In The Box
If you take only a quick glance, you might think this is a setup just like every other one available at the store. A closer look shows that there are a few extra items that you don't generally see. We'll dig deeper into this concept in a moment, but when was the last time you saw a driver disk for a power supply? Never?
Beginning with the main unit itself, we see a very conservative appearance. It doesn't glow with a chrome plating material, nor does it make you cover your eyes with a lot of extraneous lighting features, but it does maintain a smaller than average footprint while maintaining the ATX standard.
This is a mid-range power supply that is designed for those who are looking for a unit that can handle either a potent productivity system or a mainstream gaming rig. While it has two PCI-E connections, the overall power (500 watts) is really aiming at the single graphics card setup but with the ability to have a lot of memory and hard drive storage and still operate properly.
As far as the actual numbers are concerned, this particular model is designed to maintain a power output of 500 watts. It is rated at 26 amps on the 3.3v rail and 28 amps on the 5v rail. There are a total of three 12v rails with a combined rating of 54 amps. It comes with an Active PFC feature that is designed to help you get a more efficient flow of power, which can result in lower electric bills.
Like many power supplies on the market nowadays, the AcBel model being tested has a very sparse design on the exterior panel. With a port to take the main power cord and a simply On/Off toggle switch for main power, the rest of the space is covered in a mesh material that will aid in cooling by allowing better airflow through the unit.
Cooling is provided by a large 120mm fan that is very quiet during operation. For those with the eye for aesthetics, it even comes with LED lighting in the fan system. It emits a blue lighting effect from the bottom of the unit to give an ambient glow to the interior of the system enclosure. During testing I never had issues with cooling even under stress testing.
Cabling is plentiful and should handle the needs of most users. Besides the 20+4-pin main power coupler you also get two 4-pin auxiliary connectors, seven Molex connectors, four SATA connectors, two PCI-E connectors and one FDD connector. This should handle the needs of most systems and still give you room to grow. This particular model also includes something that I have always enjoyed...
The plastic shield you see covering the Molex cable is a simple innovation that has been seen on some power supplies. It allows you to squeeze the tabs together to allow the removal of the Molex from the component it is attached to. While very simple in design, it is very handy for those like me who are always adding and moving components around. It allows you to remove the Molex with no chance of damaging either the cable or the device.
So, now that we have taken a look at the power supply itself, what do we have that sets it apart from the rest? Nothing so far, but we aren't quite finished yet. Moving on!