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Vantec iON2 350W Power Supply Review
Vantec iON2 350W Power Supply Review - PCSTATS
Considering all the junk power supplies offered with computer cases these days, finding a power supply that's right for your system requirements can be quite a challenge.
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External Mfg. Website: Vantec Oct 09 2004   C. Sun  
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Vantec iON2 350W Power Supply Review

The worst thing an enthusiast can do is equip their PC with an inadequate power supply. Bad power can create as many system problems as bad memory; from data storage problems to intermittent crashes, or in worst case a pile of fried circuit boards and a puff of blue smoke!

Considering all the junk power supplies offered with computer cases these days, finding a power supply that's right for your system requirements can be quite a challenge. But don't get me wrong, not all power supplies bundled in with cases are junk; most will work just fine with moderate loads, and others just as well with light loads. The one's to watch out for are the generic power supplies tossed in with cases retailing as low as $60... if a store is selling a 400W power supply for $20, or one in a case that costs just $60, its buyer beware!

After all, a really high quality ATX power supply can cost over $200. When you start to consider EPS 12V or server specific power supplies, the prices can skyrocket to $600 or more! As PCstats looks at the brand new 350Watt Vantec iON2 power supply, keep what we've just mentioned in mind. Vantec have a pretty good reputation in the power supply field, although it is not the companies main focus.

As a friend mine named Dan learned, going with a cheap no-name power supply can be very costly in the long run if it fails. When the power supply he had in his case 'blew up,' it took the motherboard, DDR memory, optical drives and HDD along with it! Now, let's take a close look at the Vantec ION2 power supply.

Vantec iON2 350W PSU

Users Manual, Specifications Sheet, Power Cable

The Vantec iON2 is definitely one of the "cooler" looking PSUs in its black housing, braided cables and black connectors. The Ion2 is equipped with one large temperature controlled 120mm fan to cool the inside of the PSU, and keep noise to a minimum. There is no exhaust fan here, just a hexagonal grid for external venting from the one large intake fan. The ION2 also makes use of pre-sleeved the power supply cables, which really makes cable management a whole lot easier.

The main 20 pin ATX power connector is bit on the short side, measuring in at just 35 cm long. The ATX12V, Auxiliary line as well as the component cables are all 40 cm in length to the first connector, again a bit on the short side for my tastes.

At first I thought the molex grips were more of a marketing ploy, but after using them a bit I found that insertion and removal of molex connectors is much easier!

The Vantec iON2 natively supports Serial ATA hard drives and the PSU has support for two SATA drives on their own line. For the rest of the system devices, there are six molex power connectors as well as two floppy's.

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Contents of Article: Vantec ION2
 Pg 1.  — Vantec iON2 350W Power Supply Review
 Pg 2.  More details about the iON2!
 Pg 3.  Testing the PSU

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