A Closer Look, part 1
With the “Gold Class” label so prominently displayed, there’s an expectation of extra fit and polish. Let’s take a closer look, and see how well Sparkle delivers.
Nice black and gold packaging, the hexagonal pattern brings to mind honeycombs, which implies that this PSU is sweet. Trivia bonus: honey is one of the easiest foods to preserve, lasting for decades or even centuries after it is stored. Obviously, no PSU is engineered to last quite that long, but Sparkle’s 5-year warranty puts them ahead of the class in terms of longevity.
On the back, we find the same list of features and specifications presented a page ago.
While the left-hand side is just a glamor shot, the right side provides a critical bit of info—namely, the number and type of connectors available. Given that high-watt PSUs like this one are often mated to component-stuffed systems, this is extremely good to know beforehand.
Opening the box up, we see…a cardboard cover.
Digging a little deeper, we find a folder containing documentation. Underneath that…
…we find yet another layer of protective packaging. Sparkle certainly wants to be sure this PSU comes to you in pristine condition; we certainly can’t fault them for that.
Opening the folder up, we see the manual and other paperwork tucked inside, along with a redemption card for a “free gift”. Exactly what this gift entails isn’t mentioned, but it’s a nice little incentive to complete the warranty registration.
Aside from the manual itself, Sparkle has included a detailed warranty instruction card and a printed report of the power supply’s efficiency curves. Obviously, this is a product Sparkle takes pride in.
Behind the cardboard partitions, we find the accessories. Aside from the usual power cord, we find a set of thumbscrews, some velcro cable ties, and a bag containing all the modular cables.
Opening up that bag, we see that Sparkle has certainly not skimped on connection options. Four 6+2 pin PCIe cables share space with three MOLEX and three SATA cables, each of these last two capable of attaching three devices each. While I wouldn’t recommend hanging a drive off of all of them, the range of options means you’ll not have to make awkward compromises to get your peripherals hooked up.