Globalwin Sapphire 520w PSU Review

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Introduction

Globalwin has come out with their first series of power supplies which they have named Sapphire. These power supplies come in either a 420w or520w version, the one that I received is a 520w. This power supply has some nice features on it such as: case fan controlling connector, serial ATA HDD connectors, gold plated connector pins, OVP (Over Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection). This power supply is also rated at 19 dB which makes it very quiet, this is something I always love. The power supply uses a dual fan design having one fan in the front and one in the back. Along with all these features the power supply boasts an awesome titanium surface, windows, and LED fans.

The power supply comes inside of a nice shrink wrapped box. On the top of the box there is a picture of the power supply which looks really nice. The side of the box has some specifications such as power levels and a list of features that it has, such as an active PFC and being SATA ready.

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This Gloablwin power supply sports a titanium coating just like the True Silent 450w power supply that I previously reviewed. I truly like the coating on these power supplies because it gives it a mirror finish. The bottom of the power supply has a blue window in the housing so you can see all of the innards which is cool for people who have windows in their cases. More and more companies are catering to the modding community and pumping out products with windows, cathodes, and LED fans. The top of the power supply has a sticker with the standard warnings and power ratings so that you will be sure your getting what you want.

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Both sides of the power supply also have a blue windows so that you can see inside and for the light from the LEDs to get out. Even though one side of the power supply will not be seen in most cases because of the fact that most cases do not have a window on the back side Globalwin still gave it a window. This is something people with clear cases or fully modded cases will like a lot, it would look less impressive with only one side window.

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I unscrewed the four screws holding the cover on the power supply to see what kind of innards it had. The PCB on top of is blue to match the windows and LEDs within the power supply which will add to the professional look. I admire when a company makes the effort to make their product the best that they can even to the smallest detail. If it were another color when you looked through the windows the PCB would probably look ugly. Globalwin has also done a great job heatsinking the inside of the unit to keep it cool. On one side of the power supply there is a smaller PCB which is used to control the three fan only Molex connectors.

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This is the first power supply I have seen with serial ATA connectors actually on the unit which is nice to see because eventually Serial ATA devices will become more prominent. Normally newer power supplies coming out are “SATA ready” but they do not include an adapter or connectors which is pretty bad in my opinion. This power supply also has three fan only Molex headers which control the fans connected to them by the PCB within the power supply. Its nice to see more companies using these fan only Molex because you dont have to waste the real Molex on fans. Along with the serial ATA, and fan only connections, this power supply has eight Molex, two berg, one auxiliary, one 12v, and one ATX power connector(s). The length of the cables on this power supply look to be a little longer than they need to be but we will see for sure on the next page.

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