GX-Lite 700W has a single power cable with three molex connectors and one floppy connector. This should be enough for most users as the amount of devices using molex connectors is getting lower and lower all the time. Unfortunately none of the cables in GX-Lite series are sleeved – yet again I expect the low price being the reason.
You can plug up to six SATA devices to your GX-Lite 700W power supply. There are two SATA-cables, each having three SATA power connectors. The length of all cables in this power supply was enough for my midi sized case, but with full towers you might be in trouble and need to use extension cables.
GX-Lite 700W features a normal 24pin ATX connector. You can split it to a single 20pin connector and in case you need a 24-pin connector the 4-extra pins are easily attachable.
There are also four 4-pin ATX 12V connectors. I myself haven’t yet encountered a motherboard where you would need all the 16 pins, but in case you need all the GX-Lite 700W has them. Usually motherboards require either 4-pin or 8-pin connector.
Knowing the fact that GX-Lite series power supplies are not meant for very high end computers, they only have two PCI-E connectors. However, both of them are 8-pin so you should not encounter any problems with a single high end graphics card. Having said this though, GX-Lite series are not specified for multiple cards and as there are only two PCI-E connectors, there might not be enough connectors for SLI/CF configurations (If your card requires two connectors. You can though run two single PCI-E connector cards). Also, both of the PCI-E connectors are in a single cable and the distance between the connectors isn’t that long so you might be in trouble if the distance of your two single PCI-E connector cards are not close to each other.
We used the following system during our test sessions. The setup is same as it was with Enermax EMG700AWT review so the results are comparable. All values are measured with multimeter. In idle mode the computer has been idling in bios for 15minutes and in stress values are measured using the OCCT power supply stress test. The processor of our test setup was overclocked to 4GHz to maximize the power consumption of the system.
AMD Phenom II X4 975BE @ 4GHz
4x2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600MHz CL7
2x1TB Hitachi HDD in raid0
Asus M4A785TD-M EVO
Asus Radeon HD6850 DirectCU 1GB
While not being able to compete against the EMG700AWT and RX-1.1K with voltage line stability, the GX-Lite still performs very well. There aren’t huge voltage drops in any of the lines (3.3V, 5V or 12V) and all values are within the specifications. In addition to this, we found that all lines were rock solid in stress and saw only 0.01V fluctuations in them even after stress testing of considerable length. Considering the fact that GX-Lite belongs to “budget” class of Coolermasters power supplys I’d say thats quite impressive result.
Priced around 70€ GX-Lite 700W gives you great bang for the buck. However the lowish price comes with a “cost”. There are no modular cables, the PSU is colored in basic grey and there are no sleeves around cables. If you don’t need those features though, and you only want pure performance, you should consider buying this PSU. I can see GX-Lite series power supplies going to prebuilt computers and budget computers especially. Also, if you want to spare 30-40€ in your computer and spend them somewhere else GX-Lite series might be your choice. It has all the basic features you’d expect from power supply. It is also very quiet in operation – even in high stress it was nearly unaudible. It is also available on 500W and 600W models if 700W is bit too much for your needs.
You can find this product at Newegg or Amazon.
+ Stable voltage lines
– Dull color
– No sleeves around cables
– Not modular