Deep Cool DA500 Aurora 500W Power Supply Review




/ 4 years ago

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A Closer Look – Interior


On the interior, I’m quite surprised to see the PCB is significantly smaller than the PSU housing, especially for a unit that only uses a 120mm fan. Deep Cool could have used a larger fan or a smaller casing, either way, it seems like a waste of space here.

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There’s a mixture of caps used in this unit, but it’s nice to see that despite being hard-wired, the interior is surprisingly clean and tidy, with a good amount of space between all vital hardware and there’s very little cable trailing through the interior, so airflow should be unhindered.

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There are two small heat sinks on the interior, smaller that we usually see inside similar spec units, but again, there is a lot of open space here for airflow, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

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The main capacitor is a CE 1402 , which is rated for 400V at 270 uf.

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The AC and line-filtering stage is really neat and tidy, which is surprising as even on high-end units we see a lot of excess solder and cabling here. In fact, looking around the interior, all the soldering is very neat and tidy and most of the PCB connections are sleeved to keep them protected, which is a promising indication of good build quality.

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The fan is a 120mm Yate Loon sleeve bearing, rated for 33 dBA, 1650 RPM and 70.5 CFM, which is pretty decent and should give us good cooling and acoustic performance.

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