I'm walking into a FedEx facility to pick up a very special package. I present my doortag to a clerk. A few moments later a hard-working employee comes out with a large white box in his hands:
FedEx Employee: "This is a heavy computer. All we get are Dells. What kind of computer is this?"
Me: "Uhh, well this isn't a computer. It's part of one though."
FedEx Employee: "Oh yeah?"
Me: "Yeah, it's a power supply..."
FedEx Employee: "Uhwhat? Damn."
About an hour later, I arrive at home, and only after carrying the box a little ways, finally laying it down inside my home on the floor did I echo the one word said previously. Which was. DAMN.
The Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad SLI PSU
The TC1KW4E is PC Power & Cooling's latest offering to the computer enthusiast. This is basically a 1KW, but with the modification of adding a dedicated 36A to your graphics cards. Video cards are becoming more and more advanced, and with this advancement in technology, there is a need for something rather basic: more power. The more advanced the video card, the more power it needs to breath life.
The Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad is PC Power & Coolings flagship series which sits alongside the 1KW.
If you're in the market for a Quad SLi system, it will still be a while because currently, the GeForce 7900 GX2 cards (~$925) are only available to manufacturers of high-end systems. nVidia says the new cards will be available exclusively to professionals because the GX2 cards require much more knowledge of system integration and power management. The real reason for keeping the cards off the retail shelves is not completely clear, but it could have something to do with creating more of a demand for the cards.
The price of the cards will predictively come down in the future after businesses who buy these cards in quantity (i.e., Alienware) manufacture enough high-end systems. Quad SLi is the next step in reaching amazing video quality for not just PC Gamers, but any other interest which deals with image manipulation at high resolutions (such as watching DVD (or even HD-DVD) movies on 30" LCD monitors).
Why Purchase A Quad SLI PSU Now?
Well, it comes down to upgradability. Since PC Power & Cooling have already created a PSU which will support Quad SLi, you can easily use the PSU for your current system, and when Quad SLi becomes more viable within the next year, you won't have to buy another PSU or mod it. That's a big convenience and that's exactly why I chose the TC1KW4E (Quad Sli PSU) over the 1KW. If you're thinking about the 1KW series, the Quad Sli version is the wise choice for future upgrades of powerful video cards. You won't need to purchase additional adapters for your PSU or any modifications at all. And since PC Power & Cooling PSUs are a long-term investment, it only makes sense to purchase the Quad SLi if you foresee running at least two video cards.
Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad SLI Features
Let's take a look at some of the major features and specs of the Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad SLI:
- 1KW Continuous (1.1KW Peak) @ 50°C
- 4 PCI Express Video Connectors for Quad SLi system
- Still fits in a standard ATX computer case
- +12VDC Rails Total 66A (70A Peak)
- High Efficiency with .99 Power Factor
- 15 Drive Connectors (6 are SATA)
- EPS12V, SLI, and SSI Compatibility
- Exceptionally clean DC output
- Quite Cooling System
- 5-Year Warranty
- MSRP: $499.00