TruePower 330 PSU and Antec Fans 10/10. Date Posted 24/08/2002.
most people buy a power supply they want it to be reliable and be powerful
enough for their system. I am one of those people. I also dislike power
supplies that sound like jets taking off. This Antec TruePower 330 PSU
is rated as pumping out 330 Watts of power. This is more than most power
supplies, which tend to supply under 300 Watts. I found the Antec more
than powerful enough. It managed to easily power my dual Athlon system
(with two 1.2GHz Athlon Thunderbird processors - notoriously power hungry
beasts), so it should be able to power just about any processor you throw
at it. It is officially both P4 and AMD Athlon compatable, which is reassuring.
There is also a switch on the power supply to turn it off, for example
if your computer crashes and the main power button is not responsive.
I wish more manufacturers would follow Antec and do this, since it is
frankly unacceptable to be unplugging main power supply everytime the
computer crashes! It does have several special features including dedicated
circuits for different rated appliance (eg. one for 3V components, one
for 5V etc.)
of the PSU is relatively simple, especially given that I have never actually
installed one! There are more than enough connectors for even the most
demanding users. Every connector is gold plated, for higher conductivity.
The motherboard power cable is surrounded by special material, I was not
too sure what this was for. There are also two special system fan connectors
and a 3 pin connector, which plugs into the motherboard. Strictly speaking
you do not need to plug the 3 pin connector into the motherboard. However,
if you don't you won't get the benefit of the TruePower system on your
system fans. The idea of TruePower is very simple, it regulates the speed
of your fans by monitoring the system temperature. However, the manual
specifies that you should only attach ordinary fans to the "fan only
connector". If you already have thermally controlled fans (like Antec
Smartfans) they should be put on the ordinary power connectors. The power
supply itself has two fans and these benefit from TruePower, so they spin
as slowly as possible, only increasing speed when they need too. This
is clever than other fans or PSUs which require the user to manually change
the fan speed. In addition having two fans (rather than the usual one)
should improve the cooling of the PSU. The fan on the inside of the case
also contributes to cooling the case, as well as the PSU.
also tested out the PSU with some Antec 80x80mm fans. These are ordinary
fans, and are good value for money, but don't have any ground breaking
features. They certainly look similar to other fans I've tested. You can
also buy transparent versions with LEDs, perfect for those of you with
window cases. The PSU actually boasts one of these transparent fans. If
you are already buying this PSU, there is not much need spending extra
money on special thermally controlled fans!
PSU is incredibly quiet. Antec call this Low Noise Technology.. I can
it virtually NO NOISE! Coupled with some Zalman Flower Coolers, I could
bearly hear my system. The previous PSU was very noisy, and hence the
difference was very noticeable. You can only just about hear a slight
whining sound which indicates the PSU is on. At 50 pounds the PSU not
the cheapest around, but it is worth every penny just the silence! I can
now play back MP3s on my computer without being distracted, or watch DVDs.
If you value silence you'll almost certainly value the TruePower 330.