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Scythe Stronger 600 W Plug-in

A well-known maker of cooling systems, Scythe has been changing its product range recently. The changes have been so radical and fast that the Stronger 600 W Plug-in has been put out of production even as I have been preparing this review for publication.

Well, since the PSU is already tested, I guess you may be interested to learn how good (or bad) it was and why it left the assembly line so quickly.

The Stronger 600 W Plug-in comes in a matte cardboard box peppered with various slogans and stickers describing its advantages.

Exterior Design

There are a few nuances that set the Stronger 600 W Plug-in apart from ordinary PSUs.

Its case is covered with original paint which is smooth but not glossy. There is a rather untidy square cutout the fixed pair of cables goes out from. And there are two 3-pin connectors for fans. The PSU is supposed to intelligently regulate the speed of the connected fans depending on load but I didn’t check this feature out.

Otherwise, the exterior design is standard: a silvery grille with product name above the fan and a honeycomb grid of the back panel. The rest of the panels are blank.

Circuit Design

The characteristic shape of the heatsinks betrays an Enhance platform.

Indeed, the Stronger 600 W Plug-in is almost identical to the Enhance ATX-0260GA we tested earlier.

There wasn't anything extraordinary about the Enhance ATX-0260GA when we reviewed it in 2009: active PFC, no dedicated voltage regulation and no special features. Based on the same platform, the Stronger 600 W Plug-in can’t show us anything in terms of cutting-edge technologies in 2011.

Like the mentioned Enhance, the Scythe has Teapo capacitors, rated for an operating temperature up to 105°C, at the output.

The PCB is as small as the Hyper M600’s, but there is an additional card with connectors for detachable cables at one side.

Cables and Connectors

The Scythe Stronger 600 W Plug-in is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (48 cm)
  • One mainboard cable with a 4+4-pin connector (55 cm)
  • Two connectors for graphics card cables
  • Six connectors for peripheral power cables
  • Two connectors for 3-pin fan cables
  • Included with the PSU are:
  • Two graphics card cables with 6+2-pin connectors (45 cm)
  • Two cables with three PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug on each (45+15+15+15 cm)
  • Two cables with four SATA power connectors on each (40+15+15+15 cm)

The cables, especially the 4+4-pin mainboard cable, may prove to be too short for large system cases. It is impossible to plug a cable into a wrong connector because they differ in the position of the keys.

Specifications

The Stronger 600 W Plug-in specifications are the same as the Enhance ATX-0260GA ones except that the maximum current on the first +12V line is increased from 25 to 35 amperes.

The combined load on the two +12V lines hasn’t changed and remains at a rather low level: as much as 100 watts of the specified output power are distributed among the secondary power rails. In fact, I'd view this PSU as a 500W one.

 
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