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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

Antec Smart Power 500W
By: Mike Mackenzie
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    2006-03-07

    Table of Contents:
  • Antec Smart Power 500W
  • Features and Specifications
  • Installation
  • Testing and Results
  • Conclusion

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    As Iíve written before, the PSU is the most important part of the system. It is what powers all of the components within the system and is very much responsible for system stability. Todayís high end graphics cards and processors can be rendered useless with a weak power supply. Read about the Antec SmartPower 500, and see how it performs.

    Introduction

    Enthusiasts who overclock their systems know that the additional wattage is not quite as important as the stability of the voltage rails. When a good power supply goes bad because of a power surge, you may or may not be able to get a replacement right away. This is the situation I found myself in recently. I had to replace my power supply with something affordable which could perform in my over clocking situation, not negatively affect my test bed in any way. And it needed to perform good enough to keep around in my other test bed.

    Antec has been a leading manufacturer in aftermarket components for the past few years. Iíve used many Antec products in the past few years from their 300W smart power, chassis fans, and CPU cooler and cases. All of them have been made with the best quality possible. Antec has been really leaning more heavily into the power supply and chassis market, providing excellent power supplies units and chassis with newest designs for optimum performance and cooling. Today were focusing on their power supplies.

    We have an Antec Smart Power 500W power supply.  It has many of the features that make a great PSU, features like 500W of peak power, dual 12v circuitry, modular cable design, strong enough rails to support dual core processors and SLI graphics. These features certainly make this a consideration when looking at a replacement power supply, but just how much performance is packed under that grey box outer shell? Read on to see.

    Contents

    • 1 x Antec Smart Power 500W  Power supply

    • 1 x 24 pin ATX connector, removable 4 pins for 20 pin applications
    • 1 x 12v power connector
    • 2 x PCI E connectors (60cm)
    • 2 x 2 SATA connectors (77cm)
    • 2 x 3 Molex connectors (77mm)
    • Molex to Floppy connectors (14mm)
    • 2 x custom Molex connectors
    • 2 x custom SATA
    • 1 cable strap
    • Mounting Hardware
    • Userís Manual

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