NorthQ Black Magic Flex 850W PSU

Posted on September 7, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4

Benchmark System

Since my typical benchmark system resides in a MicroFly micro-ATX case, I'll be using my workstation to test NorthQ's Black Magic 850W power supply. The workstation features three Radeon HD4850-class video cards in CrossFireX, as well as a quad-core Intel CPU.

Component Part
Case Thermaltake M9
Motherboard ASUS P5E64 WS Professional
CPU Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
RAM 2GB Patriot DDR3-1666
Hard Drives 2x Western Digital 36GB Raptors
2x Seagate 160GB SATA2
2x Maxtor 250GB SATA2
1x Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000 1TB
Video Cards Sapphire Radeon HD4850
Sapphire Radeon HD4850 Toxic
Palit Radeon HD4850
Sound Creative SoundBlaster Audigy
Misc. HighPoint RocketRAID 3120
Operating Systems Windows Vista Business 32-bit / Gentoo Linux 2008.0 64-bit

Of course, my hope is that I have enough hardware to properly stress-test the Black Magic.


As with most power supplies, installation was quick and easy. After securing the power supply to the case, I connected the mother board connections.

Next, I looked around at my components trying to figure out what else I actually needed. I added this cables in one at a time, trying to tuck away excess cable under the motherboard tray or in the 5.25" drive bays.

After it looked satisfactory, I plugged the Black Magic to the wall's AC outlet and switch the power supply to the ON position. The computer came to life... silently.

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