Power supplies are an important part of our PC and should never be overlooked. Antec is one of the top makers in the market, due to their stability and build quality. We are taking a look at their 500W Phantom and see how it stands up to a Dual Core system.
For those of you who thrive on specifics, here is info you will find useful:
Output: 500 Watts total
Overall, these specs represent kick ass and it’s a pleasure to have such quality in my system. When I had first powered up the PSU without a PC, it was as I had expected.. dead quiet. Since I threw this in my Intel machine, the low noise won’t help me as much due to the Stock Intel cooler being so dang loud, but it’s certainly nice to have the PSU not add to the fact. During my stress tests with the Phantom, I regularly checked to see if the back fan was running. Not once did I catch it running, which goes to show that the heatsink design does a great job of dissipating the heat before it get’s to that point. It could have been running at certain points without my knowledge, but it’s hard to tell even with your hand in front of it whether it’s actually on or not.
Another thing to mention is that this PSU is very heavy, but as many know, the heavier the PSU is the more likely it is to be better. Heavy duty components will definitely aide in the life and stability of the product. Though I did not weigh it, I would recommend you have a friend help you install it. Not because it’s too heavy, but because it’s heavy enough that when you are ‘screwing’ around trying to get it installed, it is somewhat of an annoyance.
Now that we have all of that out of the way, let’s jump straight into the stress testing.