HuntKey HK500-13BP 500W Power Supply Review

Cases & PSU/Power Supplies by Berry @ 2007-01-18

And they came from the East, a thousand strong. Like a storm, they ravaged the lands. Unknown, exotic, different than ever been seen. One sat down at my table, and ate, drank and laughed. We´re all so different, yet all the same. HuntKey, a Chinese company let us test drive their 500W Power Supply.

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Closer look at the outside

Closer look at the outside

The unit itself is comes with a scratch resistant, Hamerite-like, black finish combined with a chrome finger guard.

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On the side there is a sticker, with all the required information. It only accepts 230V AC input.

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Going on to the connectors, there are more than enough for your average system, and length is good. The ATX-connector comes as a 20+4 connector, with a length of 50cm and meshed. The ATX12V 4-pin and the ATX12V 8-pin connectors come as separate cables with a length of 50cm. The PCI-EX 6-pin cable comes with a length of 50cm. There are two SATA-connectors, with the first connector at 50cm, and the second 115cm further.

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There are two Molex-cables, with 3 connectors, at 50, 65, 80cm. One comes with an additional floppy connector at 95cm, separately bundled there is a 15cm 2Molex-to-PCI-EX cable. Here I notice on off the lesser points of this unit. Cables used, are 20AWG, instead of the suggested 18AWG (ATX12V 2.0). I would advise against using cable-splitters in case you're short of connectors.

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Comment from EsaT @ 2007/01/19
They surely know how to give good first impression:
MTBF 50,000 hours at 25°C
"Standard" is ~100 000 hours at 50°C...

Design is old, uselessly overpowered 5V with 12V being seriously underpowered and efficiency is low.

upper mainstream gaming rig. It generates a fair amount of load, 445W max...

resulted in a consumed power (Peak) of 2,21Amps, giving almost 500W out of the wall.
You forgot that this PSU converts some serious amount of electricity into kinetic energy of particles aka heat.
Real load on PSU is more inline with 350W because of low efficiency. (500W *0.7)

You must have overclocked those NoiseBlocker fans seriously to get that much overshooting consumption!

PS. Next time take photo of PSUs spec sticker from slightly oblique angle to avoid washing of highlights because of reflecting light of flash. (remember law of reflection)
Comment from Berry @ 2007/01/21
First off all, read the review on the silverstone ST40EF,
and the stated ratings, and measurements there.
I clearly admit, this isn`t the most reliable way off measuring, but I`m working on that.

As for the fan`s, I`ve taken the liberty of verifying the stated power-consumption, by separately measuring all four fan`s using a single connector.
Free flow(free on desk): 2,3A combined(12,12V)=27,88W
Build in system: 2,71A combined(12,11V)=32,81W
Power-on peak:3,41A using peak-measurement.
As for the fan`s used, they are the SX2-Pro(Black)
and of a slightly different build than the ones on their site.
Comment from jort @ 2007/01/28
Nice review berry

Typo? "

No power card included"

Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/28
Fixed, thanks