Cables and Connectors
- One white and black braided 60cm 24-pin ATX cable
- One white and black braided 60cm 4+4-pin 12V CPU power cable
- Two white and black braided 55cm 6-pin PCI-Express cables with red connectors
- Two white and black braided 55cm 6+2-pin PCI-Express cables with red connectors
- One white and black braided cable with three black Molex connectors at 45cm, 55cm and 65cm
- One white and black braided cable with four black Molex connectors at 45cm, 55cm, 65cm and a floppy connector at 75cm
- One white and black braided cable with three black SATA connectors at 45cm, 55cm and 65cm
- One white and black braided cable with four black SATA connectors at 45cm, 55cm, 65cm and 75cm
The Molex and SATA cables come from one main tube that’s 15cm long, then they are split into the separate bundles detailed above. This is an approach we’ve seen before, but it’s still relatively novel – by bundling them out of the PSU it cuts down on cables tangling at the top, but still allows them all to be routed in the ways you want.
The small 10cm gaps between the cables should work for most where the drives are close together, however if you’re trying to make one reach a connector awkwardly placed away on the motherboard or soundcard (Asus Xonar for example) it could prove to be a little stretched. The Molex connectors do even get the extra push-release bits on them for easy removal.
The cables look good – the snake-like black braid with white stripe is very typical of Enermax. The braid goes right the way into the PSU so it looks smarter, but at the connector end the braid stops well short of the connectors. However, the heatshrink doesn’t use a zip-tie underneath so it looks much smarter than most.
The more powerful 525W and 625W models have a solid 24-pin ATX socket but the lower power 425W and 385W versions have a 20+4-pin plug for better legacy support – those who are upgrading an older machine for a little money for example. Enermax has included the 4+4-pin connector that we’re very much in favour of because it’s the most convenient and least intrusive method of providing both connectors.
The Enermax Pro 82+ 625W has both ATI CrossFire and Nvidia SLI certification, although some might think for a 625W to include four PCI-Express connectors with two 8-pins is quite a brave thing. However it's rated ti handle a couple of GeForce 9800 GX2s - effectively four GPU cores and memory.
The 625W has a 6-pin and 8-pin per 12V rail - both these support 22 Amps, or 264W which should be enough, and the third 12V rail is used by the CPU. The Molex and SATA connectors also share the PCI-Express 12V rails but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem beyond hard drive spin-up. On the 525W and 425W models these PCI-Express connectors are scaled back accordingly: three for the 525W and two for the 425W.