The Enermax EG495P-VE
The Enermax power supply
certainly looks "pretty," and without having to bling
things out with a glossy finish and UV reactive cables. The housing is an understated
metallic blue, with a presigeous "Enermax" stamped out into the steel.
Enermax finds a happy medium: Sleeve bearing fans are often quieter than ball
Enermax always uses ball bearing, which last longer, but
Enermax has no issues with noise.
A little blast from the past:
My first "real" PSU was an Enermax. It
was in 2000 and I remember it being the first PSU I had ever owned that had
a "grill" instead of having the fan vents cut into the steel.
The only real "added feature" to
this unit is the speed controller for the fan. At idle, there was little to no difference between the lowest setting
and the highest setting. In other words, the power supply was very quiet
regardless of how it was set. Since we are going to load the power supply
up pretty high for a fairly long period of time, I'm going to leave the knob
cranked all of the way up.
The knob on the back, shown here, adjusts the fan's speed.
All of the cables have webbing on them coming out of the power supply....
But only that ATX connector is webbed all of the way to the end.
I jumped on the "heatsinks
too small" bandwagon and I think I'm going to jump back off.
If heatsinks are
too small, they don't disipate heat from
the MOSFET's effectively. Too large and they block air-flow. I
think I'll leave the "heatsinks are too small" judgement calls to the engineers.
at the Antec NeoPower next.....