OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Red Gaming Power Supply Review

Fatality 1000W front

OCZ has been a trusted computing brand for many years, and although they've recently begun evolving rapidly to chase markets where they might regain a higher level of profitability such as SSDs, and dropping lower profit sectors like RAM, their power supply lineup is as strong as ever.  OCZ is another of many manufacturers to adopt a gaming line under the "Fatal1ty" name, much as athletes are used to market a variety of products to project an image of quality and a winning philosophy.

OCZ's Take

Features

Pros don't just play games, pros win games!
Dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, OCZ’s latest PSU was co-developed with twelve-time world champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel to meet the specific needs of fellow gamers in performance, stability, and ease of integration to reduce system downtime.

Built for Gamers
The OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU sports a gaming-ready look with a sleek design, clean connectors, and a glowing red LED fan. With a high build quality using 100% Japanese capacitors and a powerful single +12V rail, this PSU is capable of delivering 1000W of continuous power at 50°C ideal for a demanding multi-GPU gaming rig.

Efficient Performance
With 80-PLUS Gold certification and powered by a large 140mm thermally-controlled fan to reduce heat in your case, maintain ultimate stability and silence during the most intense gaming sessions by eliminating distracting noises from your PC.

Premium Modular Cabling System
Featuring individually-sleeved modular cables, the Fatal1ty Series eliminates unnecessary wire clutter for a cleaner overall presentation and superior airflow in high end systems that are packed with components.

Leading Warranty and Support
The Fatal1ty 1000W Series comes backed by a 5-Year warranty for the ultimate peace of mind.

 

Specs

  • Continuous 1000W output at 50°C

  • Built with 100% Japanese low ESR 105°C capacitors

  • Single +12V rail

  • Temperature and load controlled 140mm double ball-bearing fan with Red LED

  • 80-Plus Gold certified for up to 90% efficiency (typical load)

  • Individually sleeved modular cables

  • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC)

  • ErP compliant for low power usage in standby

  • Heavy-duty protection circuitry

  • Dimensions: 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L)

  • MTBF: 100,000 Hours

  • 5-Year Warranty

Connectors

  • 1 x 20+4-pin ATX

  • 2 x 4+4-pin ESP/12V CPU

  • 6 x 6+2-pin PCIe

  • 8 x 4-pin Peripheral

  • 12 x 5-pin SATA

  • 2 x Floppy

All descriptions, features, and specs courtesty of OCZ Technology's Website.

 


Packaging

The packaging comes in an aggressive red/black color scheme with a shaded silouhette of Fatal1ty shadowing one side.  The 80-Plus Gold certification is prominently displayed, and the specs and features displayed on the box.  It's not too often that we find something particularly noteworthy about the box or packaging, but OCZ has packaged the power supply in a draw-string back which gives a premium product a premium feel right out of the box.  Ontop of that, a velcro-closed pouch neatly holds all of the modular cables in a similar fashion that we see in Cooler Master's Silent Pro Hybrid series.  In addition to the cables and the PSU itself, the box opens up to a user's manual, a baggie of small black zip-ties, and a heavy-gauge power cable.


Out of its protective bag, OCZ's Fatal1ty power supply provides a unique visual experience.  The surface is textured and well diffused, so it has a completely matte finish.  Ontop of that, the graphics are cleanly printed on the sides, and certainly adds a unique appearance.  The graphics are flipped so that they'll be right-side up whether mounting with the fan facing up or down.  The unit itself has an oblong profile, as with most high-wattage power supplies.

 

 

The back surface has a large-holed mesh structure, and the top sports a 140mm double ball-bearing fan with gamer-targetted red LEDs.  The two rows of modular connectors are cleanly laid out, and organized such that like cables may be more easily bundled together.  The connectors are red to create a nice contrast on the back panel and continue the red/black color scheme.  It's not a fully modular design, but the tradeoff here is that you'll need the motherboard, CPU, and two PCI-e cables regardless (if you actually need a 1000W power supply), and eliminating the modular connection for those cables allows for greater overall efficiency as well as lower cost.

 

OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Power Supply Cables

By far one of the most special aspects of the Fatal1ty power supply is the premium cabling.  Individually-sleeved cables have been offered by modders and custom builders for some time, but it's a very time-intensive process which also demands some skill and craftsmanship (and a lot of patience), which leads to those services costing more than the average builder would be willing to shell out.  Several manufacturers have followed that up with premium cable extensions, which add around 6-inches of premium individually-sleeved goodness for a cleaner look.  

 


So what makes the Fatal1ty power supply so special is that it's the first to offer full-lenth individual sleeving out of the box.  And the result is fantastic, as we'll show in the installation portion after the break.  In addition to looking great, individually sleeved cables also tend to be easier to manage, as there's a bit of a flexibility in the individual wires to get them to lay flat, or manipulate them a bit for a super clean and flush cable routing job.  The modular cables offer 6 total 6+2 pin PCI-e cables, 8 four-pin molex, 12 SATA cables, and two floppy-drive cables.

