The casing of the Kingwin Stryker 500W is black and very well ventilated. The sides and rear are honeycombed for side ventilation. The top has a traditional fin-style heat sink. The bottom is solid and bears the output chart and certification label.
The built-in cables are sleeved for better airflow and protected at the egress point with a plastic ring. The modular connectors are oddly shaped; there are four 9×9 connectors for the modular cables.
Built into the unit are the 20+4 pin motherboard connector, 4+4 pin CPU connector, a 6-pin PCI-Express connector, and a 6+2-pin PCI-Express connector. Another 6-pin PCI-Express connector and another 6+2-pin PCI-Express connector are available on the modular cables, as well as six SATA connectors, five 4-pin Molex connectors, and one floppy connector. Plenty for a modern gaming system!
A frustrating quality of the modular cables is that they are flat cables. This doesn’t make for the best airflow. In an era when most PSU makers are using rounded cables with sleeves, it’s a little surprising that Kingwin sticks to these.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.