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Vigor 500 UV Sleeved 500Watt Power Supply Unit Review

Former staff writer    -   October 10, 2004


Testing

Test Setup:
  • AMD Athlon 64 3400+
  • Shuttle AN51R Motherboard
  • Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro (Review)
  • Powercolor ATI Radeon X800 Pro (Review)
  • Plextor DVD Burner
  • CrystalFontz LCD Display
  • Vantec Fan Controller (Review)
  • (4) Cathode UV Lights
  • (5) Case Fans
  • (2) Hard Drive Coolers
  • (4) Hard Drives

Unfortunately, I was not able to test the power supply unit with Motherboard Monitor since the motherboard that I am using is not yet supported by Motherboard Monitor. However, I did get some tests results using a multimeter and the multimeter should provide much more accurate results than MBM or the BIOS.

Multimeter Test
Rail Low High
3.3 Volt 3.35 3.39
5.0 Volt 5.19 5.21
12 Volt 12.20 12.23

The results in the table above reflect each voltage rail with both the high and low results. Of course "high" means this is the highest I ever saw the PSU reach while testing it and "low" means it's the lowest I saw the voltage drop while testing. As you can see the power supply did a very good job at handling all of my devices and it was very stable (no voltage drops or jumps).

Conclusion

The only real negative I have about this power supply unit is the exclusion of SATA connector’s built into the power supply. While they did include SATA adapters to convert 4-pin molex to SATA compatible connectors, this only adds to the mess of wires inside a case. All of the other features are very much welcomed; such as the sleeved cables (which are UV active blue), LED fans, variable fan controller, and the acrylic windows are a nice touch too! While I still think there is some room for improvement on this nearly perfect power supply, I really don't believe it gets much better than this for the price. For around $65 bucks you can get this 500 watt power supply unit; or if 500 watts is an over kill, then you could get the 400 watt Vigor for only $40 bucks. I really consider that to be a good deal considering all of the features the Vigor has on it.

The bottom line is: If you're looking for a new power supply or if you want to spruce up your case then you should take a look at the Vigor 500 because I think it will have all of the features that you're looking for. Just remember if you have serial ATA devices, you'll be using the SATA adapters to hook your devices up.

Pros

  • Price
  • Performance (Stable Voltage)
  • LED Fans
  • Acrylic Windows
  • UV Sleeved Cables
  • UV Connectors
  • Variable Fan Controller

Cons

  • Messy Wires Inside (Viewable through window)
  • No RPM Monitoring
 



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