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Five Way Performance PSU Roundup - Vantec ION 400

It wasn't too terribly long ago that the power supply was just another component that had to be bought when it was time to build a new system. But times have changed with the advent of the newer more powerful computers hitting the market. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at five power supplies and gives some solid answers as to whether it might be just the right one for your own system.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 25, 2003 4:00 am

Vantec ION 400

 

 

While Vantec is primarily known for their line of cooling devices, they have recently been getting a lot of attention for their rheobus units that have become popular. So is it any surprise that they have broken into new grounds with a line of power supplies?

 

The ION 400 looks pretty standard at first glance, but we'll point out a couple of features that may make it stand out a little more in your opinion.

 

Being rated at 400 watts, you would expect some decent output levels, and you get them. This equates to 26A on the 3.3v rail, 40A on the 5v rail and 16A on the 12v rail. The unit is also designed to handle a peak output (less than 60 seconds) of 500 watts, so you have an abundance of power to play with.

 

Power leads consist of nine 4-pin Molex connectors and two floppy drive power leads. Also included are the 12v supplemental power and the Auxiliary connector for Pentium4 boards.

 

 

Remember when I told you that there were some added features? The back panel tells the story. You have a standard electrical outlet at your convenience! While this may not seem like a big deal, this gives a lot of flexibility when using external peripherals and/or lighting. Got a water cooler pump to plug in? Why not have it activated at the same time you power up the system? Some cool lighting effects for that personally modded case? They come on with the system.

 

Also of note is the small three-way toggle switch next to the rear fan. Since this particular PSU isn't created to be whisper silent, Vantec added a simple switch that allows you to adjust fan speeds. You can set it to low speed, medium speed or automatic. The automatic setting allows the PSU to adjust the fan speeds in accordance with a thermal probe within the unit.

 

But wait, that's not all!

 

 

With the growing popularity of Serial ATA devices, we now have the possibility of SATA power connectors. But instead of making them a part of the wiring harness, Vantec decided to include a pair of adaptors. Considering the fact that we have nine Molex connectors to work with, it is highly unlikely that you'll use all of them even with the SATA adaptors being used.

 

So you say you have a pair of the new Raptor drives in a RAID? No problem... you're covered.

 

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