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Cooler Master-The Modular or Not to Modular?

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Now for the fully modular counterpart, the Cooler Master MWE 750 gold, as the name suggests, this PSU’s wires are completely removable. Why is this a Pro or a Con? Pro’s include the ability to pick and choose which cables you need for your build and overall a tidier build. Con’s well if you throw away the box, just make sure to put the spare cables in a labeled ziplock bag. This is important as many cables fit other PSUs but do not share the same pin-out. This can result in damage to system components where higher voltages go to lower voltage specification components such as a 12V+ going to a 3V+, reversed the parts will be underpowered and you may not see any damage if you are lucky. Another pro to the modular series is the ability to make custom cables. This is still possible with non-modular PSUs, however, will require extensive modding to the chassis of the PSU.

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master

Product Name/Link to Website:http://www.coolermaster.com/powersupply/power-supplies-by-wattage/mwe-gold-750-full-modular/

 

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Cooler Master is pretty consistent with their packaging, matching the overall aesthetic to the non-modular model’s packaging. The same matte black, cardboard construction and both PSU’s have the same warranty and Gold efficiency rating.

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TOTAL POWER 750W
MODEL MPY-7501-AFAAG
TYPE INTEL ATX 12V V2.31
PFC ACTIVE PFC(>0.9)
INPUT VOLTAGE 100-240V
INPUT RANGE FULL RANGE
INPUT FREQUENCY 50-60HZ
DIMENSIONS 160X150X86MM/ 6.3X5.9X3.4INCH
FAN TYPE 120MM SILENCIO FP FAN
POWER GOOD SIGNAL 100-500MS
HOLD UP TIME >14MS AT 100% LOAD
EFFICIENCY 90% @ TYPICAL LOAD
MTBF >100,000 HOURS
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0-45C
PROTECTIONS UVP/OVP/OPP/OTP/SCP
REGULATORY CCC,CE,CTUVUS,FCC,BSMI,TUV,RCM,EAC,KC
CONNECTORS M/B 24 PIN X1

CPU 4+4 PIN X1

PCI0E 6+2 PIN X4

SATA X8

PERIPHERAL 4PIN X6

FLOPPY 4 PIN X1

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One thing to note about the side of the packaging that has the connectors and cables included in the box is clearly marked to the region it should be sold in. This is important since pin-outs can change going region to region since not all power outlets are the same and are different voltages around the world.

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The foam and packaging are exactly the same as the non-modular PSU, the only difference is the foam that encases the PSU does not have a notch cut in it where the cable would come from the PSU body. Beneath the large flat foam, is the user guide, mounting screws and the bundle of cables.

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As is customary with PSU’s due to their weight they are shipped in dense foam with a plastic or felt bag covering the actual unit to prevent foreign debris from entering the PSU’s frame.

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The cables come bundled in two pairs. One pair is for the ATX 24 pin and the other bundle is the remaining cables, both are bound with only a single twist tie. Similar to the non-modular variant, the 24 pin is the only cable that comes sleeved in a black mesh.

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Overall the PSU has a very clean and minimal look. Nothing glaring other than the gold 80 plus rating logo, but with some black vinyl, easily covered up. This is something I personally look at for PSUs when it comes to builds that cannot be modded per the client’s restrictions. The subtle colors allow PSUs like this to fit in any build, without clashing on the theme.

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The left side of the unit has a full list of the voltages, certifications and the efficiency rating. On the right, is a very tasteful Cooler Master logo, with the model number and some faded to solid stripes.

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On the face of the PSU is the clearly listed ports for the modular cables. One thing to keep in mind is that the CPU and PCIe cables share the same rail. This can cause some issues with boards that require multiple CPU and PCIe cable connections. This is not a deal breaker but is something to be mindful of. The rear does have a perforated panel to allow cool air to be brought in and exhausted from the top 120mm fan.

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Coolermaster uses the same 18 AWG on their 750watt series PSU, which molds well and the bends from having them bundled in shipping can be worked out easily. Cables have a decent length on them ranging from 16 inches to 24 inches. 

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