Antec Basiq BP500U (500W)
The Antec Basiq series currently includes two models with wattage ratings of 350 and 500W. It is an entry-level series in Antec’s product line-up.
Interestingly, the BP500U is the only Antec in this review that is not manufactured by Seasonic. Its manufacturer is FSP Group.
As opposed to the two previous models, the BP500U comes apart of a system case in a neat black-and-red retail box.
The PSU resembles the above-described EarthWatts externally but it has a punched-out rather than wire grid above the fan. The vent holes are positioned differently, too.
There are internal similarities, too. The PSU is based on the FSP500-60GLN model and resembles the EarthWatts with its component layout: three heatsinks with load-bearing elements, active PFC, and joint voltage regulation.
A typical trait of FSP products, the heatsinks are flat, without a single rib. The BP500U has two of them. Many hardware reviewers were shocked at seeing them at first, but the explanation is simple. These PSUs were so efficient that such modest bars of heatsinks were quite enough for cooling.
On the other hand, Seasonic PSUs are highly efficient too, but have more intricate heatsinks. Are FSP products noisier? Or maybe Seasonic provides redundant cooling just in case? Let’s see.
The PSU is cooled with an Adda AD0812US-A70GL fan (80x80x25mm, 3700rpm).