Specs are good. Includes plenty of cables including 4 x PCI-E cables in the box for those SLI/Crossfire inclined and a nice zipper bag to store the extras.
About the cables they seem to assume a top mounted PSU because when bottom mounted the mid-cable power connectors need to be twisted 180 at each device to make the connection. I ended up using a molex-to-2-SATA power connector for my hard drives for a cleaner look. In the end the only cables I used were the 2 x PCI-E and a single molex cable.
The PSU has 4 red plugs on it for PCI-E power. I'm not sure why but two of them are 8-pin and the other two are 6-pin at the PSU even though both cables are 6+2 at the end which connects to the video card.
The good news is that when powered up for the first time it didn't explode My PC just booted up normally like always. I ran Prime95 and Furmark at the same time for about 20 mins to stress it a bit. No issues. Voltages remained stable.
Compared to my 5 year old Antec NEO HE-550 the HIVE-750 is just as quiet (the Antec was very quiet) but the wiring isn't as good.
Overall it's a decent PSU and obviously a steal at $60 for a semi-modular 750w with a single 54A 12v rail. 3 year warranty. Long term reliability is a question of course. Only time will tell that.
Does the box look cool? I had a Rosewill PSU for something once (it must of been in a computer I built for somebody else, because I can't find it in any of the records I made for my own build) and the box was the coolest of all the parts!
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