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Great price for a quality, modular PSU (has removable cables to minimise clutter) with a 3 year warranty.

* ATX12V version 2.0
* Modular cable design, use only the cables you need.
* Dual 12V output circuitry provides added system stability and meets 240VA UL requirements and safety purpose: 12V1 for Motherboard and peripherals; 12V2 for processor
* ATX12V v2.0 compliance allows SmartPower 2.0 to consume up to 25% less power than standard power supplies, saving you money on your electric bill. 24-pin power connector with detachable 4-pin section for backwards compatibility with ATX 20-pin motherboards.
* 4 SATA Connectors support Serial ATA optical drives
* Flow-through dual 80mm fans (one intake and one exhaust)
* Unique Dual Fans Technology: exhaust fan starts to spin when the power supply reaches certain temperatures to ensure proper airflow, the second fan spins on power up
* Increased 12V output capability for system components that consume more power from 12V rail
* PCI-E graphic connector
* PF value greater than 90% (EU only)
* Gold plated connector for superior conductivity
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#1
£34.68 with shipping.

If you're buying anything else at over £20 then it's free shipping.

Truly solid PSU (if unspectacular). Good warranty. Great price. Very hot.
#2
Yeah sorry forgot to mention final price and free delivery over £50. My sentiments also - unspectacular yet very solid, its not the newest model but should easily power any single graphics card system.
#3
Anyone got a hot tip for something over 700w?
#4
Hi, Good find.

£40.41 through CCLonline.com (£46.40 including delivery).
http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=13946&category_id=263&manufacturer_id=0

Edit: Managed to find details on the manufacturers web-site:-
http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=14501

PDF:-
http://www.antec.com/pdf/manuals/SmartPower500_En.pdf

Voted hot.
#5
CCL are a great crowd. Just down the road from me too so I can collect
#6
It's only a Power Supply Unit...how on earth is it supposed to be "spectacular"??:giggle:
#7
Fair point :giggle:

Doesn't have the go-faster-stripes of the high end model though
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0129282_C0000149_P0000000.jpg
#8
is it powerful enough for core2duo tower, looks a good price

if only i could get the 2GB crucial ballistix at 40 quid like when they had the google code it would be a vey cheap pc
#9
core 2 duo is an efficient cpu, uses less power than an older pentium 4. This PSU will comfortably power any system except those using 2 high end graphics cards in SLI/crossfire configuration.
#10
RedOnRed
It's only a Power Supply Unit...how on earth is it supposed to be "spectacular"??:giggle:


Efficiency. Low noise. Stupid question.
#11
PoisonJam
Efficiency. Low noise. Stupid question.


Since the last time I skimped by buying a no-name power supply, I'd add 'not exploding after five minutes of use' to that list.
#12
PoisonJam
Efficiency. Low noise. Stupid question.


Does that hardly make it spectacular? Stupid answer.
#13
RedOnRed
Does that hardly make it spectacular?


Yes. I have a completely passive system. No fans running at all. I also build systems for people with home recording studios who need silent/exceptionally quiet PCs and, hence, PSUs. Personally, I just like a very quiet/silent PC.

I have an Antec Phantom PSU in my system. If you're not familiar with it it's a semi-passive PSU. The thing has huge heatsinks and uses its external casing as a heatsink also. I run CPU heavy apps and the fan doesn't turn on once during use. How does it achieve this? Exceptional efficiency (which is also better for the environment, might I add). That's exceptional. Lets see one of the cheapo units you seem to like harping on about achieve that?

It's not such a niche thing either. Many people have media centre PCs in their lounge now-a-days. They also demand very quiet systems and cheap PSUs just aren't designed to be quiet or efficient.

Fine. You don't appreciate good quality PSUs as you've clearly shown. Leave us who do care to get on with it.
#14
Is this the same PSU on dabs?
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3PM9

If it is, which I think it is, it's getting slated in some of the reviews for dieing after six months or so.

I almost bought that PSU as Antec stuff is obviously normally top notch, just all the reviews were a bit of a put off.
#15
PoisonJam
Fine. You don't appreciate good quality PSUs as you've clearly shown. Leave us who do care to get on with it.

On the contrary and obviously I appreciate anything that is good quality. You're making remarks out of context here. The point that I was trying to make was how can it be spectacular when it's only a PSU. The PC can be but not the PSU. You seem to be drifting away from that point.

