Enermax Liberty ECO 500w ATX PSU
Despite the Liberty ECO being a 'modular' PSU, both the ATX and EPS-12v connectors are hard wired into the unit. This is actually quite a common practice among most modular PSU manufacturers as both of these cables will be required at the very minimum to power a PC system. Hard wiring these connectors into the PSU also reduces the chance of poor connections or increased resistance due to an ill fitted modular plug.
Following on from the gold fan grill tradition, Enermax have also re-used the gold laced cable sleeving seen on most of their previous units. Whether this appeals to you or not is certainly a matter of taste, but I guess you can't blame Enermax for wanting to break away from the boring black stuff. One thing we can blame them for however is just how much bare wire is on show at the end of each connector. Granted that some of this is unavoidable as certain connectors such as the ATX spread out significantly towards the end, but other modular connectors such as the 'joined' PCI-e cables would be much better sleeved individually and right to the tip.
A total of 4 modular cables are included with the 500w version which is actually quite poor considering the unit has connectors for up to 5 modular cables. In fact, this has to be the first time ever I've seen a modular PSU that doesn't come with enough cables to utilise all of the available connectors on the PSU. To compound matters further, one of the cables has a rather daft arrangement of SATA and Molex connectors on a single cable which might not suit all system layouts. A full list of connectors can be seen below:
|Enermax Liberty ECO 500W Connectors|
|ATX Connector||Native||1x 24 Pin|
|EPS-12v / P4-12v Connector(s)||Native||1x 4+4 Pin|
|Floppy Disk Connectors||Modular||1x|
|PCI-E Connectors||Modular||2x 6+2 Pin|
At the output end of the unit (image below-right) several capacitors manufactured by jP (CE-TUR series) can also be seen in several sizes and specifications.
Now that we've dissected our subject, let's attempt to put it back together again ready for testing over on the next page.