|PCStats Test System Specs:|
||Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz (800MHz)|
||15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz|
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP i875P
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro, Catalyst 3.7
2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
||40GB Western Digital
||NEC 52x CD-ROM|
||Vantec 400W ION PSU|
||WindowsXP Build 2600|
*All voltages were read from the Motherboard BIOS.
Whenever someone talks to me about
computer problems, one of the first things that I do is ask about the power
supply they're using.
Those who know me say I have a vendetta against cheap power supplies, but I
don't see how anyone wouldn't be after seeing all the dead systems they have passed my way
Power supplies are probably one of the most important pieces of the computer,
yet most people don't give them much thought.
There's a saying "prevention is
better than a cure."
I'd say that
applies extremely well when talking about computer power supplies. Vantec impressed us last year
with their Stealth power supply, and with a retail price of just $80 CDN ($59 US) for the new Vantec
ION, there should be no excuse for anyone to pick up a generic power supply. You may
save $20 by doing so, only to spend another $800 later on to replace
all the hardware that could be fried when and if a poor quality power supply blows
The ION VAN-400B performed well in our system stress
test, and while the 12V rail did dip down to 11.82V, the change was within
fluctuation specs. With its long cables, ten molex connectors, two floppy drive power connectors, and
two molex to Serial ATA power connectors, the 400W Vantec ION is power supply should be
able to satisfy the needs of every user. Team that up with
its economical price and the choice is an easy one.
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