Wednesday, January 3rd 2007

Ultra To Unveil 2000W PSU At CES

Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, today announces that it will unveil the world’s first 2000W ATX Power Supply Unit for the PC at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Ultra X3 Modular 2000W PSU has a footprint similar to some competitors’ 1000W units (just 10.25 inches) and is 80% efficient under typical loads. This year's CES show promises to be very interesting. The 2000W X3 will be available to consumers sometime in early 2007.Source: [H]ard|OCP,3dGameMan
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25 Comments on Ultra To Unveil 2000W PSU At CES

#1
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
OMG amazing. Who needs that much power?
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#2
lemonadesoda
I guess some crazy person with a server board with 4 x Quad Core 2 Duo with SLI 8800 x2, and 8 Raptors in RAID array, and 4 fibre network channels.

Just think about the size of the UPS!

2000W is the same as a bar heater. Thats a lot of heat.
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#3
ktr
some of HP servers have 1.5kw psu...
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#4
zekrahminator
McLovin
I knew the day would come when computers would require their own circuit, that thing would blow my circuit breaker in a heartbeat, and hog A LOT of power. Just FYI, the average 120 volt circuit breaker is 15 Amps, so 2k watts puts you a bit over the edge :p. Just some examples of power usage- 2000W > 750W Air Conditioner2000W > 1200W microwave 2000W > 1500W vacuum cleaner.
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#5
Azn Tr14dZ
Servers would use this, but I'm not sure about how many consumers (as in us) would really buy this. Maybe 2x AMD FX-74 with Dual 8800GTX or R600 + a Physics card, and more.
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#6
OneCool
Ultra? 2000watt? Modular?

For 2 seconds then it goes POOF!!!!!!! and lets the smoke out!! :roll:
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#7
jocksteeluk
so rather than manufs making energy efficient components just make bigger psu's, if everyone boycotted high draw components its guranteed these manufs would bring out energy efficient products alot faster than they are bothering to.
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#8
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
malware said:
Ultra To Unveil 2000W PSU At CES
And 5 minutes into CES it fails and Ultra's tech support turns down the warranty due to improper installation. :laugh:
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#9
Seany1212
2000W!! thats a piss take, supposed to be saving the planet and they make something that'll suck dry your power supply.
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#10
JC316
Knows what makes you tick
My God, I can only imagine the electric bill. Scary.
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#11
xvi
A 2,000W PSU won't always run at 2,000W, correct? Doesn't it only use as much as you're using (minus the efficiency).

I agree, though. I'd like to start seeing efficient PSUs making a return in the market.
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#13
EastCoasthandle
Wow, just wow. Remember the main purpose of a PSU is to convert AC to DC and filter out EMI/RFI (among others) to a degree to make your computer stable. PSU's typically use only the power it needs however in order for it to operate properly there is a side effect of it drawing more then it converts. A 2000W PSU really has no practical use for a home user do to that alone. I have found out that different PSU still draw current while the computer is off. It's this draw (depending on your computer setup) were your electric bill can be affected most. I wonder if it wastes more engery then it needs when only 200w-400w of power is actually needed?
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, that thing is huge and waaaaay too much power. We are not all Tim "The Toolman" Taylor here. More power isnt necessarily a good thing. This kind of scares me. I would think the 1KW barrier is enough. And I would think that Manufacturers would get in line for power savings (ATI.NVIDIA.RAID makers, HD makers, etc.) We are already seeing energy efficient cpus (amd's, not sure if the C2D is ee). Others need to follow the trend.

On a side note, with a 2KW PSU, I Could power half my house with it :respect:
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#15
Oklahoma Wolf
PVTCaboose1337 said:
Who needs that much power?
Nobody... it's pretty much for bragging rights only ;)
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#16
EastCoasthandle
actually its nothing more then marketing. If you have a computer at home that requries 2000W of power there is something seriously wrong.
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#17
bruins004
This better not become a trend....I dont really want to see other manufacturers doing this since this will give ATI/Nvidia just more reasons to have their cards need more juice (like 4 PCI-E Connections each).
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#18
Oklahoma Wolf
bruins004 said:
This better not become a trend....
Rumour has it there's one more due to show up at CES. IIRC Ultra is the only one planning to actually release their 2kW anytime soon.
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#19
breakfromyou
What a joke. Ultra can't make good power supplies, so they go for an uber power supply, and i'm sure it'll be a piece of crap, just like everything else they make.

how many amps will this thing have on a single +12v rail? too many. it wont be able to handle it.
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#21
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
150A on a single 12V rail! What the hell?!?! Ultra really expects clean power to get to the components at that high of Amps? I pitty anyone that actually buys this thing. For $500 I would expect at least 3 rails. Pushing 60A through a single rail is pushing it in my book, 150A is just plain ridiculus and bound for failure.
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#22
overcast
What the hell gauge cable is needed for 150A @ 12v????
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#23
sno.lcn
It'll probably burn your house down anyway, or at least fry your rig like the rest of their products do.
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#24
overcast
WarEagleAU said:


On a side note, with a 2KW PSU, I Could power half my house with it :respect:
You couldn't power your clothes dryer with 2000watts. Vacuum cleaners can pull 1200 alone, don't get carried away.
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
overcast said:
What the hell gauge cable is needed for 150A @ 12v????
If memory serves, and it often doesn't, anything over 12" requires 12AWG wire to be considered safe. Standard power supplies use 18AWG wire. 12AWG is pretty thick, but Ultra probably can get away with thinner wire since they know no single part will be drawing 150A through a single wire.
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