Cooler Master V1100 and V1300 SFX Platinum PSU review

Up Close with Cooler Master’s V1100 and V1300 SFX Platinum

Up Close with Cooler Master’s V1100 and V1300 SFX Platinum PSUs

Let’s start with the basics. This is an SFX power supply, and that means that this PSU is small. If you are building a ultra-compact Mini ITX PC, this PSU should be on your parts list. Well, at least if you want a power supply of this wattage level.

Standard 12VHPWR cable compatibility

Coming our of this unit is a standard 12VHPWR connection. This means that users of This PSU can simply replace their 12VHPWR cables with aftermarket versions, like those from CableMod.

Powering these new units from Cooler Master is a standard 3-pin kettle lead. Externally, these new SFX PSUs from Cooler Master have a plain appearance, making them easy to hide away in compact gaming PCs.

Support for non-SFX systems

Both of Cooler Master’s new SFX PSUs ship with an SFX-to-ATX PSU mounting plate. This allows these power supplies to be used in full-sized ATX systems if needed. This is a great option if users of this unit ever feel the need to shift from the Mini-ITX form factor to the full ATX form factor in the future. As much as we love mini PCs, there are perks to having access to more PCIe lanes and larger motherboards.

The cables that ship with the Cooler Master V1100 and V1300 SFX Platinum PSUs are standard black cables. If you want anything fancier, you will need to purchase custom cables from a 3rd party manufacturer.

As is common with SFX power supplies, the cables with these new Cooler Master units are on the short side. You don’t want overly long cables inside mini PCs, so this design decision makes a lot of sense. The 24-pin motherboard power connector if this PSU are 300mm long. This cable is the shortest cable inside this package, with the others being notably longer.

Measuring Cooler Master’s 12VHPWR cable, we can confirm that it is 400mm long.

Angled 12VHPWR cable – The Downsides

The downside of angled 12VHPWR connectors is that there are two ways a 12VHPWR connector can be oriented on a graphics card. This means that there is the possibility that Cooler Master’s angled cables are oriented in a sub-optimal way for your system.

Above and below we have two RTX 4090 graphics cards. Both use 12VHPWR connectors. One will see Cooler Master’s angled cables pointing upward. The other will see it point downward. This could be a nightmare for aesthetics-focused PC builders. Thankfully, CableMod’s custom 12VHPWR cables are usable with these new PSUs, which means you can replace this cable with ease.

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