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Topower 520watt Power Supply Review - Conclusion

Power supplies are usually one of the most underestimated components in a system. Recently, however, there has been a lot of testing with the PSU because many systems have cratered due to insufficient power. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a very hard look at the Topower 520watt PSU. With multimeter in hand, he tackles the burning question of "Can this PSU really do 520?" Come see for yourself!

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 24, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Topower

Conclusion

 

After subjecting the unit to quite exhaustive tests, the Topower 520watt PSU meets its ratings and designed specifications. Overall, we were very impressed with the unit. It is well built, featuring neat wiring and a very clean interior. Power cables are long enough to fit just about every case out there and the variety of connectors ensures that even the most hardcore enthusiast will be able to power all of their devices and then some without a problem.

 

Furthermore, the three fans ensure sufficient cooling and the switchable AC socket allows you to keep your electricity bill as low as possible. With a maximum output current of 520watt, the unit is admittedly more than the average user will ever require, however, there are lower rated models out there which I trust will perform just as well as our 520watt model did. At a price of around US$130, the unit is not cheap, however, it is certainly one of the cheapest 520watt power supplies currently on the market.

 

- Pros

 

Huge 520watt maximum output current

 

Excellent performance

 

Three fans

 

Supports all current AMD and Intel processors

 

Long cables

 

Plenty of connectors

 

- Cons

 

Slightly expensive

 

Long cables can cause unwanted clutter

 

Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editor's Choice Award

 

 

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