OCZ EliteXStream 800 Watt Power Supply

Posted by on Monday, June 29, 2009 - 2:54pm

overviewThe EliteXStream is the example of what two companies can think up when they get together. The EliteXStream is a single 12 volt rail behemoth that is sure to raise some eyebrows. The EliteXStream belongs to the crowd of people that believe all the power should be in one main 12 volt rail. This is a philosophy that we have seen for many years from PC Power and Cooling. But if you are a member of the multi-rail power supply club, OCZ has the ProXStream for you. The EliteXStream is available in to varieties, an 800 and 1k models. Each is enough to power the biggest of gaming systems. And today we will be reviewing the 800 watter for you.

 

OCZ EliteXStream 800

Introduction

From the days of the PowerStream we have known that OCZ produces some of the highest quality power supplies available. At the time of its release, it had received the highest honors on every web site. The performance and stability were second to known, except the likes of the PC Power and Cooling offers. But since then OCZ has joined forces with PC Power and Cooling. And with the latter of the two being at the stature in which it was in, you knew that it would influence the other. And the following is what comes out of such a merger.

The EliteXStream is the example of what two companies can think up when they get together. The EliteXStream is a single 12 volt rail behemoth that is sure to raise some eyebrows. The EliteXStream belongs to the crowd of people that believe all the power should be in one main 12 volt rail. This is a philosophy that we have seen for many years from PC Power and Cooling. But if you are a member of the multi-rail power supply club, OCZ has the ProXStream for you. The EliteXStream is available in to varieties, an 800 and 1k models. Each is enough to power the biggest of gaming systems. And today we will be reviewing the 800 watter for you.

OCZ on the EliteXStream

The EliteXStream power supply family is the top choice for high-powered gaming systems and workstations. Designed to offer the consumer market an enthusiast-grade computer power supply with a state-of-the-art architecture, the EliteXStream is the ultimate power solution for those that require the ultra-efficient, advanced reliability, high-wattage solutions for leading-edge gaming machines.

OCZ designed the 800W and 1000W EliteXStream for optimum power distribution to all components by utilizing the highly efficient "single +12V rail" design perfected by PC Power & Cooling. This trail-blazing approach to +12V rail design ends the need to budget power "across the rails" as is the case with the less effective multi-rail design found in the vast majority of high-performance PSUs on the market today.

Providing sufficient power for all your high-end components including multiple GPUs, the EliteXStream will provide stable, well distributed, certified power to today’s most power hungry platforms and beyond. Each powerful yet energy-efficient EXS model is certified under the 80+ efficiency program so they run cool and save on utility power.

The EliteXStream will be available in 800 W and 1000 W configurations, delivering up to 1 kW of continuous power through a complete array of connectors including four 8 pin (6+2) PCI-E and 17 drive connectors and is kept supremely cool with a large 120 mm fan and features a standard ATX power supply form factor. The EliteXStream offers one of the industry's most robust consumer power supply designs on the market, and is backed by an incredible 5 year warranty and unmatched technical support from OCZ.


 

Packaging and contents

I am glad that OCZ didn’t change the packaging they use, as the EliteXStream comes in a dark theme box and not the plain white box that we see PCP&C comes in. OCZ has always been one to show off all their products from the packaging to the product.

OCZ EliteXStream 800 2

OCZ EliteXStream 800 3

There isn’t anything about the how the power supply is packed on the inside. If we had to say something about the packing, it would be that everything is neat and securely enclosed.

OCZ EliteXStream 800 5

Specifications

150(W) x 86mm(H) x 160(L)      
ATX12V v2.2       
High efficiency 82%       
80+ Certification       
 Overvoltage/Overcurrent/Short-Circuit protection      
Active PFC (.99)       
MTBF:100,000 hours       
90-264 VAC 10-5A 50/60Hz


 

Closer look

The EliteXStream is available in two different size variations for people to drool over. As stated in the introduction for the modest gamer and overclocker we have the 800 watt model, which we are going to review today. The second model is the massive 1 k model for the quad SLI/Crossfire user. As of now neither model is on nVidia’s SLIzone website. I can’t see why they can’t support systems using these configurations as these units supplies the power and amphere needed.

Closer look

OCZ’s EliteXStream motto is optimum power and stability in one single 12 volt rail. This eliminates having to split the rail over several sub-rails and resulting in stable less resistant power. All 62 amps are concentrated in this one rail. And when it comes down to efficiency the unit is rated above the 80Plus standard.

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I am used to a lot of flair when it comes to OCZ products making for a lot of show and go as they say in my other hobby, car modding. The entire casing of the EliteXStream is matte black unlike the ProXStream which has a shine that would blind a seeing  eye dog. Even the 120 mm fan and grill that are used to cool the internals are black.

And like any other power supply on the market, OCZ placed a label stating all the important specifications of the 3, 5 and 12 volt rails.

Even if it can’t be seen once installed, OCZ etched their logo big on the side of the power supply.

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The rear of the power supply is like many cases we review here…..uneventful. For better ventilation OCZ engulfed the whole side with small honeycomb holes.

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This is where you can develop a love it or hate it relationship with the EliteXStream. The unit has no modular connection as the legs on this one are all permanent. For less resistant OCZ opted for this route. The only issue that I have with the unit is that not all the lengths of cables are sleeved. On the four-pin and SATA extensions, the first plug is where the sleeving stops.

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This doesn’t make for a clean look.

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connectors connectors2

connectors3 connectors4

connectors5

Types of connectors

24 pin ATX

4 pin power

8 pin power

4 pin Molex

SATA

Floppy

6/8 pin PCI-e

 

 

1

 0

1

8

8

1

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.

We started the testing with a WattsUp Pro meter to measure watts use by the components listed above. And we used a standard digital multimeter to measure the rails of the power supply. To implement a load on the system, we ran Futuremark 3DMark06 at the highest settings with SuperPi and OCCT running in the background.

Testing rig specs:
 

CPU : Intel Core2Duo 8400

Motherboard: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe

Video card: Sapphire 3870 Toxic

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

3.34

5.04

12.1

Load

3.34

5.03

12.08

Noise

We were pleased with the noise level of the EliteXStream as well. At idle, the power supply was near silent. At load, things changed but just a little bit as the fan did spin a little faster, but not to the level where it was louder than the CPU and video cooling components.


 

Conclusion

Being the smaller of the two power supplies from the new EliteXStream lineup, the 800 watt model is more than capable of producing enough juice to power the best of gaming rigs. So, don’t be upset if you can’t fork over the extra $50 to $60 to get the 1 K model as you get all you would need with the 800 model.

The black coating is something that I like a lot as it doesn’t show off fingerprints like the shiner models. And with more and more cases being released with black insides, this new model from OCZ matches them well. But if you are one for the shiny look, step over to the ProXStream line but lose the single 12 voltage rail for a quad rail model.

And for the single 12 volt rail, if you are a believer in PC Power and Cooling motto, this is for the better as it is more stable that multi-rail model. Not having the proper equipment to support this belief, I am a buyer of the philosophy as well.

It you are a silent freak, you can trust the EliteXStream will not aid in noise to your system unless you are using a no-fan power supply. We were totally pleased with the noise levels of this new unit as it was quite a difference from the ProXStream which was pretty audible.

You can have the 800 watt EliteXStream unit for around $160 and the bigger 1 K unit for $235. This is not bad for someone looking for a power supply with some PC P&C traits.

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