Antec VP450 Power Supply Review

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Introduction

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 VP450 model is manufactured by FSP, while the VP350 is manufactured by Delta. Therefore, they are based on different designs.

Antec VP450 power supplyFigure 1: Antec VP450 power supply

Antec VP450 power supplyFigure 2: Antec VP450 power supply

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.

Antec VP450 power supplyFigure 3: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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