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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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    In Conclusion...

    No doubt that all three of these power supplies are awesome, but despite the pros, there's still some cons...

    Enermax EG495P-VE

    Pros:

    • At just under $100, the least expensive of our three PSU's
    • Highest rated 12V rails of the bunch.
    • Very stable rails.
    • Very quiet, even with fans turned up to full RPM's.
    • Very efficient.

    Cons:

    • Lacks in the bling department (modular, lights, etc.), but that doesn't matter to most users.
    • No Active PFC.

    Antec NeoPower

    Pros:

    • Modular cables.
    • Extremely stable 12V rails.
    • Very quiet.
    • Fan only connector controls case fans.
    • More connectors than you could possibly ever need.

    Cons:

    • Definitely the least prettiest modular power supply I've seen.

    Silverstone Zeus ST52F

    Pros:

    • Fairly quiet.

    Cons:

    • Expensive.
    • Rails were not very stable.
    • Expensive.

    Grading these was tough, but with stable rails and quiet operation, both the Enermax and Antec are going to come out on top.  The Enermax having better efficiency weighed out the Antec's PFC, but the Antec being modular bumped the Enermax.  That said, don't hesitate to consider the Enermax if modular cables are unimportant to you.

    Enermax EG495P-VE scores a very high 9.

    Antec NeoPower 480W scores a 9.5.

    Slightly louder than the other two, and with not so stable rails, the Silverstone gets knocked down a few notches.  The price hurts it's score too.  Still, the Silverstone is a very good power supply overall, but in this shootout it's a bit out done.

    Silverstone Zeus ST52F scores a high 8.



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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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