Connector counts are only one part of a power supply's cabling complement. Cable reach matters, too, particularly for those with full tower enclosures that separate system components across vast stretches of case real estate. Extra reach is also useful if you want to route cables carefully out of sight, lest a tangled mess of wires distract those peering through a case window from appreciating the painstakingly detailed guts of your system.
With the help of our trusty measuring tape, we've measured the maximum cable reach for each PSU. The reach measurements shown for SATA and four-pin peripheral connectors refer to the reach of the last connector on the longest cable.
Primary power cable reach is especially important for those running upside-down cases that mount the PSU below the motherboard. The units from Corsair and Hiper look like the best bets for those folks, offering at least 23 inches of reach. The Odin and X2 pull up a little short, unable to stretch their primary power connectors even 20 inches.
The Corsair and Hiper units tie in auxiliary 12V cable reach, but both are an inch off PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool, which stretches its 12V line 24.5 inches from the PSU. The Gigabyte and Ultra products again offer the shortest cables.
Only three inches separates the longest PCIe power connector from the shortest here. In a reversal of fortunes, this time it's the Hiper Type R at the back of the pack and the Ultra out in the lead. Corsair's TX continues to provide greater cable reach than most of its rivals.
SATA and four-pin peripheral reach really shakes things up, with the Turbo-Cool and Atomic Juice units coming out ahead. The Tagan BZ also provides plenty of SATA cable reach, but not so much when we switch to four-pin peripheral connectors.
The Type R and X2 are well short of the pack. Their SATA and four-pin peripheral cables give up at least six inches to their closest competitors. The Type R and X2 still offer plenty of reach for mid-tower enclosures and even some full towers, but if you're looking to route SATA connectors to a large array of drives in a massive case, you'll want some additional length.
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