Got my UPS....this thing weighs 50 pounds! Not too big though...kind of like a large shoe box. The LCD panel is really nice and provides all sorts of information, like current wattage, VA and amps being supplied. Plus battery state, ...and even kilowatt hours being used if you want to gauge energy cost. Some pics....
This shot is right by my old APC 1000 UPS so you can get a better feel for the size of this one. Much shorter....but much wider.
One of the really neat things is that the LCD panel can detach and has a fairly long cord. So...you could move it to your desk if you are doing something where you need to get some readings from the UPS...and not have to bend over to see it on the floor. Could even permanently mount it somewhere higher if you wanted. Very nice...
Since I now have access to some information on how many amps/watts are being pulled from the wall, I decided to use this UPS to do some testing on how the two different PSU's are working. First...had to take inventory of what each of the PSU's are powering. See below:PSU #1 (AX850)
- 24-pin on motherboard
- 2x 8-pin on motherboard
- Auxillary molex #1 on motherboard
- Auxillary molex #2 on motherboard
- 2x Aquaero 5's
- 2 D5 pumps
- 52 fansPSU #2 (AX850)
- 2x GTX 690's
- 16x SSD's
- 2x D5 pumps
- Blu-Ray Burner
- Cold Cathode Inverter
- About 10 feet of LED strip lights
Phew! Forgot how much stuff I had in here. After doing the inventory, I took turns only plugging in one of the PSU's at a time to the new UPS, and running some stress tests to see what kind of wattage was being pulled. Dropped the results into a quick little graph. See below....
The machine idles at about 330 watts...and hits right at 1,000 watts when the GPU's are being stressed. The two PSU's seem fairly well balanced, knowing that the one powering the 2x 690's will always be under utilized until the GPU's are being stressed. I could probably get by with just this one UPS since it's max wattage is 1,050. But if I stick with one, I can't plug the monitor into it, which I'd like to. There may be some other applications that stress it a little differently and make me hit the cap. Not sure yet. I'll probably stick with just one of these right now, for at least a week or so, and see if I end up getting any warning bells/whistles when I'm doing my normal activity (primarily Adobe pictures/video stuff) with it. Then I'll decide. Newegg has these for just $300 bucks right now, which is a steal of a deal.
I'm in the middle of running some different benchmarks, so I can put a stick in the ground for performance and have something to measure against when I start doing some upgrades to this machine. I'll be posting those over the next few days. Plus...as soon as I have a few hours to play with my camera, I'll do the final photo shoot for version 1.0 of the BBBB. Gotta take those beauty shots!