Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W Power Supply Review

Introduction

Certain power supply series from Huntkey (like V-Power and Green Star) are labeled with their peak wattage instead of their continuous wattage. So far in our reviews only Titan 650 W (sold in the US as the first version of Best Buy’s Rocketfish 700 W) and Jumper 550 didn’t explode during our tests. We’ve already reviewed the 450 W version from Balance King series, which also exploded in a very unusual way. Let’s see if the 500 W model will survive our tests.

Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W power supplyFigure 1: Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W power supply.

Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W power supplyFigure 2: Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W power supply.

Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W is 5 ½” (140 mm) deep, using a 120 mm fan on its bottom.

It is very important to note that Balance King 5000 uses a different internal project from Balance King 4500: it comes with active PFC circuit, feature not available on the 450 W model. It, however, still uses the obsolete half-bridge topology, just like it happens with the 450 W model.

No modular cabling system is available and only the main motherboard cable has a nylon protection, that doesn’t come from inside the unit. The main motherboard cable and the ATX12V/EPS12V cable use 18 AWG wires, but all other wires (including the ones from the video card cables) are 20 AWG, i.e., thinner than the recommended. The cables included are:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 20 1/8” (51 cm) long.
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form one EPS12V connector, 20 7/8” (53 cm) long.
  • Two cables with one six/eight-pin connector for video cards each, 20 1/8” (51 cm) long.
  • Two cables with two SATA power connectors and two standard peripheral power connector, 20 1/8” (51 cm) to the first connector and 5 7/8” (15 cm) between connectors.
  • One cable with four standard peripheral power connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector, 20 1/8” (51 cm) to the first connector and 5 7/8” (15 cm) between connectors.

The number of connectors is satisfactory for a 500 W product and this model has as an advantage over the 450 W model that the two video card power connectors are located on individual cables.

Huntkey Balance King 5000 500 W power supplyFigure 3: Cables.

Now let’s 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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