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Cooler Master UCP 900W

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Posted July 17, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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The Cooler Master UCP 900W is a bit of an interesting product as it occupies a spot in the high-end market segment since it flirts with the kilowatt range, but it’s not quite there. Nor is it a mid-range product in the 750-800W range either; it would seem the UCP 900W has one foot in either world, so to speak. Accordingly, it doesn’t carry the enormous price tag of a top kilowatt unit either. Currently retailing for approximately $175 USD, the UCP 900W delivers good value for what is being offered, putting it squarely in the middle of the pricing structure for power supplies of this market segment. Add in a 5 year warranty and consumers are left with a very compelling product to satisfy high-end power needs.

From a feature standpoint, the unit supports SLI/CrossFire setups, and is coated in a striking scratch-resistant finish, probably the most robust we’ve come across to date.  The aesthetics may be slightly uninspiring, but they’re certainly up to the task for most consumers, and with an all-black exterior the UCP should fit in with just about any internal case aesthetics. From a functional standpoint, the UCP 900W has excellent voltage regulation and efficiency, and a quiet operation when running at lower loads. When heavily loaded, however, the fan does ramp up and is more audible but it’s by no means loud. The 120mm fan is a bit of a puzzling choice, seeing as Cooler Master’s Real Power Pro Series 850W (the closest to the 900W here) offers a 135mm silent fan. Nonethless, the UCP 900W is certainly one of the more quiet power supplies we’ve tested.

Unfortunately there isn’t a modular setup here, so you will have extra cables to tuck away in your case. The cable lengths are very generous which is notable since we usually see power supplies fail in this department. That is thankfully not the case here with the UCP 900W, though with the lack of a modular setup that will mean you’ll have extra cables to hide or tuck away as a result.

In the end, the Cooler Master UCP 900W is a very good all-around power supply to satisfy higher-end performance needs; it has sharp aesthetics, great features, excellent performance, and a good price. The only detraction here is the non-modular setup. But if that’s something that isn’t paramount in your criteria list then the UCP 900W should be on your purchase shortlist.

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Cooler Master UCP 900W

Our thanks go to Cooler Master for providing the UCP 900W for this review.

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