In Win Commander 850 Watt Power Supply

Posted by on Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 4:55am

In Win Commander 850The power supply is the foundation of any computer. Without it, all that expensive, high-performance gear just sits idle. You can go without a case. Some people do. However, none of those bells and whistles are going to make a peep, if you don't have a power supply. Not only that, but you should never skimp on your power supply. I've seen more than a few computers taken out by a failing PSU. I've even seen one catch fire at a Lan Party I was attending. The site of a grown man crying isn't pretty. It is especially ugly when all of his friends are playing video games and making fun of him. Don't let it happen to you. Get a good power supply. Coincidentally, I'm reviewing the In Win 850 watt Commander PSU today. We're going to find out if it has what it takes to keep your computer working safely at peak efficiency.

 

 

Introduction to the In Win Commander 850

The power supply is the foundation of any computer. Without it, all that expensive, high-performance gear just sits idle. You can go without a case. Some people do. However, none of those bells and whistles are going to make a peep, if you don't have a power supply. Not only that, but you should never skimp on your power supply. I've seen more than a few computers taken out by a failing PSU. I've even seen one catch fire at a Lan Party I was attending. The site of a grown man crying isn't pretty. It is especially ugly when all of his friends are playing video games and making fun of him. Don't let it happen to you. Get a good power supply. Coincidentally, I'm reviewing the In Win 850 watt Commander PSU today. We're going to find out if it has what it takes to keep your computer working safely at peak efficiency.

In Win on In Win

"IN-WIN Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1986, IN-WIN provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service."

In Win on the Commander

"All other power supply need step aside as the Commander series from In Win rolls in full force ready for battle. High end users will enjoy the Modularized Cable Management System which makes customizing simple and easy. The Commander Series offers a number of features, from Patented 4-Pin Molex Connectors to its Japanese Industrial Grade Components. Offering only the best in specifications, In Win offers users the option of choosing their wattage needs: 650, 750, 850."


 

Packaging and Contents

The 850 Watt Commander comes shrink-wrapped in a camouflaged retail box with pictures of the product, specifications, features and certifications printed on its sides.

Opening the box, we find the user manual, modular cable carrying bag, additional bag, various modular cables, power chord, screws and the PSU itself, encased in bubble wrap. All in all there are 9 modular cables, accounting for a 20/24 ATX connector, a 4+4 cpu power lead, 4 6+2 PCI-E connectors, 4 SATA, 7 standard molex and a floppy connector. The commander should have no trouble connecting to every single component in a modern computer with the exception of the most exotic builds. 

Specifications

Max DCOutput Current:
1. +3.3V/30A
2. +5V/30A
3. -12V/0.8A
4. +12V1/18A
5. +12V2/18A
6. +5VSB/3A
7. 12V3/30A
8. 12V4/30A
AC Input:
1. 100~240VAC
2. 47HZ~63Hz
3. 10A/5A
Total Power:
850W
PFC:
Full Range Active PFC
MTBF:
1. >100
2. 000 hours
Full Protection:
1. OVP
2. OCP
3. OPP
4. UVP
5. SCP
Type:
ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91 Version
Fan:
Silent 14cm Two Ball Beaning Fan
Efficiency:
>80%
Dimension(HxWxD):
150 x 160 x86mm

Features

Supports NVIDIA SLI & Quad SLI and All Multi-Core GPU Technologies
 
High Efficiency up to 88%
 
Modularized Cable Management System
 
8(6+2) Pin PCI-E Connectors for Multi-GPU Graphic Cards
 
Four Independent +12V Rails
 
Silent 14cm Double Ball-Bearing Fan
 
Patented 4 Pin Molex Connectors
 
Intelligent Fan Speed Control for Optimal Acoustic
 
Active Power Factor Correction (PF>0.99)
 
Supports ATX 12V 2.3/ EPS 12V 2.91
 
MTBF>120,000 Hours
 
Independent Voltage Circuit
 
Protections: Over Current, Over Voltage, Over Power, Under Voltage and Short Circuit Protections
 
Japanese Industrial Grade Components (Capacitor, etc.)

 

Closer look at the Commander 850
The Commander sports a matte green finish. The top boasts product information and certifications. Bottom side, we see the 14cm two ball bearing fan and grill. Right PSU side is devoid of detail, except for cooling vents. On the left side, we find a cool decal with more product information and logo. 

Here we have the honeycomb grill and the rocker switch. This promotes air flow and that's a good thing.  Flipping over the PSU, we see 9 modular sockets. I like the inclusion of modular cables in a power supply. It allows for better cable management as you only have to use the ones you need. Covers over the sockets is a stroke of genius. As the inside of a computer can be a virtual vortex of hot air and dust, this will keep the unused connections clean.


 

Installation

Installing the commander is a straight forward procedure. Put it in place, insert and tighten its screws and connect all cables you need to the motherboard, etc. I want to take a moment to compliment In Win, the Commander shows an exemplary example of what modular cabling can be. Many PSU's needlessly make the ATX molex modular. Who doesn't use the ATX cable?  On the In Win, it is the only cable not modular. Kudos to In Win for common sense.

Performance

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. 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.

To put the commander through it's paces under real world conditions, we're using an Intel Core 2 Duo 6850 system with a power hungry eVGA 8800 gtx, creative x-fi and several usb peripherals on top of the usual, dvd-rw, 2 sata hdd, etc. For this review, I went a step further and kept testing the Commander for over two months.

Average Results

 

3.3v

5.0v

12v

Idle

3.372

5.0612

12.188

Load

3.337

5.0421

12.112

These are very respectable readings. The Commander is definitely a work horse. During the months of testing, I suffered several weather related power outages and a surge, but the Commander kept going, where cheaper PSU's might have been fried under similar conditions.


Conclusion

The 850 In Win Commander is a tough, dependable power supply. It has one of the most elegant modular cabling solutions I've ever seen. Rock steady under load, you will be hard pressed to find a better PSU. At roughly $200 online, you get what you pay for. I give the In Win Commander our Highly Recommended award.

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