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Vantec ION2+ VAN-600AS

Power supplies are not the type of product Vantec has earned its reputation with. But the company has come to the highly competitive PSU market like many other PC component makers that have not been into PSUs before.

The ION2+ VAN-600AS comes in a rather large and neat box made of matte cardboard. The box has a carry handle.

The product’s key features and connectors are listed on the back of the box. The packaging is individual for this particular PSU model.

Exterior Design

The exterior design of this PSU is quite conventional.

The case is painted black and has modest dimensions. The large fan under a wire grid is painted the color of the case. A Vantec logo can be seen in the middle of the grid. The back panel is a honeycomb mesh.

The PSU has four connectors for detachable power cables. Otherwise, there are no openings for ventilation in its side panels.

Circuit Design

The interior of the ION2+ VAN-600AS looks familiar to us. It is the Andyson Performance F series platform we know from our review of the Hiper M600.

The key differences boil down to the four connectors for detachable cables located on a separate card (the small main PCB allows to accommodate the modular cable system without changing the dimensions of the PSU case) and to the shape of the heatsinks which are larger here compared to other Andyson-based PSUs and resemble the monumental heatsinks of Enhance's platforms.

Delving into smaller details, we can note the transparent protective plate in the output area and the different capacitors.

The Hiper M600 had Teapo capacitors at the output and a JunFu “barrel” at the input whereas the Vantec ION2+ VAN-600AS employs Teapo capacitors both at the input and output and also has WG and some low-capacitance JunFu components.

Cables and Connectors

The Vantec ION2+ VAN-600AS is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (43 cm)
  • One CPU cable with a 4+4-pin connector (45 cm)
  • One graphics card cable with a 6+2-pin and a 6-pin connector (42+14 cm)
  • Four connectors for peripheral power cables

Included with the PSU are:

  • Two cables with three PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug (45+15+15+15 cm)
  • Two cables with three SATA power connectors on each (46+15+15 cm)

The main cables are too short. This PSU is not going to be a good choice for system cases with a bottom PSU bay. The selection of available connectors is not rich, yet sufficient for a PSU of that wattage.

Specifications

The Vantec ION2+ VAN-600AS specifications are absolutely identical to those of the Hiper M600, the two PSUs being based on the same platform. So, we can note the same downside: the load capacity of the +12V rail is rather low at only 72% of the PSU’s full output power.

As opposed to the original Andyson platform, the Vantec has only basic 80+ certification rather than 80+Bronze.

 
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