Appearance, Cables and Connectors

The Commander II has a green finish with honeycombed ventilation holes and a common black fan grille. On both sides we find additional ventilation holes, commonly seen on other Andyson-made products. The surface is scratch-resistant. On one side we also get the name and power rating in big yellow letters.

While most manufacturers use different colors for the PCIe and peripheral connector sockets, In Win only has black ones only. However, this isn't a problem since the peripheral harnesses have six pins while the PEG cables have eight. The cable sleeving is decent but not great; it covers the cables and keeps the individual wire together, though, which is the main purpose of sleeving.

Cables and Connectors


Main 24-pin 55cm
ATX12V/EPS12V 8-pin 60cm, 4+4-pin 60cm
PCIe 2x2 6/8-pin 50 + 15 cm (fixed), 2x2 6/8-pin 50 + 15cm (modular)
Peripheral 4x SATA 55-100cm / 4x SATA 55-100cm
3x Molex, 1x FDD 55-100cm / 3x Molex, 1x FDD 55-100cm

The Commander II has eight PCIe connectors on four cables. Two cables are fixed while the other two are modular. You also get an 8-pin plus an additional 4+4-pin CPU connector. 55cm on the 24-pin cable is relatively long, though no longer than competing 1200W PSUs. The eight SATA plugs on two cables is somewhat disappointing for a high wattage PSU, while the two FDD connectors are unimportant for a modern PC. There are six Molex connectors as well, for fans and other items.

In Win Commander II 1200W Internal Design
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  • ckryan - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    There is a lot of focus on the 1000w+ category of power supplies, but how big could the market really be? Outside of the tri-and quad SLI/Crossfire market, there just isn't much need for these. I guess I'm glad they're there, but I wish there was more a focus on making higher quality, lower powered units. The good news is that it looks as though some of the newer higher end PSUs will be efficient at all loads -- which is good, since even Seasonic is headed towards more and more powerful units even as system power draw levels are trending down with the advent of Sandy Bridge.
  • MrTeal - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    I agree, I'd much rather see a full review of the be quiet! supplies that we mentioned a few days ago than the continual reviews 800-1200W supplies. I'd love to see a thorough review of a high quality 300W supply.
  • Martin Kaffei - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    And as already mentioned in the text we had some smaller PSUs before.
  • ckryan - Saturday, June 11, 2011 - link


    I hope you review every PSU you can possibly get your hands on. I don't have a problem with 1000w+ PSUs, and if I needed one, I'd buy two. If a PSU could be just as efficient at 4% or 5% loads as at 20% or 50% loads, I'd be using a kW unit too. At least this unit gets >80% at 10% loads. I'm guessing it's the most profitable slice of the PSU pie, a brand prestige product as well. Undoubtedly, more attention to quality is usually given to these big units.

    I've already have lamented in the past that my last PSU purchase was for a 650w unit -- a good all around unit but still way overpowered. At least when my computer idles at 56w (at the wall), my PSU is still pretty efficient. The huntkey jumper still isn't here in America, and the closest competitor is the FSP Aurum 400w, which is either really popular or hard to find since it's been out of stock at the Egg for quite some time. So I know some people want to see more 300w - 500w quality units -- at least some manufacturers have decided to go in that direction too -- now, they just need to get them to North America and to AnandTech's fortress of PSU reviews.
  • A5 - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    They can only review what PSU makers send them, and these are the units they get sent since they make the PSU makers the most money.
  • esSJae - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    Maybe 5 1000W+ reviews in the last year is a lot of focus?

    I thought this was supposed to be an enthusiast's site?
  • brucek2 - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    Thanks for an excellent review. Specifically, I love that:

    1) you provided details on what is inside the box and the quality/impact of each component

    2) the review is clearly aimed directly at the readers (hardware enthusiasts), vs. trying to strike some sort of diplomatic balance between readers and marketers (note the absence of marketing fluff and willingness to call the product out on its weaknesses).

    3) the conclusion provides a comparison to other options in the market with specific strengths/weaknesses of each called out.

    I'm getting so spoiled here that I'm finding it increasingly hard to read "reviews" in the mainstream press. For instance, I just read a few reviews of A/V components that didn't even bother to tell you what chips were on the board. Maybe there's an opening for AnandTech to expand into?
  • amf66 - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    I really enjoyed reading this review. It did a good job of explaining the weaknesses of the connector choices and I doubt many others would have noticed the 10A power cable for a PSU that pull more than this. I always like seeing the internals of power supplies and having the components explained and this did a great job at that. The only small problem is the typo in the first paragraph of the last page. Other than that it was great.
  • Martin Kaffei - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the correction, "definetly " helpful.
  • krumme - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    For ryans Intel SB+gtx 590 vs. Llano Review

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