“SMART Series Power Supplies are for those who are upgrading, repairing or building a system and want a power supply that just works. Many power supplies can be offered with unnecessary or inflated features that do not benefit the everyday web surfer or gaming system. SMART Series power supplies are tested on live fully functioning systems to ensure the best compatibility with actual system components. This translates into a better user experience and a power supply offering that is designed to work and work well.”
The SMART series of power supplies are really designed for someone who’s looking to save a few bucks and/or someone who just wants to plug in the PSU and be done with it. The SMART Series are available in various wattages including 430W, 530W, 630W, 730W, 750W, and 850W. Only the 750W and 850W have an 80PLUS Bronze certification, everything else has a standard 80PLUS certification.
The two models we received to review, the 430W and 730w, are very similar, minus the amperage on the 12V rails (34A, 56A) and the amount of connectors (5 SATA – 1 PCI-E, 8 SATA – 4 PCI-E). Both power supplies also have your standard 20+4 main power, 4+4 CPU power, 4 Molex and an FDD connection. Other than that and the stickers on the outside indicating the wattage, both of these power supplies look exactly the same.
The PSUS’s are very small in size, only measuring in at 5.5 x 5.9 x 3.4 inch (L x W x H). On the top of the PSU are the standard regulatory logos, wattage, branding, and output chart.
The side of the PSU has much of the same information on the top as well, but has a larger red linear pattern that’s also on the front of the packaging.
The power cables in the SMART series are nothing fancy. They’re your standard red/yellow/black power wires. There’s no protection on these wires, which helps keep the cost down for the PSU. The only cable with protection is the main PSU.
On the bottom of the PSU is a standard 120mm black bladed fan with protective grill. On the back are the standard power connector and power switch as well as a honeycomb mesh for airflow into the PSU.
Jul 31, 2014 0