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|Review: Rasurbo Real & Power 350W Power Supply|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Monday, 22 August 2011 18:25|
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It's Power Supply review time! Rasurbo sent us a couple PSUs, the first to be tested is this 350w unit.
350w isn't a tremendous amount of power, but it's well more than enough for the majority of people out there, and will likely give better efficiency than a larger unit on low loads like an average computer.
Rasurbo is the house brand for PNL's Cases and Power Supplies, as well as quite a bit of other stuff. They're a European-only company, so you'll have a hard time finding this PSU outside of europe.
Rasurbo's big thing is value, they aim to give you the most bang for your buck that you can get, something I approve of!
Lets take a look at the box, first.
On both ends are identical details about the PSU:
The front shows the number of each sort of connector the PSU has, this 350w PSU shares a box with it's 450w brother, so both are listed. This Rasurbo 350w PSU gives you the following connectors:
The rear meanwhile gives you a breakdown of the output rails and amps/watts you can expect of them.
Any time multiple rails of 12v are specified it is worth checking to see if there really are multiple rails or not. The official ATX specs call for them, but multiple rails adds to the cost of the units and can sometimes make it difficult to use high power video cards. Multiple rail designs are definitely safer on high wattage units however, where a single rail design can cough up over a thousand watts before shutting down!
The PSU Itself
Opening the box we are greeted by a mass of cables and the wall power cable, as well as a user manual and a small bag with four mounting screws in it. This being a European model PSU the cable is designed for european (german?) wall sockets, it isn't going to get me real far here in the USA. On the plus side the PSU itself has an active PFC so it adjusts to any input voltage between 100v and 240v without any switches or explosions, that's arguably the best part of aPFC designs. It makes them more resistant to brownouts, too. Anyway, I have plenty of USA type cords, so we'll continue!
Pulling the cables out and lifting up the floor of the box reveals the PSU itself, safely stashed in a plastic bubble-bag. Removing the PSU from the bag reveals it's vaguely military color scheme and nice large fan.
The PSU itself is heavier than I expected, generally a good sign.
You also get some instructions, a couple zip ties, and four screws to attach the RAP350 to your case. I'm always happy to see screws come with a PSU, as cases don't always give you enough.
One odd thing, the cables have been set up so that one has two molex, a sata, and the floppy connector. This sata connector has no 3.3v wire to it. Most sata drives don't use the 3.3v just in case the user has an adaptor that doesn't have 3.3v, but I don't understand this choice by Rasurbo.
Next up, testing!