Ultra X4 850W and 1050W Power Supplies Review

Ultra Products is a marketer of a wide variety of PC products ranging from media readers to computer chassis to power supplies to cables to memory and on through a seemingly unending list of product categories.

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Ultra Products is a marketer of a wide variety of PC products ranging from media readers to computer chassis to power supplies to cables to memory and on through a seemingly unending list of product categories. It has had its fair share of trials and tribulations as some of their PSUs got off to a rocky start in North America. Ultra is now fairly well known in both power supply and regular PC peripheral circles. Some credit for their brand awareness is also due to the striking looks of many of their products which set them apart in the early days of its marketing effort. All this coupled with the wide use of modular cables is what drove much of Ultra’s high profile in the power supply market. It has been sometime since we covered an Ultra power supply, but today we have the opportunity to review a pair of units from Ultra’s new X4 line, the X4 850W (U12-40503) and the X4 1050W (U12-40502).

Andyson is a company that end users may or may not be familiar with as they do not have a retail presence in North America but they have provided the basis for a number of Hiper power supplies, Sunbeamtech power supplies, and others. Ultra has also used Andyson for some of their other power supplies including members of their X-Pro line of branded power supplies (X-Pro 600w EE) and the X3 series (X3 600W, X3 1000W and X3 1600W) so we have become somewhat familiar with their products.

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The Ultra X4 850W and 1050W are the 7th and 8th power supplies we have reviewed from Ultra. In this process, Ultra has had some hits and some stellar misses. Today, we are looking at the X4 line which is replacing the X3 line for the first time and previously the X3 line had several award winners in its midst. Hopefully, with the addition of an extra X Ultra has improved upon the results we saw with the X3 1000W as while good and award winning in its time, that design is definitely dated today (the X3 1600W on the other hand still reigns as the largest capacity power supply we have seen to date). First, let's see what does Ultra have to say about this new X4 line.

Ultra has taken a whole new approach to computer power supplies with the Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply. With Ultra's patened[sic] Modular Design, you only connect the cables which you need increasing airflow and giving your chassis that nice clean-look. The Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply uses a 135mm fan improves airflow throughout the chassis while keeping noise at a minimum. The Ultra X4 Modular Power Supply is intergrated[sic] short circuit protection and thermal overload sensors automatically[sic] protects the PC when surges or overheating become an issue. With 3 year standard and lifetime warranty available upon registration, Ultra's customer service meets the highest industry standards.

Now that we know what Ultra expects from these new power supplies let’s see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the X4 850W or X4 1050W in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.