Author: Bob Buskirk
Newton R3 600W Overview
We of course received the 600W version of the Newton R3. It also comes in 800W and 1000W versions, with an optional white 1000W version. The 600W version is only CrossFireX certified, but the 800W and 1000W and both CrossFireX and SLI certified. The actual dimensions of the unit are 150mm x 86mm x 165mm so it is the size of your typical power supply. On the top of the unit is an embossed Fractal Design snowflake, which looks really cool.
One one side of the unit is a large Fractal Design logo, which in most cases will face out so everyone can see what power supply you are using. On the opposite side you have your output graph.
The back of the unit has a honeycomb design, which will help with cooling. You have the normal power switch and power connection. On the bottom of the unit is the 135mm semi-passive fan. What that means is the fan will only turn on if the power supply reaches a certain temperature, if it is below that temperature the fan will not operate at all. This means you will have very quiet operation.
On the front of the unit is where you will find all of your connections. You have six for SATA / Peripheral / Floppy and two for PCIe. They are color-coded, which makes things easy when installing your cables. This power supply is semi-modular so you do have cables connected into the power supply. Inspecting the opening in the power supply the cables and sleeved all the way into the unit and there is a plastic grommet around the opening to prevent your cables from tearing. Connected to the power supply you have your 24pin power connector, 8pin CPU power and a single (2x 6+2pin) PCIe cable.
The rest of your cables come in a folded up cable kit that makes them very easy to take with you. When you unroll it inside you will find a single (2x 6+2pin) PCIe cable, three SATA cables, a molex cable and a molex + floppy cable. You will also find cable ties and screws in here as well. One thing that I really liked was that the cable lengths are listed, this way if you need the longer cable you know which one to use. All of the modular cables use a flat cabling design and are black.