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    Dual 12V PSU Shootout
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:21/07/2005 13:42.03
    AMS Mercury PP-44603 SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Seasonic S-12-430 SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Thermaltake TWV500 SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: The three of these power supplies really don\'t shoot-out each other. If you want cheap, the AMS. If you want quiet, the Seasonic. If you want modular, the Thermaltake.

    Find the lowest price for this product - AMS Mercury PP-44603
    Find the lowest price for this product - Seasonic S-12-43
    Find the lowest price for this product - Thermaltake TWV500
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    A look at the cables

      AMS Mercury PP-4603
    Connectors
    ATX
    2x2 12V
    PCI E
    6-pin AUX
    8-pin AUX
    5.25"
    3.5"
    SATA
    Fan Only
    24
    0
    0*
    1
    1
    7
    2
    2
    0

    *There is a "PCI-X ready" version of this PSU. Although this is not the unit I reviewed, apparently it has PCI Express connectors. I'm fairly positive a number of the other connectors are different as well.

      Seasonic S12
    Connectors
    ATX
    2x2 12V
    PCI E
    6-pin AUX
    8-pin AUX
    5.25"
    3.5"
    SATA
    Fan Only
    24
    1
    0
    0
    1
    6
    2
    2
    0

      Thermaltake TWV500W
    Connectors
    ATX
    2x2 12V
    PCI E
    6-pin AUX
    8-pin AUX
    5.25"
    3.5"
    SATA
    Fan Only
    20+4
    1
    2
    0
    0
    9
    2
    4
    0

    The Thermaltake features a 20-pin ATX connector with a 4-pin connector that slides into the side of the ATX connector making it a 24-pin connector.  The AMS and Seasonic come with a native 24-pin connectors and include a 24-to-20 pin adapter.

    The Thermaltake really takes advantage of it's modular features by providing way more cables than either the AMS or Seasonic and probably more than anyone would ever need.  Just plug in the cables you need and you're good to go. 

    Unfortunately, the Seasonic lacks PCI Express connectors.  Adapters are available, and it's really doubtful that you would use this 430W for a PC with SLI, but it's really too bad it doesn't come with at least one.

    Now that we've covered the cables



    let's load up the power supplies and see what happens.... Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. Testing
    3. The AMS Mercury PP-44603
    4. The Seasonic S-12-430
    5. The Thermaltake TWV500
    6. A look at the cables
    7. Load test results
    8. Conclusion


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