A decent sports car like a Ferrari or something can be spectacular but an unseen workdog like part just isn't. If it is perhaps i'm just not anal enough or something.

By the way, I see nothing necessarily wrong with using a cheapo PSU. It all depends on what your requirements are. If you're trying to achieve the level of silence you are and need every drop of power out of it then clearly a cheap one wouldn't be fit for purpose. Those aren't particularly my requirements so for the past 15 years cheap ones have served me well.
#16
RedOnRed

A decent sports car like a Ferrari or something can be spectacular but an unseen workdog like part just isn't.


What makes a good Ferrari truly spectacular is not the shiny red, or the design but the engine.

I would put more care into purchasing a PSU for a gaming rig than I would with any other component probably (save for the case maybe). PSU's most certainly can be spectacular, in the wider context of PSU's, just like they can be average, poor, good value etc.

Out of curiosity PoisonJam, do you have a link to the PSU you are using? Looking to build a new PC soon :)
#17
RedOnRed
The point that I was trying to make was how can it be spectacular when it's only a PSU. The PC can be but not the PSU. You seem to be drifting away from that point.


I just explained that (and put the effort into a a lengthy explanation) :o

My PC couldn't be described as silent (and believe me when I say I don't abuse that word like many Manufacturers/marketing people do) if it wasn't for a fantastically efficient and stable, fanless PSU. I'd say having a PSU that runs silently and passively is pretty exceptional.

If you mean you don't get it then that's fair enough. I don't play games so I don't get flustered over the latest graphics cards but I don't dispute the reasons for those that do.

And yes, I am am very anal about silencing.
#18
jay123
What makes a good Ferrari truly spectacular is not the shiny red, or the design but the engine.

I would put more care into purchasing a PSU for a gaming rig than I would with any other component probably (save for the case maybe). PSU's most certainly can be spectacular, in the wider context of PSU's, just like they can be average, poor, good value etc.

Out of curiosity PoisonJam, do you have a link to the PSU you are using? Looking to build a new PC soon :)


Here it is but I would not recommend it unless you're very specific about low-noise as it's not a great value PSU in simple terms... In fact, even if you are very specific about low-noise, a Seasonic S12 or Corsair unit might be better suited to a gaming system. The fan in the latter mentioned PSUs are very quiet and will be drowned out by any case/graphics card fans and HDs so save yourself the money.

Contrastingly the Phantom is only silent until it reaches a threshold where the fan actually starts up - under higher loads/heat due to load - when it actually becomes a little noisy. The Seasonic/Corsair units maintain a very reasonable noise level right up to their maximum output.
#19
PoisonJam
Here it is but I would not recommend it unless you're very specific about low-noise as it's not a great value PSU in simple terms... In fact, even if you are very specific about low-noise, a Seasonic S12 or Corsair unit might be better suited to a gaming system. The fan in the latter mentioned PSUs are very quiet and will be drowned out by any case/graphics card fans and HDs so save yourself the money.

Contrastingly the Phantom is only silent until it reaches a threshold where the fan starts up, under higher loads/heat due to load, when it actually becomes a little noisy. The Seasonic/Corsair units maintain a very reasonable noise level right up to their maximum output.


Cheers fella :thumbsup: Should have mentioned it's not a gaming PC, but a HTPC. It's been added to the list of things to review come pay day :-D
#20
jay123
Cheers fella :thumbsup: Should have mentioned it's not a gaming PC, but a HTPC. It's been added to the list of things to review come pay day :-D


No problem :thumbsup:

If you have any questions when it comes nearer the time feel free to ask/PM me or whatever. Even better, create a thread and PM me a link to it and you'll get everyone's input that way.

I would say have a look at the Antec Fusion as your first point of call. It can be made to be quiet very easily and comes with a good, quiet PSU made by Seasonic for Antec (and re-badged as Antec).
#21
I've been involved in PC's for more years then I can now remember but this specialist home PC market with neon lights and flashy cases and PSU's strikes me as being the PC equivalent of hanging around outside Tescos at 1am on a Saturday night with souped up Vauxhall Novas.:whistling:

One of the guys at work has a home PC which always has to have the biggest flashiest most refrigerated case and fastest processor etc, etc and when you ask him what he runs on it thinking it's likely to be heavy graphics, latest games or home studio stuff it turns out he uses it for a bit of surfing and basic apps.

