More often than not, power supplies all look the same. It’s one of the unfortunate side effects of having a set of standards to conform to. Aesthetically, there’s only so much a manufacturer can do in order to differentiate their PSU from their competitors, and normally this is done with stickers and other such labelling, and not on the power supply itself. High Power have actually changed up a few things from the tried and true PSU look, which we’re going to go over for you here.
Starting with the top of the PSU, the first thing you’re going to notice is the High Power logo in white. Surrounding that is a mesh design that protects the fan from intrusion and also helps prevent dust entering the unit. We’re used to seeing a honeycomb mesh design that is functional more than stylish, and this is one of the areas High Power has deviated from the norm. The mesh is actually a pattern of the High Power logo, blended together. Whilst visually it looks good, the openings do seem larger and will therefore allow more dust into the unit if you’re not using a filter. Surrounding the mesh is a silver (“platinum”) plate, which is there for aesthetic purposes. Beneath the mesh is a 135mm fan, controlled by the power supply directly. It only powers on when the power supply reaches 25% load (+/- 5%), resulting in a silent experience when not being pushed. The fan also ramps up to higher speeds depending on the load of the PSU. The fan itself is pitted with small indents, which High Power dubs the “golf ball” design. They claim this helps with airflow whilst keeping noise down.
On one side of the Astro PT 700W is the product name / logo, and on the other side is an output table, along with warnings, standard compliance and product badges. On the bottom of the unit, the High Power name is indented into the metal housing.
The rear of the unit has your typical power input and power switch, and High Power have opted to use a more traditional honeycomb mesh design here. Notably, here is where High Power have placed the “Eagle Eye” power meter. This LED bar fills as the power supply’s load increases. It is again a feature that High Power has added that helps differentiate this power supply from others on the market.
The front of the power supply is where you connect all of your modular cables. There are two connectors for PCI-E devices, and four for peripheral/SATA connectors. Here there are also your non-modular cables; included here are one 20+4 Pin ATX power connector, a 4+4 Pin CPU power connector, an 8 Pin CPU power connector, and a single PCI-E power connector. The Non-Modular cables exit the PSU housing from a cutout, which has a plastic grommet attached to make sure the edging of the PSU will not cut or fray your cables.
The modular cables included with the Astro PT 700W are of a different style than the non-modular cables attached to the unit; they’re flat. Reminiscent of a ribbon style of old, the cables are very flexible. Each PCI-E cable has two 6+2 Pin PCI-E connectors on it, so you should be able to power a video card per cable. Not one of the peripheral cables are the same, so you’ll need to figure out the best cable combination for your build.
Jan 29, 2015 0