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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

Antec True Blue 480W PSU
By: Cygnus_X_1
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    2003-10-01

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    Antec True Blue 480W PSU


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    When you hear the name “Antec” most people immediately think of the current King of the Hill in cases. Then their power supplies usually come in a close second. Antec’s True Power series wants to change that. The power supply market has been a veritable hot bed as of late with manufacturers pumping out some seriously high wattage units. We have on the plate Antec’s True Blue 480 watt power supply unit. The True Power 480W is a serious contender in it’s own right, but Hans has been locked up in the lab hard at work, and came up with True Blue 480. A seriously killer looking unit with an eerie blue glow emanating from the two fans installed in the psu. Let’s see if this monster lives up to OCA standards…

    Antec True Blue 480W PSU

     

     Company: Antec
     Product: True Blue 480W PSU
     Availability: Now
     Price: $125.00 
     Written By: cygnus_x_1
     Reviewed: September, 2002
     Edited by:
    SPeeD

     


    Intro: When you hear the name “Antec” most people immediately think of the current King of the Hill in cases. Then their power supplies usually come in a close second. Antec’s True Power series wants to change that. The power supply market has been a veritable hot bed as of late with manufacturers pumping out some seriously high wattage units. We have on the plate Antec’s True Blue 480 watt power supply unit. The True Power 480W is a serious contender in it’s own right, but Hans has been locked up in the lab hard at work, and came up with True Blue 480. A seriously killer looking unit with an eerie blue glow emanating from the two fans installed in the psu. Let’s see if this monster lives up to OCA standards…


    Packaging and Specifications: Let’s take a look at what you get.

     

     

     

     

    No surprises. Just the PSU, and the power cord. Here are the specs on the True Blue 480 from Antec’s site.

    FEATURES
    Maximum Power 480 Watts
    Switches ATX Logic on-off additional power rocker switch (115/230 Volt selector switch)
    Special Connectors AUX Power
    ATX12V
    3-pin Fan Sensor
    Fan Only
    Transient Response +5V,+12V outputs return to within 5% in less than 1ms for 20% load change.
    P. G. Signal 100-500ms
    Over Voltage Protection

    recycle AC to reset

    +5V trip point < +6.5V
    +3.3V trip point < +4.1V
    +12V trip point < +14.4V
    Overload Protection Latching Protection
    +5V @ < 47A
    +3.3V @ < 48A
    +12V @ < 18A
    Leakage Current <3.5mA @ 240VAC

     

    INPUT

    Input Voltage

    115 VAC / 230VAC

    Input Frequency Range

    47Hz to 63Hz

    Input Surge Current

    < 60A @ 115VAC

    Input Current

    9.0A for 115VAC
    5.0A for 230VAC

    Hold-up Time

    >17ms at Full Load

    Efficiency

    > 68%

    EMI/RFI

    FCC Class B
    CISPR22 Class

     

    OUTPUT

     

    +5V

    -5V

    +12V

    -12V

    +3.3V

    +5V
    SB

    Max. Load

    38A*

    0.5A

    22A

    1.0A

    30A*

    2A

    Min. Load

    0A

    0A

    0.8A

    0A

    0A

    0A

    Load Reg.

    ±3%

    ±5%

    ±3%

    ±5%

    ±3%

    ±5%

    Ripple V(p-p)

    50mV

    50mV

    120mV

    120mV

    50mV

    50mV

    * +5V, +3.3V & +12V maximum output 460 Watts max.

     

    With the True series power supplies, you get dedicated output voltages on the critical +5V, +3.3V, and +12V lines. As you load up devices on the 5V line (ex. PCI cards and drives), the draw will not affect the 3.3V (your CPU), and 12V (fans, etc.). This is a welcome addition for overclockers as the voltage to your CPU will not experience any significant drops.

    You also get Voltage Feedback Circuitry. The power supply tests its own output voltages at the ATX connector and adjusts it output to compensate for any dropoff, including resistance found in the wires. This helps the psu tighten up the voltage regulation from Intel’s ± 5% variance to a nice ± 3% allowable variance.

    Lets not forget about Antec’s Low Noise Technology.  Antec is walking the fine line between noise reduction, and necessary cooling. The inside power supply temps are measured constantly, and the fans are adjusted accordingly. The cooler the temps in the power supply, the slower the fans rotate, equaling less noise. The hotter the temps in the psu, the faster the fans…You get the picture. Here is a graph from Antec showing the power curve applied to the fans.

     

    Its also nice to see that Antec is on AMD’s Approved Power Supply Manufacturer’s List.

       

    Lets head over to page 2 for more pics and installation.

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