I know not everyone's like that but for some people it's just what they have to have...each to their own though.
#22
I have one of these PSUs - it stopped working last weekend. My computer's fans spun up, but nothing else, when I tried swapping the Antec PSU for a 5+ year old PSU I had lying about, my computer booted again.
#23
hi
i rember reading the other psu thread

i have been a system builder for about 10 years now and the amount of times i have clients turning up with the - our computer wont turn on

nine times out of ten the computers wont power up no beeping bios codes just a dead system

replace power supply :thumbsup:

if there is one component not to scrimp and scrape on its a psu

and the golden rule of computing

BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP
#24
Well, it obviously depends on your use of the PC. If you are just going to be using it for surfing and little more, then something like a PSU need be nothing more than reliable. For other needs, you will need to broaden your scope with regards to what is required from your components and what is acceptable. In those terms, a PSU can be spectacular compared to another. If all you are looking for is reliability, than it is very unlikely any PSU on the market will smack you as 'spectacular' unless it guarentees to never fault in over 100 years of continuous use!

All the PC's I have ever built for myself look perfectly normal from the outside, but I always have the best components I can purchase with the budget I set, with my uses in mind, specifically gaming and video encoding.

End of the day, the point myself and PoisonJam I think were trying to make is that PSU's are far more important component than you seem to want to give them credit for. Looking down at people who take it seriously and likening them to 'chavs' only really serves to highlight your own ignorance of the situation (and before you start, I get that you are an IT person for many, many years - I wasn't questioning your IT knowledge).

As a slight aside, the Sonata III is out :w00t:
#25
spladam
Is this the same PSU on dabs?
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3PM9

If it is, which I think it is, it's getting slated in some of the reviews for dieing after six months or so.

I almost bought that PSU as Antec stuff is obviously normally top notch, just all the reviews were a bit of a put off.



thanks for that

with it being an antec i thought it should be decent quality

iv got a 350w smartpower which is close to 4 years old and is still running happily 24/7

in light of those reviews il give it a miss
#26
RedOnRed
I've been involved in PC's for more years then I can now remember but this specialist home PC market with neon lights and flashy cases and PSU's strikes me as being the PC equivalent of hanging around outside Tescos at 1am on a Saturday night with souped up Vauxhall Novas.:whistling:


I find it's most cheap cases that have the blue LEDs up the front while more expensive cases tend to be classier. Also, most of the top PSUs (quality wise) are very basic in appearance, usually just being black. They sell on quality rather than gimmicks. I tend to find it's the low/mid cross-off category price PSU market that adds gimmicks to make sales

I have a P180 - a very understated case design if ever I saw one! :)
#27
Antec generally make very solid PSU's but this one has had some mixed press. I tend to check the US website newegg.com for ratings as they tend to shift a lot of PC kit. Many, many people on there complain this PSU fails within the first few weeks/months of life.

However, for a branded 500W PSU this is a very good price - much cheaper than elsewhere so it is hot.
#28
The warranty is rubbish on antec, they make you send it back to the netherlands!
#29
gary_rip
The warranty is rubbish on antec, they make you send it back to the netherlands!

But if its in warranty, shouldn't they have to cover the shipping costs?
#30
PoisonJam
I find it's most cheap cases that have the blue LEDs up the front while more expensive cases tend to be classier. Also, most of the top PSUs (quality wise) are very basic in appearance, usually just being black. They sell on quality rather than gimmicks. I tend to find it's the low/mid cross-off category price PSU market that adds gimmicks to make sales


It's true. I've been trying to find a "modest" low-price case, and the choices are very limited. Most are just tacky looking geek mobiles. So I have opted to buy a pricier Antec p182.

As for psu's; I think they are the most important item in a pc. You don't one blowing up and taking the rest of your components with it. I'm going for a corsair myself as I want a reasonably quiet pc with a tidy cable setting to allow adequate air flow.

Edit;

Also, Coolermaster have now fallen into line with Corsair and offered a 5-year warrenty on their psu's.
#31
spladam
But if its in warranty, shouldn't they have to cover the shipping costs?


Im told they dont... and that the place you buy it from only covers it for 1 year...
#32
gary_rip
Im told they dont... and that the place you buy it from only covers it for 1 year...

That seems wrong - I've never heard any company doing that before.

