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Chieftec Super Series: CFT-600-14CS

I have already tested Chieftec’s PSUs with very similar names: the model name just lacked the letter S at the end. The single difference in the official descriptions is that the 14CS series is not declared to comply with the 80+Plus standard which defines the bottom limit of efficiency.

This product comes in a medium-sized box. Like with the other products from Chieftec, the text on the box tells you about the various benefits of the PSU but does not mention any of its specific characteristics.

Exterior and Interior Design, Cables and Connectors

The PSU case is black and 160 millimeters long.

Removing the cover, I saw the PSH platform from Channel Well which had come to our labs under so many names like Chieftec (the Turbo Series CFT-xxx-14C units were based on it, too), Thermaltake, Corsair, Xigmatek, etc.

I can understand the manufacturers’ predilection towards this platform. It is a well-designed modern power supply with active PFC and dedicated voltage regulation. It is stable and reliable as you will see below. My visual inspection revealed no quality related issues.

Like in the APS series, this PSU is equipped with good electrolytic capacitors from Teapo.

The Chieftec CFT-600-14CS has modular cables that are most handy when you are assembling your computer in a cramped system case where it’s difficult to hide the huge bunch of unused cables. The connectors are Molex Mini-Fit Jr. They differ in shape and color depending on what cables they are meant for.

The designations V1, V2, etc indicate what exactly +12V line goes to particular connectors. It is somewhat odd that the CPU has two such lines whereas the two graphics cards cables have only one because modern graphics cards consume far more than CPUs. You may find yourself in a stupid situation with a monstrous card like GeForce GTX 295: when under load, it won’t be satisfied with the 18 amperes available with the two default cables, and you will have to use an adapter to connect one of the card’s power plugs to a Molex connector of the PSU. People at Chieftec must have thought that owners of such premium-class graphics cards would prefer higher-wattage PSUs although 600 watts should be quite enough for a serious gaming computer.

The PSU has the following cables and connectors:

  • Mainboard cable with a 24-pin connector (47 centimeters long)
  • CPU cable with a 4-pin connector (50 centimeters)
  • One connector for a CPU power cable
  • Two connectors for graphics card cables
  • Four connectors for peripheral power cables

Included with the PSU are:

  • CPU cable with an 8-pin connector (49 centimeters)
  • Graphics card cable with a 6+2-pin connector (49 centimeters)
  • Graphics card cable with an 8-pin connector (49 centimeters)
  • One cable with two Molex connectors and one floppy-drive plug on each (49+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with two Molex connectors (49+15 cm)
  • Two cables with three SATA power plugs on each (47+15+15 cm)

Like with the previous model, I have a reason to complain about the length of the cables. Being modular, they can as well be long, up to 60 centimeters, to avoid any problems even in very large system cases. Two SATA and two PATA cables are included into the box, so connecting four modern HDDs is going to be inconvenient because one SATA cable will go to the DVD drive, which is usually far from HDDs, and the other one has only three connectors.

Save for these cavils, the selection of cables is all right and most users are going to be perfectly satisfied with it.

Specifications

The PSU can yield nearly all of its output power via the +12V rail split up into four “virtual” lines, 18 amperes each. As I’ve said above, the lines are not distributed optimally among the connectors: two for the CPU and one for graphics cards. It would be better to either increase the current to 22-25 amperes or allot two lines to graphics cards as well. This would help avoid the situation when a top-end graphics card won’t be satisfied with 18 amperes, making the user connect it to the PSU via an adapter.

 
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