This is the fifth power supply from Huntkey that we reviewed and so far most power supplies from this manufacturer have the bad reputation of exploding when you try to pull their labeled power. Will this also happen with Green Star 350 W? Let’s see.
By the way, the only power supply from Huntkey we tested and didn’t explode was Titan 650 W (sold in the US as Rocketfish 700 W), which uses a completely different project.
Funny enough Huntkey removed all Green Star models from their website, but they continue to be sold, especially in developing countries.
If you paid attention you saw that the part number used on this model is a little bit different from other Huntkey power supplies we’ve already tested (HG vs. SG). Digging a little bit further on Huntkey’s website we discovered that these two letters indicate the size of the fan: HG for 120 mm and SG for 140 mm.
This power supply is very small, being 5 ½” (140 mm) deep, features a 120 mm fan on its bottom and doesn’t have active PFC circuit, so Huntkey can’t sell this product in Europe. In Figure 1, you can see that it has a voltage selection switch, feature usually present on models without this circuit.
The main motherboard cable, which uses a 20/24-pin connector, is the only one using a nylon protection, which doesn’t come from inside the power supply housing. Green Star 350 W also comes with one ATX12V cable.
Green Star 350 W comes with one cable with three standard peripheral power plugs, one cable with two standard peripheral power plugs and one floppy disk drive power plug and one cable with two SATA power connectors.
The number of power plugs is simply not enough. With only two SATA power plugs you will need to use an adapter to install more than one hard disk drive (assuming that you have a SATA optical drive) and this unit doesn’t come with any auxiliary power connectors for video cards! So you will also need to use adapters to convert peripheral power plugs into video card auxiliary power plugs.
The peripheral and SATA cables use 20 AWG wires (i.e., thinner than we’d like to see), while the wires on the ATX12V cable and on the main motherboard cable are 18 AWG.
Now let’s take an in-depth look inside this power supply.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. A Look Inside The Green Star 350 W (LW-6350HG)
- 3. Transient Filtering Stage
- 4. Primary Analysis
- 5. Secondary Analysis
- 6. Power Distribution
- 7. Load Tests
- 8. The Explosion
- 9. Main Specifications
- 10. Conclusions