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Antek TruePower 550w info.. help?

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June 18, 2003 5:07:09 PM

Couple questions..

Is this the BEST power supply out right now?

Does this come with a front panel to fit in a CD-Rom drive bay so you can adjust the power level? Why do you need this?

Anybody have experience with this compared to others in the level of noice etc...

Any info would be appreciated.. I am looking to buy one today..

Also if you know what the cheapest I can get this for please let me know.

Thanks

My system:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), 512 Micron PC133, Abit SE6, IBM Deskstar 75gxp (60 gig @ 7200rpm), Hercules 3D Prophet 2 GTS (64 meg), SB Live MP3, Pioneer 16x DVD, Asus 45x CD-Rom
June 18, 2003 5:32:08 PM

Depending on where you are there is a great variation in prices. I'm in the UK and everything here is stupidly expensive, but sometimes you can find a gem or two like www.ebuyer.com an antec truepower 550 sells for under 100 quid i think. You could also try Ebay sometimes they have very good deals, but make sure it's a descent seller otherwise you could end up with junk. The Antecs are pretty silent but tehre is always better. With this system it seems you will need plenty of good power, I presonally prefer enermax or the powerful Fortrons, Antec seemsto have fallen behind slightly lately in comparison to the best there is. Hope this helps
June 18, 2003 5:32:52 PM

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Is this the BEST power supply out right now?

I can't really say any power supply is the BEST, but it is a very good product. Other good brands are Enermax, PCP&C, and Fortron.

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Does this come with a front panel to fit in a CD-Rom drive bay so you can adjust the power level? Why do you need this?

The TruePower550 DOES NOT come with the control panel, the TrueControl550 DOES come with the control panel. And if you have to ask why you would need the control panel, then you're probably the kind of person who doesn't need it.

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Anybody have experience with this compared to others in the level of noice etc...

I have one and I do not consider it noisy at all.

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Also if you know what the cheapest I can get this for please let me know.

<A HREF="http://www.directron.com/true550.html" target="_new">Directron.com</A> has it for $94 US.
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June 18, 2003 6:25:59 PM

Is the TruePower550w and the TrueControl550w the SAME EXACT power supply? It is making me curious why the TrueControl550w is less than the TruePower550w.. I would think the TrueControl550w should be more expensive due to the front panel..

My system:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), 512 Micron PC133, Abit SE6, IBM Deskstar 75gxp (60 gig @ 7200rpm), Hercules 3D Prophet 2 GTS (64 meg), SB Live MP3, Pioneer 16x DVD, Asus 45x CD-Rom
June 18, 2003 7:05:24 PM

I can't confirm it but I believe the TruePower550 and the TrueControl550 are indeed the same power supply, the only difference being the included control panel. Typically the TrueControl550 IS more expensive than the TruePower550, at least that is the case at most of the retailers I looked at. Where did you find the TrueControl550 for less than the TruePower550? Maybe the retailer(s) you are looking at are just having a sale on the TrueControl550 model or something I dunno.
June 18, 2003 7:14:20 PM

yeah I thought so too... check this place out: www.amatteroffax.com They have great Antec prices...

Hey does it make more sense for me to buy a new case with a PSU already in it, or just buy the PSU and then get a case at a later date? I mean just this PSU is over 100 bucks... so I can probably get a case for that with a PSU already in it..

How long do you think 550w PSU will last before it becomes outdated and I need more watts?

My system:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), 512 Micron PC133, Abit SE6, IBM Deskstar 75gxp (60 gig @ 7200rpm), Hercules 3D Prophet 2 GTS (64 meg), SB Live MP3, Pioneer 16x DVD, Asus 45x CD-Rom
June 18, 2003 7:29:06 PM

Well it's just my personal opinion but I think most PSUs that come with cases are typically pretty crappy. Even the Antec PSUs that come with some Antec cases are sub-par quality. I much prefer to buy my PSU and case seperately.

To answer your second question, I guesstimate that a good 550W power supply should probably last you the next three years (if not more) barring any kind of standards change (i.e. AT to ATX.)
June 20, 2003 3:38:24 PM

They're very quiet PSU's, they are prolly among the best and the Control feature is a separate deal entirely.

There's also another one for 24-pin mobos, so don't confuse the two. The non-ATX one is the 550W EPS12V.

With amerages of 40A on the 5V, 24A on the 12V and 30A on the 3.3V, they really can take the strain.

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