StarTech 450W Power Supply Review
Let me thank Laurie from StarTech for sending a unit to review.
In our first power supply review, we were very disappointed with the power the Seasonic gave. We all know having a power supply is a crucial part of a system. Today we will be looking at the StarTech 450W power supply. Will it turn out to be another disappointment or a very good solution for power users?
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When the power supply arrived, I was anxious to see it was any good. Opening the box introduced me to this:
The StarTech 450W power supply. I was amazed with two main things, the weight and the finish. First off it was heavy. This tells me that I should expect high quality. The quality and construction of the power supply was top-notch. It is made out of an aluminum structure to dissipate heat away effectively and is very shiny. It had a great finish. This would be great for people with side windows.
It comes with the power supply, screws, power cable, and manuals.
The 450W power supply comes with only one fan. When I checked it was a Globe fan. StarTech chose one fan because they wanted quiet. The rear of the unit is straight forward with one difference of standard power supplies. It features a LED near the switch. The LED is to show you when the unit is on and possibly damaged.
Inside is great.
Opening the unit showed me very great quality materials were used and huge blocks of aluminum to dissipate heat.
The specifications look quite impressive as the numbers. The ultimate question will be: Can aesthetics and specs perform? We will answer this later.
The unit houses 8, 5’25” Molex connectors (for CD rom, etc), 3 floppy connectors, 1 ATX connector, 1 AUX connector, and 1 P4 connector. This should be plenty enough for anyone’s needs.
My only beef in this department that the ATX connector is not sleeved/heat shrink wrapped, and causes a spaghetti wire mess inside the case.
Testing will consist of running the power supply in our test system for 2 days. The voltage rails on idle (1-hour) and load (Toast 5 min) will be taken off of Winbond Hardware Monitor. It will be compared to the Enermax 300W and put on a table for comparison. I will check for any instability issues and any awkward behavior.
During testing, I found no issues in stability and such. No problems occurred.
StarTech 450W power supply
Enermax 300W power supply (taken from Seasonic review)
As you can see the StarTech 450W power supply did quite well and preformed with ease. Compared with the Enermax 300W, it produced very good results with little fluctuations. I did notice that the 12V rail fluctuated between 11.82 and 11.97.
Overall the StarTech 450W is a very good power supply that preformed very good. It was also relatively quiet due to its single fan. However many enthusiasts may prefer dual fans for optimal cooling. I also would have liked the ATX connector to be sleeved for better cable management and look inside the case.
I rate the StarTech 450W power supply a…
8/10! It’s easily recommended.
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