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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

Super Flower PSU
By: jkabaseball
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    2005-03-21

    Table of Contents:
  • Super Flower PSU
  • TTGI? Super Flower? Four Fans?
  • Testing
  • Casual Use Test
  • Overclocking
  • Conclusion

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    We all know the Antec is a great PSU. Could a PSU with "Flower" in its name, costing half as much as an Antec, hold a candle to it? In this review, Jkabaseball tests them side by side to find out.

    A power supply is one of the often-overlooked components of a computer. When building a PC, many people focus on parts that directly affect the performance. Parts like the CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and Graphics Card all tend to increase performance in different areas of the computer. The power supply does not directly affect the performance of a PC, but should not be overlooked.

    What is needed for the components to work? Power. The power supply should be one of the first parts of the computer you should think about when building a PC. It is the only thing between the power that is coming out of the outlet, which could spike high enough to blow up your computer, and the expensive parts of your computer. For this reason we are taking a look at the Super-Flower Silent TT-450SS 450Watts.

    Iíll give everyone a little background about my power supply woes. I have gone through quite a few power supplies, two video cards, and three motherboards. While there is no proof power was the culprit, dust certainly didnít do it. I have tested the power coming out of the outlet and it seems fine. It could be the power supply, the stress I put on it, or the power from the outlet. In any case, a good power supply should be able to handle all this and still provide a clean and steady stream of power.

    Inside

    Inside this lovely box are the PSU, power cord, and instruction manual. The box seems to be a generic box for a Super Flower PSUs. On the side it lists every Super Flower PSU and there are little white stickers announcing which PSU is inside. Another hint at this are the stickers all over the top. Any feature this PSU has which may not be standard on all their PSUs has been added to the box by sticker.

    I noticed on Super Flower's website that Active PCF was ďoptional.Ē I had never heard of optional parts for a power supply, so I checked the instruction manual and came out no better informed than before. The box didnít have a sticker on either Passive or Active PFC, so I emailed Super Flower before I went to bed.

    When I woke up there was a response to my question. All Super Flower PSUs have Active PFC, and is rated 97~99 percent. You may also find the Web document of the list of recommended PSUs for AMD Athlon MP Processors. The list contains the PSU manufacturers you might automatically think of, such as Antec and PC Power and Cooling; it also includes Super Flower Computer.

    Here are the specifications for this particular power supply. The 450 watt model seemed to be overlooked on the Super Flower website, but it is listed on the TTGI website, as well as in the instruction manual.

    Load

    Min

    Max

    +3.3V

    0.3A

    28A

    +5V

    1.0A

    45A

    +12V

    1.0A

    28A

    -5V

    0A

    0.5A

    -12V

    0A

    0.8A

    +5VSB

    0A

    2.5A

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