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Sunday, November 20, 2022
From: Edmonton, AB
- Quality Build - 0 RPM fan mode - ATX3.0 standard - 12VHPWR Cable - 12VHPWR to PCI-E x2 Cable
- Cables other than the 12VHPWR cables - Difficult cable management - Cable orientation causes you to have to twist cables to have proper orientation for connections - High Price for a Gold PSU - Cables could be longer
MSI although newer to the PSU market have been off to a great start in terms of quality internals and acceptable power tolerances, especially with heavy hitters in the PSU space. I've had good experiences working with many of their other products, for the install of this PSU an MSI motherboard was used. With the new ATX3.0 specifications coming into the market the MSI MPG A1000G caught my eye as one of the few on the market at the moment. I had chosen to go with this PSU to provide some headroom for further upgrades if the 12VHPWR becomes more widespread used beyond RTX 40 series cards. With all the recent news regarding 12VHPWR melting problems, this simply is not an issue with the specification rather it is the result of improper installation. So long as you fully and properly connect the plug which can require quite a bit of force coming from PCI-E power connectors there won't be an issue. Packaging for the product is good, the unit comes with an assortment of cables allowing for various setup situations, along with a bag to store any remaining cables like most modular PSUs come with. The unit itself feels sturdy and has no issues with metal bowing while screwing in the unit to the case. Despite the introduction to the unit being good, the biggest problem arises as you start to work with the unit which are the cables. I installed the PSU in a Fractal Torrent case, the lengths of the cables were acceptable, but would it be nice if they were slightly longer. The lengths aren't unmanageable but that is the least of your worries in regards to the cables. The 12VHPWR and 12VHPWR to PCIE x2 cables are perfectly fine, they are rounded cables with good flex to them and sturdiness at the connecting points, though the remainder of the cables caused headaches in cable management. There are two issues with the cables, first they're all flat cables which are bulky, do not flex the best, and require more attention to maintain good cable management. The second issue with the cables is that the orientation of the connectors are utterly unintuitive, the ATX 24 Pin connector feels as if the connecting clip is on the wrong side, as I had to cross the two PSU side connectors for them to plug in this is unavoidable. In addition to this issue the orientation of the connectors to your components almost always require the cable to be twisted to achieve proper orientation on connection, this is just poor design all around. Routing the cables took me far longer than a typical modular PSU due to these issues, if you're not so stern on cable management you might not add time from routing difficulties but you certainly will be twisting cables. The experience after going through the installation nightmare has conflicted me if jumping on to the ATX3.0 train so early was worth the hassle, but the actual unit itself in operation is perfect. The 0 RPM fan option helps reduce noise, the unit stays cool and zero whining on my unit. I would only recommend this unit if you're set on the ATX3.0 standard as the price, capacity, and build quality are great, if you have no care for ATX3.0 at this time, I would say go elsewhere to save headaches routing. 4 stars might seem high for how much I have complained but in my usage it suits what I wanted for specs, quality, and noise despite its flaws.