My first impression is that the Xigmatek Maverick S 500W is quite heavy for its small size, which leads me to believe that it’s construction is of a higher caliber than its competitors at similar pricing points. The cables feel like very nice quality with proper gauge cores for their applications. Additionally the mains power cable is quite hefty for a 500w unit, which is something similar PSUs usually do not feature.
Here you can see a high-level shot of the rear of the PSU and its modular connectors. You will instantly notice that this is not a fully modular unit, but that is not expected at this pricing point anyway. I am quite impressed with the solid black on black look as this will make hiding the cables from view much easier later on. I am equally impressed with the density of the sleeving featured on the 24-pin ATX cable. It does a great job at hiding the bundle of wires that tunnel their way through it.
Taking a closer look at the modular connectors reveals a very clear and to-the-point identification label. Each connector is clearly marked, and easy to identify. You will also notice the rubber grommet used to prevent chafing of the 24-Pin cables.I would prefer this grommet to be a little more substantial, but I am sure this will serve its purpose well.
Flipping the Maverick S 500W around, we can see that the back panel has been punched out with only about 20% of its metal remaining. This provides extremely well airflow over the components all the way down to the PCB level, meaning that smaller components are not missing out getting cooled by the airflow.
Taking a look at the top (or bottom depending on your cases PSU orientation) we can see a very bright and vibrant orange Xigmatek branded fan. I actually love the contrast between the black case and bright orange fan here.
Taking a look at the left side of the Maverick S, we can see its branding label which carries over the artwork from the packaging.
Zooming in on the right side of the Maverick S we can see the identification and specifications label. You might note the 80-Plus Bronze badge here as well as all of the legally-required information such as input voltages, output voltages, FCC ratings, CE Ratings and more.
Finally we are going to take a look at the modular cables supplied with the Maveric S. We can see that the Sata, and molex cables feature a very sleek flat design that really helps create a sleek and elegant look when performing cable management in your build. Unfortunately the two included PCIe cables are sleeved round versions and not the same flat design. I am not sure why Xigmatek chose to not have these conform to the others, but I am sure they had a reason. Finally you can see that the mains power cable is on par with the same size cable you would find in an 800W to 1000W PSU.