quad 12V rails

Active PFC

Full range from 100V to 240V

14cm quad blue led fan with on/off switch

Smart cable management

Black painting for the PSU case

Large aluminum logo

Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 and EPS 12V version

Supports Dual Core CPU, ATI Crossfire and all Multi-Core GPU

DXX Ready for PCI Express 2.0 / DXX next generation graphic cards with 6+2p (8P) PCI-E connector

Protections - over current, over voltage and short-circuit protections

Safety / EMI approvals : CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL


 

Closer look

For those that plan on using this power supply in a SFF or even more restricted case will have no problems whatsoever. As the HorsePower is the same size as lesser wattage power supplies. This is one advantage notched up for the HorsePower. SFF and small case users will not have to use an insufficient power supply unit when building a smaller rig. It remains to be seen whether the vast majority of SFF builders require this kind of power under the hood, but you know someone out there is trying to fit a stupidly powerful PC into a case the size of a shoebox. In fact, maybe that should be the next official format – SBX?

The HorsePower is coated in flat black paint. This should blend in well with most cases. The paint job isn’t shiny or glossy so it will not draw too much attention. Neither will it attract too many fingerprints, yay! The paint job is quite hard, and unlike some PSUs we have used in the past, does not seem to be particularly chip or scratch prone.

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The unit is not fully modular as the main power connector and two of the PCIe connections are permanently attached to the unit. I was really surprised to see the aux 8-pin connection was modular as on most PSUs it is permanent. The diagram above the plugs gives indications just what cables are to be connected where. Now, if you are a PC P&C fanatic, you will likely be tearing your hair out trying to convince the world that the extra resistance added by the modular connections makes a huge difference to the PSUs performance. The rest of us, see it one of two ways: 1. Modular cables are such a good practical idea that the risk of poor connectivity or increased resistance really pales in comparison to their ease of use. Or: 2. The resistance caused is at such a low level that it really doesn’t matter that much, get over it!

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The P/N label spells out all that is necessary to say about the numbers on the individual rails.

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Aerocool uses a large 14cm cooling with blue LEDs. This gives the unit a little flair. Aerocool does not give any specs on the fan itself. But during the testing we heard very little from the fan. During load testing the fan did spin a little faster but still we heard little from it.

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The rear of the unit uses hundreds of tiny holes to allow heat to escape. You may notice the blue power switch just to the right of the regular on/off button; this button is used to turn off the blue LEDs in the fan when the sweet blue mood lighting emanating from your rig is no longer wanted.

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All of the extensions are well sleeved to the very end of the cable. Sometimes many manufacturers neglect this making for an ugly sight. Another nice but small feature is the right angle SATA plugs.

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Types of connectors

24 pin ATX

4 pin power

8 pin power

4 pin Molex

SATA

Floppy

6/8 pin PCI-e

 

 

1

 

1 (4/4)

8

8

2

4

 

 

Testing

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

Testing rig specs:

Aerocool Horsepower 1020

CPU : Intel Core2Duo 8400

Motherboard: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe

Video card: EVGA 8800GTX

RAM : 2GB Patriot Viper PC14000

Hard drives :  Seagate 120GB HDD

Optical drives: HP DVD 740

Operating system : Windows XP Professional

Results

 

3.3v

5.0v

12v

Idle

3.312

5.05

12.09

Load

3.301

5.05

12.08


 

Conclusion

The Aerocool HorsePower reminded me very much of the Thermaltake TP1000 that I have currently in my rig. The Aerocool performed as well as you would expect from our form of testing and we can’t be more pleased. If you don’t need quite this much power Aerocool do manufacture a 750 watt model as well. Sometimes when a company is not known for something the product tends to be on the lower quality side but not in this case. I was very surprised with how this unit was built which was solid and heavy.

Besides the amount of power offered the HorsePower gives you modular cables which are well sleeved and solid rails. Neither can be overlooked as cable management is needed for the neat freak  and rails are always important for good overclocks and more important for system stability.

And for people looking for a lot of power and want to use a much smaller power supply would without hesitation look at the HorsePower.

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