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Enhance ATX-0240GA

This PSU is the only one in this review to sell under its real manufacturer’s brand. Let’s see how good Enhance’s entry-level products are.

Exterior Design

The ATX-0240GA looks simple and cheap with its punched-out fan grid and rather thin panels.

There are no other vents save for the fan grid and the honeycomb mesh in the back panel.

The PSU is painted a smooth matte paint which seems to be the only original nuance in its appearance.

Circuit Design

The ATX-0240GA is more advanced than the above-discussed Cooler Master in its interior design.

Of course, it’s hard to expect such advanced technologies as dedicated voltage regulation from an inexpensive product, but at least it’s got active power factor correction.

The component density isn’t high below the characteristic fingered heatsinks.

Like the Cooler Master, the ATX-0240GA has Teapo capacitors at the output. It also has Teapo capacitors at the input (these are rated for 85 rather than 105°C).

Cables and Connectors

The Enhance ATX-0240GA is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (57 cm)
  • One CPU cable with a 4+4-pin connector (57 cm)
  • One graphics card cable with a 6-pin connector (52 cm)
  • One cable with three PATA power connectors (50+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with three PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug (50+15+15+15 cm)
  • Two cables with three SATA power connectors on each (50+15+15 cm)

The mainboard and graphics card cables are sleeved. The rest of the cables have four plastic straps on the stretch between the PSU and the first connector. It’s only thanks to the straps that the cables hold together and are just as good as the sleeved ones except for their looks.

The cables are longer than usual, yet I wish the mainboard cable were some 5 centimeters longer yet. This extra length can make a difference in system cases with a bottom PSU bay which are so popular nowadays.

The number of connectors is unexpectedly high for a PSU of that wattage and should be enough for any configuration the ATX-0240GA can power up. However, I tested a presale version of the PSU. The retail version has one PATA or SATA connector less on each cable. This should also be enough, though.

Specifications

The ATX-0240GA specs aren’t impressive but true. The PSU can yield up to 300 out of its full 400 watts across the two +12V lines, which is only 75%. The load capacity of the +5V and +3.3V rails is an adequate 120 watts. My presale ATX-0240GA lacked an 80+Bronze badge but its retail version has such certification.

UPS Compatibility

The PSU was stable with my APC SmartUPS SC 620 at loads up to 355 watts when powered by the mains but could only switch to the UPS’s batteries at 300 watts.

 
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