Cables and Connectors
Cables Connected to the PSU:
- One 50cm 20+4-pin ATX connector
- One 50cm 4+4-pin EPS12V CPU power cable
- Four 50cm 6+2-pin PCI-Express power connectors
- Two SATA cables with connectors at 50cm, 65cm and 80cm
- One cable with Molex connectors at 50cm, 65cm, 80cm and 95cm
- One cable with Molex connectors at 50cm, 65cm, 80cm and a floppy connector at 95cm
In-Win perpetuates the idea that despite being modular, everything in a case should be 50cm away, because that's the single cable length included. If, like the rest of us though, you've a case where components are stacked and slotted various distances from the PSU, then inevitably this will mean an element of cable tidying rather than finding the length that fits best.
It's particularly annoying for the peripheral cables, of which there are more Molex than SATA and only six SATA to boot. That's quite disappointing for a high wattage PSU where the weighting these days is for SATA power to SATA optical drives and hard drives, with many in our community claiming this many wouldn't be enough.
While 50cm of cable should be enough for most cases, those with larger cases may want to look elsewhere, especially if the PSU mounting is in the bottom.
The PSU includes a 4+4-pin EPS12V power connector that gives the option of either 4 or 8-pin according to your motherboard, but it's missing an extra 8-pin for workstation boards. Although, this is a "gamey" PSU designed for "normal" consumer boards, so we'll forgive In-Win.
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Including four 6+2-pin connectors on a 750W is almost unheard of, mostly because a pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2s can consume 784.9W at the wall
in an overclocked Core i7 system - so minus the full load efficiency of 85.1 percent, means that the Commander can handle it because its peak pull is less than 700W. That said, plus extra hard drives and peripherals will push that up a lot higher, however neither Nvidia nor AMD warrant less than 1,000W PSUs for tri and quad GPU situations. Basically, the cables may be provided by In-Win, but be careful how you use them.
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The connector choices are fantastic - the SATA gets some 90 degree connectors mid-cable, the Molex gets push-release clips, the PCI-Express gets a full extra +2 cable that sits discretely next to the usual 6-pin plug and finally both the EPS12V and ATX are neat 20+4 and 4+4-pin that clip together. The red ends of the PCI-Express connectors can be easily differentiated to know which plugs into the PSU and the other into the card. Generally speaking, the braiding quality is excellent with a tight fit and secure, glued ends - we can't fault it.
What's lacking though is the wire gauge because In-Win uses slightly thinner 18 AWG wire instead of thicker 16 AWG that a few other premium manufacturers use, like Seasonic, Antec, Cooler Master and Akasa.