If that were to be true, I'd certainly be pushing for a refund from Antec for shipping. A 2-3KG package Fedex'ed to The NL won't be cheap.
#33
They said i had to cover cost of shipping!
#34
i once had to rma a psu to antec
think it was a powercut that caused it to blow

i went to the postoffice and it would of been around £20 to send it to netherlands

i emailed antec and they sent me a new one without returning it after id sent them pictures of the psu with the leads cut off to prove it was dead and would of been of no use to me


i dont even know if ebuyer cover the first year
it was a fair hassle to sort out and probably took around 1 month in total
which means youd need a different psu in the mean time

could well be better paying more and going for a brand with uk advanced replacement rmas

i think i read tagan would send you out a new psu on the same day you reported yours broken if you gave them your credit card details
then you had a week or so to send the old broken one in to avoid being charged for another


in defence of this psu, computer forum users seem to be very easily swayed and tend to jump on the bandwagon of complaints, like with the old qtecs which got slated, for every complaint there were likely 100 happy users... the dabs ones could of been a bad batch, with 1 dodgy 3rd party component

however tales of them packing in after 5 months is worrying
and as iv experienced the long winded rma procedure first hand will probably give it a miss this time and get a tagan
#35
With a PSU, you get what you pay for - like a lot of things in life. Any premium for brand name, etc aside, the extra cost is due to higher specification components that have tighter tolerances and increased stability on the individual voltage rails at higher power draw (exactly the same as you find on high end motherboards with better quality capacitors, etc).

If you're building a low spec machine to surf the web and answer email then a cheap PSU might prove more than sufficient - little point spending £80 on a top end PSU if that's 25% of your budget, but not sure I'd trust a £20 PSU with my £200 CPU & £300 graphics card. What's suitable is relative to other system components really.

P.S. The comment regarding how can it be spectacular since it's only a PSU - I'm sure that if you were a PSU designer or geek, this is plenty enough to get excited about. It's all a matter of context.
#36
gary_rip
They said i had to cover cost of shipping!

Outrageous.

A wee bit off topic, but my PSU uses around 200 Watts of power the majority of the time (its a 450W PSU). Is that friendly to the lecci bill? I don't really understand how that all works out.
1 Like #37
Biffo
The comment regarding how can it be spectacular since it's only a PSU - I'm sure that if you were a PSU designer or geek, this is plenty enough to get excited about. It's all a matter of context.


Yes, fair comment. It's just that in the big world of corporate IT i'm surrounded by PSU's all the time and in this environment I can honestly say that they certainly don't get me salivating, rubbing my thighs or revving my engine.
#38
RedOnRed
...I can honestly say that they certainly don't get me salivating, rubbing my thighs or revving my engine.


Thats probably a good thing!!! They don't do very much for me either (although my one at home is an Antec TrueBlue with blue LED fans :oops: )
#39
spladam
Outrageous.

A wee bit off topic, but my PSU uses around 200 Watts of power the majority of the time (its a 450W PSU). Is that friendly to the lecci bill? I don't really understand how that all works out.


Depends on the PSU. Some are as much as 80% efficient (minimum to meet the 80 plus spec) while some can be as low as 50% or under. If your system is pulling 200W DC then a PSU with an efficiency of 50% is pulling 400W from the mains (AC) while a PSU with 80% efficiency would only be drawing 280W. I think that's right... it's early in the morning :whistling:

If I've worked that out right, the difference is more than you running an extra 100W bulb for all the time your PC is on. For some people (downloaders, home servers etc) that can be 24/7.

You could say that a high efficiency PSU will pay for itself after a year or two of use...

*Note that I said high efficiency and not high power, expensive, overkill "gaming" PSU ;-)
#40
PoisonJam
Depends on the PSU. Some are as much as 80% efficient (minimum to meet the 80 plus spec) while some can be as low as 50% or under. If your system is pulling 200W DC then a PSU with an efficiency of 50% is pulling 400W from the mains (AC) while a PSU with 80% efficiency would only be drawing 280W. I think that's right... it's early in the morning :whistling:

If I've worked that out right, the difference is more than you running an extra 100W bulb for all the time your PC is on. For some people (downloaders, home servers etc) that can be 24/7.

You could say that a high efficiency PSU will pay for itself after a year or two of use...

I am still a bit confused, but I think I get what your saying.

According to the blurb with my PSU, it says its typically 75% efficient, so I am assuming that's good.

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