Power Watcher PW-480-102DF 480w Power
The power supply has historically
been one of the most overlooked pieces of any high end PC. Over the last
year, PC power has come to the fore front as high end consumers suddenly found
the latest hardware both hungry for power and requiring a wide variety of new
cables. With so many good power supplies on the market, it takes something
more to stand out from the crowd.
Power may have what you are looking for in their Power Watcher line of power
supplies. Lets take a closer look.
The PW-480-102DF is High Power's
latest offering. The packaging is rather Spartan and does not list any
power distribution data on the outside of the box. As you can see from the
box art, High Power's Power Watcher offers you the ability to view a display of
your real-time power consumption via a free drive bay. It may seem like
all we have here is a cleaver gimmick, but there is much more to this PSU.
Opening the box, we find the
accessories are separately boxed and labeled. The extra cabling for your
SLI and 24 pin power are visible on the top. The box even has a nice carry
Opening the pretty little boxes
gives us a standard power cable and our first look at the display panel.
Moving on to the PSU cables, we
find every cable is nicely covered in color coded loom. The cables are also much
longer than normal, I was able to reach the bottom of my case with the first
plug on the string and still have plenty of slack. This would be perfect
for an oversized case or routing the cables in a non traditional way to hide
them from sight. Very nice.
- Type: ATX
- Maximum Power: 480W
- Hold-up Time: 16ms
- Efficiency: > 65%
- Over Voltage Protection: +5V trip point <
+6.8V, +3.3V trip point < +4.5V, +12V trip point < +15.6V
- Input Voltage: 115V AC/230V AC
- Input Frequency Range: 47-63 Hz
- Input Current: 10/5A
- Output: +3.3V@30A, +5V@40A, +12V@18A,
-5V@0.3A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2A
- MTBF Life Expectancy of this model:
100,000 hours+ (11 years & 2 months)
+ Exclude the life of the fan
which is subject to environment and cleaning frequency.
- Operating temperature range: 10 oC
- 50oC (50 oF - 122oF)
- High standard of quality with FCC, UL, CSA,
CE, TUV, SEMKO, NEMKO, FIMKO, DEMKO, and CB certification.
480 Watts output.
All cables sleeved for
easy management and optimum air flow
Dual S-ATA power connector
Dual High quality ball
bearing Fans design. (function
of 2nd fan)
Real-time wattage meter
with 5.25" digital LED display panel.
Fan Speed Control (A.F.C.).
Extra long cables to
support server (full) tower cases.
Speed Monitor connector (3-pin).
Built-in Quad Protection.
EZ-Extract Peripheral power connectors
Connectors with cable sleeving:
20-pin Standard ATX
Peripheral Power Connector
4-pin ATX12V Power Connector
Floppy Drive Power Connector
Wattage Display Signal Connector
3-pin Fan Speed Monitor
20-to-24pin adapter cable is included for server / New intel socket 775
is included for PCI-X (PCI-Express) Video Cards
As you can see, the the
PW-480-102DF has an abundance of power on the +5V and +3.3V rails and is pretty
average in its +12V rail. More than enough power for a machine loaded with
add-ins and accessories.