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Thursday, May 04, 2006
Spire RocKeteer VI - SP-600W

3. Installation

For the installation process, we used a full tower PC case from Antec. We firstly removed our previous power supply unit in order to install the Rocketeer 600W.

The size of the Rocketeer is bigger than a common PSU, especially in length. Below, you can see the difference between the Rocketeer and a standard PSU from Coolermaster.

The Rocketeer looks sturdier, while its cables are fewer and in consequence, tidier.

You install the Rocketeer in the appropriate position and screw the four screws on the back as you would any other power supply. Simple enough. Make sure the 120mm fan faces downwards into the case, in order to draw the hot air from the inside of the case.

The Rocketeer fitted into our Antec case without any problem. On the back, you can see the 80mm fan, the power input connection, power on/off switch and the Turbo booster fan switch.

Next step is to install the 24pin motherboard power cable, and the 4pin ( or 8pin for P4 Dual Core) 12V cables.

The rest of the cables can be installed depending on your needs. In our example, we used one 6pin cable for our VGA card, two SATA cables and two 4pin cables. The shielded cables are thick and need some room in order to bend. Our only problem was with the plastic blue connectors, at the end of the SATA cables. These are attached to hard disk drives or the burners. But the SATA connectors are a bit fragile, and the plastic is not all that thick. After some plugging and unplugging, one of our SATA power connectors broke. We believe that a slightly more flexible plastic material might avoid this.

If you spend some time during the installation process, you will be rewarded with the outcome, as there are no useless cables hanging around, something that also helps create better airflow in your case.

At the back, the blue LED 80mm fan is continually lit, emitting a, what else, blue light. The Spire PSU will certainly add to the look of your PC case as well...

In contrast, the large 120mm on the underside, is also equipped with blue LEDs, but is not on all the time. The blue light you see in the picture below, comes from the rear, 80mm fan and shines through the 120mm. According to Spire, the 120mm fan kicks in at 45°C and above...

...or if you press the Turbo Fan switch, located on the back of the PSU. In either case, the 120mm fan starts up and fills the case with its strong, blue light.

A good and impressive power supply in combination with an also impressive motherboard, such as our ABIT, will give your case a unique look.

Now, everything is set up and we can test the Rocketeer.

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