Following many other firms that have previously not been involved into anything power supply related, Aerocool has decided to try its luck in this field. The company has rolled out as many as four power supply unit families:
- Value series products which even lacks the basic 80 PLUS certification
- Three Eco Friendly series (the senior E85 series is 80 PLUS Bronze certified whereas the E80 and E78 series lack any 80 PLUS certification)
- Ultimate Gaming series ranging in wattage from 600 to 1000 watts and compliant with the 80 PLUS Bronze requirements
- Flagship series Strike-X which is certified from 80 PLUS Bronze to Gold, depending on the particular model
Today, we are going to take a look at two out of the four product lines. We’ll test three PSUs from the Value series (we only lack the junior model) and a Strike-X model which has a wattage rating of 800 watts and sports 80 PLUS Silver certification.
The following article offers a detailed description of our testing methodology and equipment and a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of power supplies mean: X-bit Labs Presents: Power Supply Units Testing Methodology. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this review abounds in, refer to the Methodology.
You can also go to our Cases/PSU section to check out reviews of all other PSU models we have tested in our labs.
We will mark the actual power consumption of three system configurations (discussed in our article PC Power Consumption: How Many Watts Do We Need?) in the cross-load diagrams. This will help you see if the tested PSU can meet the requirements of a real-life PC.
Aerocool VP-550, VP-650 and VP-750
These are Aerocool's most affordable Value series products. The series is comprised of four models with wattage ratings from 450 to 750 watts. We have them all except for the 450W model.
Each Value series PSU is packed into a small box with a carry handle.
You first have to take off the film to use the handle, though.
Each packaging is individual for the particular PSU model, although all share the same, predominantly black, design style. The product's model name can be found on the face side of the box.
The power connectors and electrical parameters of the PSU are listed on the back of its box. The accessories are simple: mounting screws and a mains cord.
The external difference between the different Value series models boils down to the label with electrical specs and the slightly varying selection of cables.
The exterior design is far from eye-catching. The case is black. The fan’s impeller is black. The vent grid is, unsurprisingly, black. Each model is rather small, its dimensions matching the cooling fan.
The back panel is a honeycomb mesh. There are no other additional vents in the case.