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AcBel 500-watt LCD Power Supply with Software Monitoring - Testing

Are you looking for a mainstream PSU but with some extra fancy features to help monitor what's happening? Read on!

By: | Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 13, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: AcBel



When it comes to testing a power supply, there are two courses to travel. One takes you down a path using a device to stress out the PSU and provide data regarding the power levels across all three rails. The second, and the one I make use of, utilizes an actual test system to give a more real-world account of what the power supply is capable of. While both methods have their merits, I prefer to use an actual computer to more closely resemble the manner of use that you, the potential customer, will put the product through.


That said, let's take a quick look at the test system. At the request of readers, I have beefed up the system to put a more realistic strain on the power supply.


Gigabyte 965P-DS4 motherboard (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor


2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500-C5 memory (Supplied by Corsair)


GeCube X1900XTX graphics (Supplied by GeCube)


Sapphire X1900XT graphics (Supplied by Sapphire)


Western Digital 250GB SATA hard drive


2x Western Digital 160GB SATA hard drives


Western Digital 80GB hard drive


Sony 52x CD-ROM optical drive


Samsung 16x DVD-R optical drive


2x 120mm fans


4x 80mm fans





While I tested the power supply with two video cards, I noted a bit of instability while stressing both out. After removing one and testing again, I had no such issues. This power supply is not made for those with outrageous enthusiast rigs, but for those running a couple of nVidia GeForce 7600 series cards in SLI, I doubt you will have any problems because of the lower power requirements. The two cards I used today are rather hungry and this mid-level PSU had a difficult time with the tests.


That said, there were very good results with the overall power levels of this power supply. I noted very little drop between idle and load power levels across the three primary power rails and also had a very steady voltage reading when keeping the multimeter hooked up to any given rail. This bodes well for those looking for a new power supply but wanting something a bit out of the ordinary as well.

Antec Neo HE 550 550-Watt Power Supply


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