The Akasa PowerPlus AK-P550FF
is quite attractive for a PSU, with
a gunmetal gray reflective finish and a honeycomb grill at the 'front'
of the unit. The power supply is slightly longer than your typical ATX
PSU at 180mm long. Owners of small, cramped cases
might want to think of an upgrade before taking on the PowerPlus AK-P550FF. The PSU is also
very heavy, generally a reassuring sign when it comes to power supplies. All the power cables are sleeved in
black plastic mesh.
A single 80mm SanyoDenki fan mounted
on the back of the unit provides ventilation, while the honeycomb grill on the front allows
for air intake.
The PowerPlus AK-P550FF's cables are wrapped in circular black
plastic mesh sleeves which keep them well separated and flexible. The cable layout comprises dual
six-pin video power connectors, four SATA power connectors, nine Molex drive connectors (featuring easy-grip heads), two floppy drive
power connectors and the 4-pin and 24/20-pin ATX power connectors.
Inside, the PowerPlus AK-P550FF is dominated by two large heatsinks and
some seriously hefty capacitors,
which explains the weight of the unit.
Note the potentiometers mentioned earlier (below, the little robinson-screw like
These can be adjusted easily, but require a light and careful touch. Akasa
has tied the cables
neatly out of the way, and the
inside of this unit has a general feel of good
the 80mm Sanyo Denki fan used in the PowerPlus AK-P550FF is a
little louder than other power supplies we've looked at
recently. Unlike most PSUs, this one may actually be audible over the rest
of your system components, especially if you are using a fairly
silent CPU cooler. On
the whole though, it produces quite a mellow noise, and certainly not deafeningly loud, so
it didn't worry us.