So then, as always we start with the simple stuff, the packaging so you know what to look for in the stores. The PSU inside is packaged nicely and protected in a carton. Ours however is an early sample, so packaging might change a bit really. The AX1500i is an update to the AX1200i with the main changes being an increase in efficiency, overall lower noise and LINK control (there is a 1200i version as well btw, but that one is Platinum certified. Fantastic to see (or hear depending how you look at things) is that the PSU remains fan-less until it passes 30% load. So up-to 450 Watt this beast is 100% silent.
The PSU and cables all come in a carton packaging protected with plastic. The PSU is protected by a cloth pouch and the modular cables can be found in a pouch as well.
After unpacking, not a dent, scratch or smudge was on the unit. I like it, the PSU breathes this stylish matte dark finish with a black theme. The PSU is ready for all current CPU & GPU generations and offers high capacity on its single +12V rail which is great for multi-GPU graphics solutions or really high end graphics cards. That's a whole lot of cables alright ! GPU connectors for example, you'll receive ten 6+2-pin PCI PEG headers.
At the front side we spot a honeycomb air vent; it allows for optimal airflow running through the PSU, cooling down its components and keeping them nicely efficient. Also, obviously we spot the power connector and the on/off switch.
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