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    Powmax Demon 580W PSU
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:20/03/2005 11:32.49
    SLRating: SLRating: 5/10
    Bottom Line: The Powmax Demon 580W has red LED's, red weave over the cables and red power connectors, a Bo-Sox fan can really get his fix. At less than $50 its inexpensive, but is it any good?

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    Looking Inside

    As usual, I opened the power supply up and inside I found about half as much "power supply" as any of the other power supplies I have reviewed today. Two ideas came to mind. Either Moore's Law now applies to power supplies and Powmax is far advanced from other manufacturers, or the two components on the PCB that look like capacitors are actually uranium isotopes. Yes people... The Powmax Demon is not a switching power supply. It's actually a miniature nuclear reactor.... and the red glowing is NOT derived from LED's! I'ts radiation!!! Ok... Maybe not.

    The heat sinks are about as small as I've ever seen. They do not even run the length of the already small PCB. They only come up half way up the height of the housing and plateau into two little sheets of perforated aluminum.

    The main ATX cable has a red weave over it and the power connectors (minus the SATA connectors) are all red plastic.
    Pretty sharp looking, actually.

    Aesthetically, the Powmax has a whole lot of red going on. The ATX cable has red webbing over it, the Molex connectors are all red, the fans are red and the AC outlet is red. As soon as the unit is plugged in, the on/off switch glows red, and once it's turned on, the LED's in the fans kick out red light. All and all, a very ANGRY looking power supply.

    The Powmax does not seem to feature a thermostatically controlled fan, although the Powmax website implies that the "noise level (is a) maximum of 37db at 100% system loading." As if the fans actually spun slower and quieter at less load. Perhaps I had the power supply at full load from the moment I turned it on, because the inside fan was very loud. It's a good thing it's mounted INSIDE the case and not on the back like most power supplies. The components inside the PC from the front of the power supply to the outside actually baffles some of the noise.

    Studies show that the color red increases the heart rate, brain wave activity, and respiration. Yeah... That's what I need.

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    1. Introduction
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    3. Looking Inside
    4. Specifications
    5. Outcome
    6. Results
    7. Conclusions
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