Antec Reviews

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Power supplies are one of the major components inside your PC that you should never take for granted after all they’re like the heart of a PC. Therefore when purchasing one you need lớn make sure at the very least, the power nguồn supply meets the minimum requirements for your system. More importantly however is making sure the nguồn supply is actually made from good unique components. After all, having a reliable power supply in your system ensures protection for your other components such as graphics cards from elements such as spikes and surges.

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On my kiểm tra bench today is an offering from Antec. Namely the 620w Neo ECO power nguồn supply which has an 80 Bronze rating, an 87% efficiency, và is of non-modular design. Will the ECO be a good offering for those that require a solid offering for single GPU setups or are there better choices out there? Let’s find out…

A little bit about Antec:

Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components và accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade và Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries và has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader & international provider of efficient, quiet, & reliable products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs và integrators.

Product Features

80 PLUS Bronze certifiedMaximum Power: 620 WType: ATX12V v2.3Fan: 1x 120mm Double Ball Bearing Low Noise Cooling FanConnectors: 1x 24(20+4)pin Main nguồn Connector, 1x 8(4+4)pin ATX12V/EPS12V CPU Connector, 1x 8(6+2)pin PCI-Express Connector, 1x 6pin PCI-Express Connector, 6x SATA Connectors, 6x Molex Connectors, 1x Floppy Connector

Cases và Expandability

Size (LWH): 5.9 inches, 5.9 inches, 3.4 inchesWeight: 4.41 pounds

Packaging

On the packaging of the Antec 620w Neo ECO, the front of the box has a black & yellow design which is quite striking và looks rather good on a retail shelf. On the bottom it states the wattage of the power nguồn supply which in this case is 620 watts. Which on a numerical scale is ample for single graphics card solutions with plenty of headroom left over for multiple hard drives and other peripherals. It has continuous nguồn design which is designed khổng lồ deliver a steady and stable power nguồn load throughout and has a maximum efficiency of 87%. The Neo ECO is also cooled by a 120mm fan which at this point is standard in power supplies.

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On the rear of the box, we have the specifications of the nguồn supply in the following languages – English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian và Polish. The rear of the box follows the same white and black theme with the yellow stripe from the front following over from the front of the box.

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Bundled with the Antec 620w Neo ECO is a 2 sạc pin European power plug, which in the UK version, it should come with a 3 pin nguồn adapter, an instruction manual which has a hàng hóa overview và 4 x silver Phillips screws khổng lồ secure the nguồn supply inside your chosen case.

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Closer Look

Taking an overall look at the Antec 620w Neo ECO, the main colour of the nguồn supply is silver with yellow accents on the specifications sticker. The sticker displays all the relevant information regarding amperage on the two rails with a healthy 48A on the main 12v rail, with 24A on the other rail.

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Taking a closer look at the sticker, you can see more information regarding other parts of the power nguồn supply itself. It has the 80 PLUS Bronze hình ảnh sản phẩm which is usually a good indication of efficiency and chất lượng as the nguồn supplies themselves are tested lớn standards to lớn obtain this rating.

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On the rear, we have a square effect grill which provides air khổng lồ the key components of the nguồn supply itself, which enables the parts lớn cool down properly. The 3 pin kettle lead connection is required to supply power lớn the mains supply & has an on và off switch.

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The tín đồ that cools the Eco NEO down is a 120mm offering from Antec & really blends in with the design of the nguồn supply behind the fan grill. The fan is held in place by 4 x standard Phillips tín đồ screws và as previously mentioned, blends in with the design.

The Antec 620w Neo ECO isn’t a modular power supply so the cables are pre-attached khổng lồ the unit. The cables are multi-coloured and consist of yellow, red, orange và black cables which are in-cased in a đen flex synthetic braiding. Personally, I’m not a fan of the đen vinyl lượt thích braiding due to the multi colored cables being visible but given that the Neo isn’t exactly a top of the line nguồn supply, there’s not reason lớn disapprove of this.

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Inside the power nguồn supply, we can get a good idea of the internals và as you can see, there are five coils, two transformers and one rather large capacitor. The regulators seem lớn be adequately cooled & the kiến thiết seems rather solid. However I did notice that the capacitors aren’t of the best quality, but given that this is for a single GPU solution, it should pose no real problem.

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Performance

Since we don’t currently have access to an ATE load tester, a multi-meter is used lớn show each of the power supplies performance on the 3.3v, 5v and 12v rails. Although we can’t vì full load tests, we can provide relative information regarding variance & fluctuation of current and ripple on the rails which is integral và indicative of unique in a power nguồn supply.