Packaging and Appearance


The power supply comes in a somewhat understated black box, and unlike some competitors it doesn't contain all sorts of extraneous details on the various sides. The front of the box only shows a picture of the power supply and its name, while the back is a little more informative and includes the specifications and an outline of the major features. Inside the package, there's a plastic cover providing some small protection for the power supply (and keeping various bits from falling out during shipping). You also get a manual on a CD (highly useful for assembling a system, especially if you're building your first system!), power cord, screws, and a card detailing the warranty and discussing the proper disposal of electronic components.


Cooler Master certainly created a unique looking product, as the power supply is coated with a rough texture and it has rounded edges. It seems they are going after the "heavy-duty" look, and the surface looks somewhat like the lining of a truck bed. The fan grille has the same coating and includes the obligatory Cooler Master logo. The grille is connected using hex screws, either because they simply look cleaner or to try and keep prying hands out of the internals. Regular Phillips screws would have done just as well.

The back of the unit is perforated by many small holes in order to provide proper ventilation. Cooler Master uses a large specialized power connector for the plug, typical of their high-end units. There's also a power switch and an LED that glows white when the PSU is connected to the power grid. Besides the ventilation holes at the rear of the power supply, the only other place for air to enter or exit the casing is through the fan grille. This should help to direct airflow, provide optimal cooling, and avoid creating extra turbulence.

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  • andlcs - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - link

    Solid polymer capacitors are ELITE brand.
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  • sheh - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    20% load efficiency at is lower than 85% regardless of input voltage.
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  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    IIRC they test by the ATX methodology, not the 80Plus loading, which might account for the difference. Reply
  • MrOblivious - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    Or it could be the unit to unit variation, the different temperature, or the different load pattern, etc. ;) Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    Definitely true. The 80Plus loading methodology differs from the standard ATX loading, and that can easily account for the 1-2% difference between what Christoph measured and what CM reports. Reply
  • MrOblivious - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    80Plus does list what the requirements for certification on each test report (115v 60hz) and the load steps used to accomplish them. You can see the UCP report here: http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_reports/SP215_C...">http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_repo..._MASTER_...

    They don't list the temperature there but IIRC it is 25c (will have to check when I get home). Also, 80 Plus Silver is 85-88-85% not 82-85-82% as it seems to be indicated.
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  • tomoyo - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    I was just about to mention this as there's some misinformation on 80plus scattered about in the article. Hopefully you'll clean that up soon. To me it's a pretty big achievement to get 85-88-85 at 25C on 115V on a huge 900w psu like this one. One thing I've noticed is that some of the new low power psu models are showing extremely high low wattage efficiency such as 90-92%. Some of these include the two dell 80plus silver models and some of the new actel ones. 80plus Bronze is much easier to achieve as most 80plus psu's are already near 85% in the middle range. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    "80Plus Bronze requires at least 82% efficiency at 20% load, 85% efficiency at 50% load, and 82% efficiency at 100% load. 80Plus Silver bumps the requirements up to 85%/88%/85% for the same 20%/50%/100% loads. In short, the Cooler Master 900W UCP had better be able to reach 88% efficiency."

    I'm not sure how that's at all confusing. As to the UCP 900W actually achieving Silver in our tests, it does appear to fall just short at the 20% load mark, but only by ~1% (84% efficiency when it's supposed to be 85%). I'm not going to worry overly much on that point, as there's a certain margin of error in testing.
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  • MrOblivious - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    "Before you get too carried away with the high efficiency, however, we need to rain on your parade a bit. The 80Plus Silver badge means that most users will get at least 82% efficiency, but even 20% load represents a power output of 180W, which for an idle system represents a significant amount of high-end hardware."

    Since that is NOT what 80Plus Silver means it could be a bit misleading.
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  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - link

    Ah... I see my typo. I put that paragraph in, and apparently hit a 2 instead of 5. Should be 85% there, you're right.... Reply

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