 


Installation

Installing the OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W power supply is a breeze due to the ease of running and organizing the modular cables, and the little extra wiggle room you find with the individual cables. At first I was a bit concerned about the lenght of the cables, but everything reached in the COSMOS II, but the CPU power connectors were close to not making it.  They're drawn snug, but they don't pull on the CPU power connector, but being that the COSMOS II presents the worst case scenario with most motherboards, there should be adequate length for nearly any case.

 

As many cases now have the PSU mounted downwards, most of the lighting will be lost to the bottom of your case.  But as is the case with the Cooler Master COSMOS II, it adds a bit of illumination to the bottom bay, and casts a gentle glow out the back.  And for those who love what the Fatal1ty power supply lineup offers but aren't fond of the lights, it won't be hard to shield them enough where they won't be noticeable, but that's completely up to your own personal preference.

 

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OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Back LED LightsOCZ Fatal1ty 1000W LED

 

Test Setup

Test System:

CPU: Intel i7-3930K @ 4.5GHz/1.45V

CPU Cooling:  Arctic Freezer i30

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

RAM: 4x4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 4 1333MHz DDR3

GPU: ASUS GTX 560Ti 448 Core @860/950 MHz

OS HDD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB MaxIOPS

Secondary HDD: Patriot Pyro SE 60GB

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

 


Testing

Since we are still in the process of raising funds to acquire power supply testing equipment, we do not yet have the capability to do fully stability, power signal quality, and regulation testing.  We don't use our PC to load the power supply, because it's highly variable, and would ultimately result in us drawing conclusions for something which just isn't right.  So rather than doing an injustice to ourselves and our readers by pretending we can draw accurate-enough conclusions from this type of testing, we will stick to a tops-down and high level analysis of how it performs.

 

OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Internals


One consideration, and one which is often glossed over a bit in the gaming market, is fan noise.  The fan is a relatively large 140mm HA1425H12B-Z with red LEDs.  140mm fans generally allow for quieter operation than smaller fans, as it accelerates more air, but the air moves more slowly, and the slower the air is moving, the less noisy it is.  The result is an equivalent (or more) amount of airflow, but at a lower noise level.  However, HA1425H12B-Z is capable of running up to 2800RPM, which can be quite loud with a 140mm fan size.  The fan is whisper quiet when at idle, and actually doesn't get as loud as I was originally expecting under heavy load.  It's still not remarkably loud, and often in gaming PCs, it's an afterthought anyway.  Ontop of that, when you're gaming, you're likely to have headset or audio which tones it out, and being under a desk or a bulkier case will further isolate the potential noise.

 


Throughout heavy benchmarking for testing of components listed in the test setup, we never observed the slightest indication of power instability, not that we'd expect any. The unit employs high quality components, such as Nippon ChemiCon 105°C capacitors, and an overall clean layout, as shown above.  Low profile heatsinks keep the arrangement organized, while still providing adequate fin surface area to keep the power supply cool.  The 12V power is also supplied on a single robust rail, feeding a total continuous 1KW to your power-hungry components across all of the rails.

 


Final Thoughts

 When it's all said and done, OCZ's Fatal1ty 1000W power supply is one which will be coveted by those concerned with aesthetics.  The individually-sleeved cables are very well done, look great, and facilitate an easier over cable managment process.  The unit itself has unique graphics and a clean matte finish, and the red LED adds a splash of gamer-centric attitude.  The cables should be long enough to fit in any standard case with a motherboard with a CPU power connector at the upper left, assuming that the CPU power cord hole on the motherboard tray is reasonably close to the power port itself.  During heavy usage, we never experienced any issues in terms of power stability.  Even though this isn't a sure sign of a good power supply in and of itself, given the quality capacitors and other components along with the careful design and layout of the PCB, it appears at a high-level to be a stellar power supply. 

 

Installation was a breeze, and the end result with the individually sleeved cables was nothing short of awesome.  Idle operation is whisper quiet, and the relatively-noisy operation when the fan is at 100% is still nothing  I'd consider an annoyance, and the gaming target audience for this power supply will likely find it to be an afterthought.  The red LEDs look good, and case a nice glow, although it's somewhat lost with most modern cases which mount upside down on the bottom of the case.  All of these factors alongside slick presentation out of the box and an 80 Plus Gold certification puts OCZ's gamer-centric power supply right in the thick of things.  It can be found for around $200 if you choose carefully, which also puts it in a fairly competitive price point, especially given it's rather niche offerings.  We also must not forget to mention that you'll also be backed up by a 5-year warranty, protecting your investment, and possibly helping you make the jump to a "future-proofed" power supply, since we haven't a clue what the future after 5 years will hold in store for us.

 

 

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