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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 Antec NeoPower 480W

    Certainly, Antec had no desire to make an "attractive" power supply when they came out with the NeoPower.  With the gun-metal gray finish and the un-finished modular cables, I've certainly seen nicer looking units.  But power supply's primary function is to provide power to your PC.  Not make a fashion statement.

    Modular cables are fastened via a 6-pin power connector.

    Clearly the primary function of having modular power cables when considering this unit is air-flow.  By only using the cables you need, you limit the number of stray cables wandering around inside the case blocking air-flow.  And by all means, cables that aren't plugged into anything is hardly attractive.

    This is what the NeoPower cables look like. No sleeves, no heatshrink.  No frills.

    A single 120MM fan does the cooling here.

    No noise compaints with the Antec NeoPower.  A 120MM fan spinning at a lower RPM can move just as much air as an 80MM fan, and since the 120MM can accomodate more surface area, a single fan is often all that's required.  Speaking of fans; the NeoPower also comes with a "Fan Only" interface that allows the power supply's built in thermistor to control your case's fans.

    The "Fan Only" connectors allow the NeoPower to thermostatically control your case fans.

    Of course, it's a Channelwell inside.

    Finally, let's look at the Silverstone...

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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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