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PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC Power Supply - PCSTATS
Abstract: I'm always amazed to see people spend thousands of dollars on a computer yet equip it with a generic 300W PSU.
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External Mfg. Website: PC Power and Cooling Jun 06 2003   C. Sun  
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PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC Power Supply

Power supplies are often the most overlooked component in any computer system. I'm always amazed to see people spend thousands of dollars on a computer yet equip it with a generic 300W PSU.

Computers these days require not just more power, they're now also much more picky on the type of power it receives. Unfortunately a bad power supply can masquerade itself as an entirely different problems so trouble shooting a bad PSU or inadequate power source can be very difficult.

The more experienced/hardcore overclocker out there knows well how important a good PSU is when it comes to overclocking and pushing the hardware to its absolute limits. Enter PC Power & Cooling...

While PC Power & Cooling is not as well known to the average PC user as say Enermax or Antec, they have been producing some of the highest quality computer power supplies since 1985.

Today we're going to be checking out the "mac daddy" of all desktop power supplies in the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC. With a retail price of $255 CDN ($189 US) the power supply is easily one of the most expensive on the market, but high quality parts have always demanded a high price. Judging by their Reseller Rating it's safe to assume that their customers are happy.

While the Turbo-Cool 510-PFC is nothing special to look at on the outside, the innards of the PSU is quite impressive but we'll get to that a bit later. You probably noticed that there is no power switch on the back of the PSU, while that may be a bit of an annoyance PC P & C said that they'll be adding an external power switch very soon. Thanks to the active PFC (Power Factor Correction) the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC does not have the usual 115V/220V switch on the back. The Turbo-Cool PSU will just automatically detect what type of power you're using and switch accordingly.

As you can see PC Power & Cooling relies on honeycomb air vents to help keep the power supply cool. The honeycomb design is much more efficient in letting the air travel (less turbulence) then the regular slit type vents.

The Turbo-Cool 510-PFC has a total of eight molex connectors, two floppy as well as the main ATX, ATX12V and Aux power lines. We would have liked to see the main ATX power connector wrapped in some wire loom which protects the wires from potential damage. We were very surprised to see how flexible and moldable the cables were. While the wires are much softer then we're use with other power supplies, they're also quite tough and difficult to break

Officially rated at 510W, PC Power & Cooling is not like most other manufacturers when they quote wattage, voltages or amperages. Instead of using peak values which makes the PSU look better, PC P & C lists their sustained values instead and they're still mighty impressive!

According to PC P & C the Turbo-Cool 510 PFC is able to provide 510W of power (at 40 degrees Celsius while most other manufacturers get their maximum wattage readings at 25 degrees Celsius) and the 3.3V can deliver 30 Amps, 5V line 40 Amps and most importantly 12V line can pump out 34 sustained Amps (38 Amps during peak loads). FormFactors.org dictates that voltages during peak loads can only vary 5% which is what most manufacturer's adhere to but PC Power & Cooling does one better, their Turbo-Cool 510-PFC PSU will only vary 1% while under stress.

The Importance of the 12V Line...

While the computer industry has made great strides in the past few years, unfortunately most generic power supply manufacturers have not kept up. What I mean by that is modern processors (AthlonXP, Pentium 4's) draw their power from the 12V line, however most PSU's on the market are still built around the 5V rail where the Pentium 2-3 processors got their power.

According to Intel a Pentium 4 3.06 GHz processor draws 9.7 amps off the 12V rail itself, if you're using a generic 300-400W PSU that leaves very little room for anything else. You can guess what happens when the processor does not get enough current, mainly hard locks and spontaneous reboots when under heavy load.

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Contents of Article: PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC
 Pg 1.  — PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-PFC Power Supply
 Pg 2.  More on the Turbo-Cool 510-PFC
 Pg 3.  Performance and conclusions

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