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My first PSU died. I didn't have a lot of money I was willing to spend, but I didn't want to wait for shipping to get my computer up and running again. So I took a trip down to CompUSA and picked up a Antec SmartPower 2.0 500Watt ATX 12V v2.0 power supply for $99. Here is what I think about it:

This power supply is not huge, just a half inch larger than a proprietary PSU, it has 2 80mm fans, Antec push-pull system. This PSU has a modular setup, it comes with:
2 SATA Power Cables each with 2 SATA plugs
2 Molex cables each with 3 ends
2 Floppy Drive Connectors each with 2 floppy plugs (they plug into the molex)
2 PCIe cables (for you big bad graphics card)
It also has several spare SATA and Molex connectors, with instructions on how to add them to your system.

All cables are wrapped in a mesh for a clutter free PSU unit. Also one of the PSU's fans must be connected to a motherboard fan power.

The fans are very quiet, I thought that they were not working at first. They are thermally controlled and turn off when the temperatures are low enough.

The PSU come with 4 ports for any combination of the available cables. This may be it's only drawback as many other models have 5 ports. Also the 24 pin cable for the motherboard has the end detachable so it works with 20 pin motherboards.

This board has a 3 year warrenty, and 80,000 MTBF (mean time between failure)

My opinion: I will probably never buy another brand of PSU after this one. Antec has really impressed me. I really recommend this PSU to anyone, 500W is plenty for most people.
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how stable are the rails?
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+5V +12V1 +12V2 +3.3V -12V +5Vsb
Max: 35A 17A 19A 32A .3A 2.0A
Min: .05A 1A 1A .5A 0A 0A


I am not real familiar with rails, but I believe this may help? Could you explain rails?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi
+5V +12V1 +12V2 +3.3V -12V +5Vsb
Max: 35A 17A 19A 32A .3A 2.0A
Min: .05A 1A 1A .5A 0A 0A


I am not real familiar with rails, but I believe this may help? Could you explain rails?
It looks great
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Antec makes quality stuff, I jus picked up a true power II 550 watt for my new sli rig.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi
+5V +12V1 +12V2 +3.3V -12V +5Vsb
Max: 35A 17A 19A 32A .3A 2.0A
Min: .05A 1A 1A .5A 0A 0A


I am not real familiar with rails, but I believe this may help? Could you explain rails?

that is the max power your psu can provide on each rail. for example 12v1 can provide 17a max and 12v2 can do 19a.

what I was asking is how stable are each of the rails? for example each rail 3.3v, 5v. and 12v (in your case both 12v rails) for each rail the actual voltage should be +/- 5% or less. so can you monitor your voltages and post how stable they are
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post #7 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2
so can you monitor your voltages and post how stable they are
What program do I use to moniter voltage? Or what tool?
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