The Gold Series 1250W has a shiny, gunmetal exterior. The outward facing side features the output chart and various safety certifications. The inward side features the Sparkle gaming logo and honeycomb graphic from the box. Too bad this side is unlikely ever to be seen.
The connector side has ton of connectors. Remember that this 1250W PSU can power a cornucopia of devices—simultaneously. It has a color of modular connector I’ve not seen previously on a power supply: purple. There are five peripheral connectors and four PCI-Express connectors, powering the 12 SATA connectors, nine 4-pin device connectors, three floppy connectors, and six 6+2-pin PCI-Express connectors. The 20+4-pin motherboard and 4+4-pin CPU connector are hardwired and non-modular, unfortunately. The modular cables are sheathed for airflow and feature quick release connectors on the device ends.
The rear is honeycombed for airflow, as is the bottom. Behind that bottom grill is a 139 mm double ball bearing fan, which stays active for another 5-10 seconds after power down to extend the life of the unit by ensure that it’s cooled quickly.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.