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Antec VP500PC PSU - Reviews and Benchmarks


After a long wait and obviously long searches both on and off the net I managed to find a budget PSU that is packed with enough punch to power any medium to high end computer PC, the Antec VP500PC 500Watt PSU. I know that name sounds a bit to tacky and clumsy but it sure has the stats to impress anyone around delivered both through quality and quantity.
So before we dig deep into under the hood and find out what all it has to deliver, let’s take a quick glance at the specifications.

Going by the stats this seems like a very promising PSU with a very light price tag. As it is too good to believe I looked at it a bit more closely.

The Power distribution


The most prominent feature of the VP500PC is that the 12V rails deliver a total of 408W which is not only a significant share of the total 500W delivered by the unit but is also greater than the combined value of the 3.3V and 5V rails showing clearly that it is based on latest architecture which makes it compatible with new components and most importantly the manufacturer has not compromised on quality factor. A few key connectors are as follows--

Dual 12V Rails: The Antec VP500PC comes with a 500watt power and as we can see in the image alongside the module has two 12V rails that deliver an appear-age of 24A and 21A respectively.
This is a very good tactic used by Antec to give extra protection to its consumers at such a low price. The main advantage of having multiple 12V rails on any Power supply Unit is double protection from OCP ie Over Current Protection. What is OCP? Well to put it straight, Over current protection is a safety feature that prevents your power supply from exceeding the amount of current present on each rail. This can happen if the component or device requires more current than available on 12V Rail of SMPS and causes the SMPS to overload, which can result into crashing of systems, burning of cables or explosion of your power supply! If OCP is present on the SMPS then the SMPS will shut down if the current on 12V rail exceeds it recommended rating.
So by putting a dual 12V rail system Antec has played it smart and given an extra layer of protection to the system that it'll be employed into. Thumbs up to that as this feature is rarely found in budget PSUs.

6+2 PCI-e Connector: It comes with two 6+2 PCI-e Connectors which makes it an ideal unit for using with any of the latest mid to high range graphics cards. You can easily run a mid range graphic card that uses a 6 pin PCI-e or a 8 pin PCI-e connector in SLI or CrossFire making it an ideal choice for gamers who want sheer power and no hassle from their computers.

4+4 ATX12V Connector: This feature not only makes it ideal to be used with power hungry processing beasts like the AMD FX 8350 Octa-core processors but also with high end processors/motherboards that require a combined 4+4 ATX12V CPU connector also known as a 8-pin EPS12V connector.

4xSATA Connectors: This is common in a 500W PSU but its worth mentioning over here as it is available at a very competitive price tag. With this you can easily connect upto four HDD/SSD or a permutation and combination between storage drives and optical devices. This is plenty and you'll not have to worry about converting any of the peripheral connectors for powering your devices making it ideal for a mini home server PC as-well.

The unit is surely designed to utilize all the 500W and not just a sham rendering the user unable to run most of the components in absence of the appropriate connectors.

The Load Test


To finally see how much the VP500PC had in it  to deliver and not just going by the outer looks and the hefty 500W claim on the box, I put the provided module through a load test. I kept the PSU under 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% load to determine the actual output in real world tests and applications.
Each voltage rail's output was recorded under varied loads and the entire output was kept in the "Total" column.
The results, were quite astonishing though

The Antec VP500PC passed with flying colors! Not only did all the rails delivered the promised outputs at varied loads but the total value was beyond my personal expectations from a budget power supply unit. For example, at near 100% load the total wattage delivered was fascinatingly 497W which is just 3W less than the promised 500W and obviously nothing is fully efficient so this is a wonderful score.
Also during our test we witnessed a 82%-84% efficiency along with the PSU staying under 40 degree Celsius with the room temperature at around 36 degree Celsius showing that the 120mm quite fan does it work pretty well and yes it did not sound like a jet engine running, it was indeed cool and quite as promised by Antec.

My Verdict


Priced at just Rs. 3100 the Antec VP500PC 500W PSU is a perfect combination of smart implementation of technology and quality production, ideal for a variety of consumers ranging from medium users to hardcore gamers. Using this PSU will not increase a budget build's cost significantly but will definitely increase the productivity and lifetime of the other components used substantially.
For those who can't distinguish between fact and fiction of PSUs the Antec VP500PC is the blind choice, light on pocket but heavy on performance.
I give it a 9.5/10
The video review is now available here

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16 comments:

  1. This is a simple but such a clear review! Thank you so much for giving me a powerful option in the budget segment, you rock ;) Now I can upgrade my PC with this unit.
    You are doing a great job over here. I'll recommend you blog to my friends.

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    1. Thank you for liking it so much.
      Yes it is one of the best in the budget segment and perfect for an up-gradation.

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  2. Can it run gtx 960? And how much load it takes during normal working? Please tell if capacitors are good.

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    1. Undoubtedly yes, as the whole GTX 960 range consumes a 120W-170W under the heaviest of loads.
      170W is for the longest one the Gigabyte GTX 960 Gaming G1 which is also the strongest of the lot.
      The capacitors are really good and all Japanese ensuring long and stable life.
      Feel free to ask any further questions.

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  3. Bro is it compatible with Haswell series??

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    1. Yes it is compatible with the Haswell Series, I'd tested it on a i7 4770K itself.
      You can check the video if you like.

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  4. Hello, I have a Gigabyte HD7950 and CPU I5 2500 Sandy bridge, can this PSU work with them without any problems ?

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    1. Hello,
      Yes it will support these two easily without any issues.
      I'm using the same PSU with a AMD FX 8100 and MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G so you can understand the power of this unit I'm sure.
      Just make sure you don't install multiple HDDs with this configuration.
      Feel free to ask any further questions.

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  5. I am using it on pentuim cpu and gt610 gpu, will that be ok or it will be a overkill ?

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    1. Hello,
      Its an overkill for your configuration but its always good to have a bigger PSU than your requirements will serve you well during future upgrades.

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  6. I see that the package says only 82% max efficient, so is it good to buy this or its better to buy antec vp450 which has 85% efficiency ?

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    1. It all depends on your requirements if you system has a peak power consumption very close to or more than that of 450W than the VP500PC should be your pick over the VP450PC but in case its not then its fine to go for the VP450PC as-well.

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  7. I wanted to know what is the efficiency of vp500pc at 20% ,40% ,50 % load.

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    1. I've already mentioned that above that how much power the PSU delivers at varying loads ranging from 20%-100% you can go through that.
      Overall the PSU when I'd tested it showed at around 82%+ efficiency.

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  8. Hi,
    My Dell XPS 8500 has 460W stock PSU. Can I upgrade it with this 500W PSU or will it overkill?

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    1. Hello,
      Yes you can upgrade it to a 500W PSU easily suggest you get the Antec VP500PC only if you are on budget.
      It would be an over kill for the stock configuration that the XPS 8500 comes with so if you want to upgrade the PSU make sure you're planning to or going to upgrade the graphics card aswell to make your purchase worthwhile or else I don't see any need to upgrade the PSU for that machine.

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