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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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    A look at the cables...

     
    Connectors
     
    ATX
    2x2 12V
    PCI E
    6-pin AUX
    8-pin AUX
    5.25"
    3.5"
    SATA
    Fan Only
    Enermax
    EG495P-VE
    20+4
    1
    1
    0
    0
    7
    2
    4
    0
    Antec
    NeoPower 480W
    24
    1
    1
    0
    1
    11*
    2**
    4***
    2
    Silverstone
    Zeus ST52F
    24
    1
    1
    1#
    1
    6
    2
    4
    0


    *Two of the 5.25" power connectors are included in a Ziploc bag and need to be "crimped" onto the cable.
    ** The two additional 3.25" connectors come in the form of a Y-adapter that fits onto a 5.25" power connector.
    *** Two SATA connectors are included in a Ziploc bag and need to be "crimped" onto a cable.
    # This AUX connector is a 2x3 interface instead of the typical row of 6 found on most boards.

    The Enermax 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 Antec and Silverstone come as 24-pin connectors and include a 24-to-20 pin adapter.

    The Antec actually comes with additional 5.25" drive Molexes and SATA connectors that crimp onto other power wires.  This allows the user to crimp on their own connectors whereever they may need them.  The NeoPower is also the only power supply we reviewed that had a Fan Only power connector that controls case fan RPM by lower voltages during lower temperatures.

    Now that we've covered the obvious attributes of each power supply, let's load 'em up and see who squirms!



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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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