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Date: October 26th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS, FEATURES & COMPOSITION




 

  • Nvidia SLI certified
  • Universal Input, automatically adjusts for 100V to 240V power grids
  • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) for environmentally friendlier power
  • Three 12V output circuits provide added system stability
  • Accurate power rating allows TruePower Trio to deliver its full rated power, 24 hours a day rated at 50ºC
  • Up to 85% efficiency
  • 120mm low noise cooling fan
  • Fan Only power connectors allow TruePower Trio to control case fan speeds, reducing total system noise
  • Dedicated outputs for stable output and less ripple noise
  • Feedback loop circuits for tighter load regulation (±3%) to maintain accurate voltage to all components
  • Heavy duty protection circuitry prevents damage resulting from short circuits (SCP), power overloads (OPP), over voltages (OVP), and under voltages (UVP)
  • 4 SATA connectors for Serial ATA drives
  • Two PCI-E connectors for PCI-Express video cards on 550W and 650W models, one connector on 430W model
  • MTBF: 80,000 hours at 25°C
  • Safety approvals: UL, CUL, FCC, TÜV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB
  • Power Factor value up to 99%
  • Gold plated connectors for superior conductivity
  • AQ5 - 5 year warranty
  • Package includes a power supply, a power cord and an instruction manual.

 

PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH



The PSU itself is pure Antec. Don't expect any flashy mirrored finishes or LED's here. In fact, the housing is pretty plain, almost too plain. What you have is a matte finish gray housing, with a very industrial-like appearance. This is not surprising, given the PSU's relatively low price.


 
On the backside, you'll find a simple, mesh-type grille for airflow, the power switch, and a main power cord connector. Since the Trio switches between 115 and 230v power automatically, you won't find the usual switch here. While this is becoming more common, lesser PSU units don't have this feature.



Underneath, you'll see the single 120mm fan, behind a gold-colored grille. This should provide adequate cooling, while keeping the overall noise level down. I do find the grille to be a bit of an anomaly, though, given the business-like appearance of the rest of the PSU. A chromed grille would look better here.


On the business end, you'll find the cabling. While the main power cable is sleeved, the rest are left bare. I had a bit of a struggle here separating the appropriate cables. I'm a bit torn on this part, really. While sleeved cabling may still be considered a “modder's touch” to many companies, the added complexity of dual SLI connectors and SATA plugs almost begs for the easy separation that sleeving allows for. If there was one thing I would ask Antec for, it would be fully-sleeved cabling.

 

 


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