Antec TruePower 430W Power Supply Review
Power supplies are one of the most basic building
blocks of a computer system, and they are also one of the most
important . We've generally had
pretty good experiences with Antec's power supplies around here, so today we'll be
looking their TruePower 430W model.
I'm sure from your perspective a power supply looks like is a pretty bland
thing - after all, it's really just a metal box with some circuitry inside
that you install once, and forget about. Apart from the odd noisy fan, or a motor seizure
which causes overheating, there really isn't much to worry about, or is there?
If you like
to overclock your computer, a good power supply is the cornerstone. If it can't
deliver the right amounts of power at the right moment, you might be stuck with
the greatest processor and memory combination the world has ever known,
and be unable to do anything great with
We've seen this first hand through trial and
error, but unfortunately most people don't have the necessary
equipment to really test out how well a power supply will perform under heavy
We have seen a few trends which do offer some insight into a power supplies'
quality. Build quality speaks volumes for how much engineering has gone into
the power supply, and in this case the Antec 430W has a good overal
appearance. Peaking through the vents we can see nice sized heatsinks for the
internal electronics, and after powering up the unit we are greeted by a nearly
silent running unit.
|"ATV 12V" is the standard for P4, Athlon XP/MP systems.
"ATX 2.03" is an older standard for PIII and AMD K7 processors. ATX 12V PSU's like the Antec TruePower 430W also support older ATX 2.03 systems.
The TruePower comes with two extra Molex
connectors which also enable it to control the speed of case fans for overall
The gold plated fan grills are just for show,
and so they aren't worth much mention. The ATX power cables are sheathed to keep
things orderly, and there are a good assortment of molex and FDD power
connectors; (5) molex, (2) FDD, (1) 20-pin ATX, (1) 4-pin auxiliary power and
(1) 6-pin power connector.