Antec recently expanded their BP series with the addition of the BP 450 and the BP 550. The BP series is essentially their entry level line of PSU and mainly cater to office/daily computing type of systems. There have been many attempts by a lot of companies to make an impact on this segment, but since it is very heavily price driven, it is often seen that manufacturers cut corners to save on costs. Let us hope that Antec breaks this trend and gives us something that is truly bang-for-buck.
PACKAGE AND SPECIFICATIONS
As expected with entry level PSUs, packaging was simple and nothing flashy. The box has some basic information about the PSU, however they did miss out on one thing – the protection features of the PSU. Its one of the things budget consumers would want to know. I actually could not find this anywhere – not on the manual or official site . Hope they put this information up somewhere, at least on their website.
To run you quickly through some of the features antec boasts are the 450W of continuous power, high performance capacitors, CircuitShield (protections) and a 2 year warranty.
Some other information that was missing was the cable lengths, antec should put this data online. The cables are on a shorter side, but I don’t think that is a bad thing as it will be really unlikely that someone will use it on a full tower chassis. It should be fine, in fact good for smaller chassis. Here are the approximate cable lengths for your reference:
24 pin motherboard power connector – 42 cm
8 pin motherboard power connector – 58 cm
PCIE connector – 46 cm
Sata connectors – 4 2 cm to 57 cm
4 pin molex connectors – 72 cm to 87 cm
INSIDE THE ANTEC BP 450PS
So lets take apart the casing and take a look inside and take a look at the components used in this PSU.
First impressions, the power supply is made by Channel Well Technologies(CWT) and are well known in the world of power supplies.
The fan used is a 7 blade Hong hua 120mm sleeve bearing fan (HA1223M12S-Z). Next to it, we see a large coil used to improve the power factor correction in this PSU, so clearly, it uses passive power factor correction. Now lets take a closer look at the various parts of the PSU.
|Input Frequency Range||50/60 Hz|
|Product Segment||Up To 75% Efficient - To Reduce Your Electricity Bill, 120 Mm Silence - Whisper-quiet High-quality Fan With Long Lifetime, Multi Pci-e - 2 Pci-e Connectors For Multiple Gpu Support|
|Consumables - Ribbon|
|Input Current Range||10A Max. @ 110VAC, 5A Max. @ 220VAC|
|Energy efficiency||Up to 75% efficient|
|Input voltage||110VAC - 120VAC, 220VAC - 240VAC +/- 10%|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||22.8 x 21.6 x 12.4 cm|
|In The Box|
|In The Box||Antec Gaming BP450PS SERIES POWER SUPPLY 450W|
|Warranty||3 Years Manufacturer Warranty|
|Support Number||Toll Free Number : 1-800-222-6832|