This thread is 4 years old. I ment no direct disrespect in this - just that the quality was not as expected. I ordered some real 18 AWG from somewhere else at that time, and that worked perfectly.
This is the communication back/forth at that time is quoted below - it explains why I took the picture in the first place.
Oct 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM:
I just want to say that I'm not really happy with the quality of the 1007 18AWG cable I bought recently. It seems thinner than what is to be expected, and doesn't work reliably in any SATA punch down connectors I've tried. It says 16 strand on your product page, but it's way more than this, and each strand is way thinner than every other 18AWG 1007 cable I have seen.
There is no point in sending it back as this would be expensive and I've cut it already. I just wanted to tell you.
That said I'm happy with everything else I've received from you so far, and I will get more stuff from you - just no more wire...
I'm really sorry to learn that you are not happy with the wire.
All our wires should be certified and standard UL1007 18AWG wire from known vendor.
Would you take some close-up photos of the wires you received? I'm afraid if fulfillment team has shipped you the wrong product.
If there is a mistake made, we'll surely reship it to you.
The cable says UL1007 18 AWG. I have made a photo comparing it (above) to the 18 AWG UL1007 cable used in Corsair supplied SATA cables (below).
I'm pretty convinced it shouldn't be that thin, and as I said it doesn't work with the SATA crimp-on plugs, but I'm no expert on the UL1007 and AWG standards.
If you agree, a store credit would be a great solution to me as I've ordered some cable elsewhere - I don't have time to wait another month for a new cable.
You have lots of cool stuff, I just wanted to alert you on this.
Oh, sorry. You can't compare it with Corsair default wire.
Because it's none standard and known to be much thicker than standard UL1007 AWG wire.
But what actually matters is that the wire performs as it should be, e.g. rated voltage.
So the fact that your product page says 16 strand is irrelevant? All other cheap power cables from extenders I've tried works great with the push-down connectors and looks more or less like the Corsair ones.
I have no tools to evaluate the power rating of the cable. But nevermind, it's not exactly the end of the world.