The Basiq power supply series from Antec is targeted to users with serious budget restrictions. The new VP350 and VP450 models are the most entry-level power supplies offered by Antec, as they don’t have a PFC circuit or 80 Plus certification. Let’s see whether the 450 W model, which is sold for only USD 40, is worth considering.
The Antec VP450 is 5.5” (140 mm) deep, using a 120 mm sleeve bearing fan on its bottom (Yate Loon D12SH-12).
This unit doesn’t have a modular cabling system, and only the main motherboard cable uses a nylon sleeve, which comes from inside the unit. This power supply comes with the following cables:
- Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 18.1” (46 cm) long
- One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector, 20.1” (51 cm) long
- One cable with one six-pin connector for video cards, 18.1” (46 cm) long
- One cable with three SATA power connectors, 17.3” (44 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
- One cable with one SATA power connector, one standard peripheral power connector and one floppy disk drive power connector, 17.3” (44 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
- One cable with two standard peripheral power connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector, 17.3” (44 cm) to the first connector, 5.9” (15 cm) between connectors
All wires are 18 AWG wires, which is the minimum recommended gauge.
The cable configuration is excellent for a budget 450 W power supply.
Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. A Look Inside the Antec VP450
- 3. Transient Filtering Stage
- 4. Primary Analysis
- 5. Secondary Analysis
- 6. Power Distribution
- 7. Load Tests
- 8. Ripple and Noise Tests
- 9. Overload Tests
- 10. Main Specifications
- 11. Conclusions