When it comes right down to it, there is no substitute for a power supply that not only performs well, but also delivers exacting levels of power down all rails. The Allied 500 watt model tested today does exactly that. Not only that, but with 500 watts at your immediate disposal, you will have a lot of headroom for either some fancy lighting effects or for future upgrades. The SATA converter also ensures that those with a more modern system won't be left out in the cold. Add to all this the plentiful number of connectors and you have yourself a very workable PSU.
I'm not thrilled about the dual cabling wrapped in mesh for supplemental power, but as long as you make advance plans for this, you shouldn't have too much trouble working around it. It is just something that needs to be kept in mind when you start to work your magic when taking care of the wires and cabling.
As far as price is concerned, the MSRP goes in at US$89.99, but you can pick one up online for $69. This is a price that is on the low side of other units in the 500 watt range. Considering the performance levels seen, this works out to be a very good price for a quality power supply.
Bottom line...If you have been looking around for a new power supply and want one that is able to handle the stresses of an enthusiast rig, then you should make sure to put the Allied 500 watt model toward the top of your shopping list. With a generous supply of connectors, excellent power levels along all voltage rails, 500 watts of total power capabilities and a price that is at the low end of the 500w PSU spectrum, you simply cannot go wrong!
Good power performance along all voltage rails
500 watts of total power output
Plenty of connectors
Shared harness for supplemental connectors
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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