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Cougar PowerX 550W

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Posted January 9, 2013 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Price at time of Review: $70
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Metallic red finish, great price, good performance
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Paint finish easily scratches, only one Japanese capacitor
 

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From Cougar: “The latest released COUGAR PowerX PSU should be your coolest solution of budget and energy-saving products. With it’s edgy exterior design of orange and black colors, and its 80Plus Bronze certificated high efficiency (87%), the COUGAR PowerX series is a must-have for all gamers and PC enthusiasts. The COUGAR PowerX PSUs are fully compliant with the latest ATX12V technology, and support multi-CPU and multi-GPU platforms. For users that are used to recharge their portable devices like smart phones or tablets, COUGAR PowerX PSUs can also prevent your valuable devices from voltage damages with its 5Vsb OverVolt Protection.”

Below are the features:

  • 80-PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED
    Up to 87% efficiency
  • COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST PC-TECHNOLOGY
    Supports the newest specifications of ATX12V
    Created for usage with current and next-generation multi-core CPU platforms
  • SUPPORT MULTI-GPU TECHNOLOGY
    Support PCI Express 2.0 next-generation graphic card with 8(6+2)pin PCI-E connector
  • ACTIVE POWER FACTOR CORRECTION (ACTIVE PFC)
    PF value up to 99%, provides clean and reliable power
  • ULTRA-QUIET & TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED 120mm FAN
    Temperature-controlled design adapts its rotating speed to the PSU temperature. Even on its highest rotating level the fan is still quiet enough to be barely noticeable
  • INTEGRATED AIR INLET DESIGN
    Optimal air-dynamical design, lead to more silent operation
  • JAPANESE CAPACITOR
    High durable Japanese capacitor provides uncompromised performance and reliability
  • 5Vsb OVP DESIGN
    Provide full protection for your USB devices
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE AT 40°C
    Non-stop high performance and full rated wattage at 40°C/104°F ambient temperature
  • DYNAMIC Dual-12V
    Automatic dynamic load distribution on dual-12V line to provide power separately to the GPU and the CPU. If you are not using all output lines, the PSU automatically reroutes needed power from unused lines. This improves the performance of the 12V lines considerably for systems with high-end graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire mode. and provide high voltage stability to keep components safe
  • SUPPORTS THE ENERGY STAR 5.0
    Compatible with Energy star 5.0 computer system
  • FULL PROTECTIONS WITH OCP, SCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP

The included cable connectors for the PowerX 550W are as follows:

  • ATX 24/20 Pin: 1
  • EPS/ATX12V 8-4pin: 1
  • 6+2 pin PCI-E: 2
  • SATA: 6
  • 4-pin Peripheral/Molex: 3
  • Floppy: 1

The box for the PowerX 550W is black and orange-coloured, with the namesake printed on the front, along with a few other tidbits of info such as length of warranty (3 years), wattage (550W), and 80PLUS Bronze.

The rear of the box contains a bit more detailed information, such as the features and specifications, same as we noted on the previous page here.

The accessories included are very minimal, only the absolute necessities: user’s guide, mounting screws, and power cable.

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