Antec Strictly Power VPF550 Power Supply Review



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A Closer Look – Interior


Wow, there really isn’t a lot of hardware inside here, although I guess it doesn’t take much to push 550W of power anyway! There’s quite a bit of space between the few components through, so airflow and cooling will hopefully be pretty good.

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The AC line filtering stage is looking decent enough, but some of the soldering looks a bit scruffy.

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It’s quite hard to see the main output capacitors here due to the mess of cables that is required for those hard-wired connectors, but there’s a mixture of Samxon, Nippon, Taicon and Rubycon thrown into the mix, certainly a better selection than I was expecting.

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The main bulk capacitor is a Samxon made part, rated for 220uf, 450v and 105c.

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A small PCB at the front provides some of the lower voltage cables and there’s a few smaller caps, as well as a few other small PCBs with coils on them. I’ve not seen this design before, but it seems practical from a cooling point of view.

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The fan is nothing fancy, just a 2200RPM 120mm fan, which is speed controlled by the PSU.

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