Antec TrueControl 550W PSU Review

Cases & PSU/Power Supplies by jmke @ 2004-06-20

Antec?s TrueControl is aimed at the enthusiast and overclockers out there; we take it for a spin on an overclocked Athlon 64 and Prescott system to see how it does. Read on to find out more about this great power supply.

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Testing & Conclusion

Testing

Our first test system is powered by an overclocked A64 3000+, and we added some extra gear to further increase the load:

Piotke’s A64 test setup
CPU AMD A64 3000+ @ 2400Mhz - 1.7v vcore
Mainboard Shuttle AN50R
Cooling * Thermalright SLK948-U
Memory 2 * 256Mb BH5 @ 2.9 VDDR
Video ATI Radeon 9800XT vmodded: 1.9v vcore and 3.25v vddr
Storage devices * Seagate 120GB HD
* Maxtor 40GB HD
* NEC 2500A DVDRW
* Noname 52x CDROM


A multitude of fans were connected also to increase the load on the PSU, no matter how much we tried, we could not get the Antec TrueControl to “drop” its rails, they all remained within spec throughout the testing!

On to our next platform, the Prescott from Intel. This CPU will drive up the maximum load quite a lot

Zdnet: A high-end system with a 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro GPU and Prescott CPU dissipates nearly 250 Watts under full load. At nearly 200 Watts, the same system with the Northwood Pentium 4 uses considerably less power. AMD’s Athlon 64 3200+ under full load dissipates nearly 80 Watts less than the Prescott system


Here’s our test setup:

Piotke’s P4 test setup
CPU P4 2.4 “Prescott” @ 3.6Ghz – 1.55v vcore
Mainboard Chaintech 9PJL2 Silver
Cooling * Thermalright SLK948-U
Memory 2 * 512Mb Corsair PC4400
Video ATI Radeon 9800XT vmodded: 1.9v vcore and 3.25v vddr
Storage devices * Seagate 120GB HD
* Maxtor 40GB HD
* NEC 2500A DVDRW
* Noname 52x CDROM


Again the system was running rock stable, this power supply will give you the possibility to push every retail CPU platform out there to its maximum without having to worry about “will my PSU be able to cope?”.


Conclusion

The TrueControl is the Rolls Royce among power supplies; we have yet to encounter someone who did not like it. With a bit of shopping around it can be yours for $100-120 which gives it a good price/performance ratio!

Whether you are into overclocking every component of your system, or just need a high output power supply because you have 12 hard disks in your case, the TrueControl will not disappoint you. Having run 2 high end systems for several days, stressing them with load of benchmarks, gaming and writing DVD’s at the same time, it’s safe to say this PSU lives up to its name.

Madshrimps (c)


We would like to thank David from Antec for giving us a chance to test drive their high end power supply.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop them of at this forum thread
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