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    Dual 12V Rail PSU Shootout
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:31/05/2005 15:13.08
    Enermax SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Neopower SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Silverstone SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: Grading of the Enermax, Antec and Silverstone Power Supplies was tough, but with stable rails and quiet operation, both the Enermax and Antec are going to come out on top.

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    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 bearing fans.
    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.

    Let's look at the Antec NeoPower next.....

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    1. Test Methodology
    2. Introduction
    3. Enermax EG495P-VE
    4. Antec NeoPower 480W
    5. The Silverstone Zeus ST52F
    6. A Look At The Cables
    7. Load Test Results
    8. Conclusions

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