Stealth 420W Aluminum PSU
by David, 10 October 2003
a good power supply for your PC is just as important as choosing
the best possible processor, motherboard or memory for your soon-to-be
monster rig. Nowadays,
most computer enthusiasts aren't looking for just a power supply
any more. They want oodles of power for their computer systems.
They want reliability. They want something which runs with minimal
noise. They want something unique. Thankfully, you've got many
brands to choose from in the current market: Antec, Enermax,
HEC, PC Power & Cooling; the list goes on and on.
the focus of this review, we feature the Vantec Stealth 420W
Aluminum power supply, supplied by the kind folks over at Vantec.
It's black. It's supposed to be stealthy, and it's rated for
420W of juice. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Features & Specifications
fit the 420W Stealth with a number of features to differentiate
it from the competition.
temperature controlled dual ball bearing fans :
While most power supply manufacturers are still making
single and dual fan power supplies; Vantec has three, all
feature a double ball bearing design for extended fan life.
In addition, all three fans are
temperature controller via a sensor, where the fan speeds up with in increase
in ambient temperature, and slows down as it gets cooler. The
three fans install
rear for better overall ventilation.
black aluminum casing : With aluminum
having good conductive and thermal properties; it is used to
a tough, light, and corrosion-resistant alloy. Unlike other power supplies
which use heavy metal casings,
Vantec uses aluminum to reduce the over all weight. A unique
black coating adds to the uniqueness.
Fan Speed Control Switch (Auto, Low, Medium) : While a power supply generates the power, it also
generates heat. Unlike other adjustable power supplies where
one fan's speed is adjustable, Vantec's Stealth
Power Supply fan control switch allows you to adjust all three
fans to the same tempo simultaneously. With this
feature, even though
the fans are slowed down, the cooling ratio will
remain the same. A three-speed control switch allows you to
adjust the fan
to minimize power
consumption while maximizing cooling.
AC Output for Peripherals :
Most peripherals directly acquire AC power from a power outlet
or power extension cord. Therefore, those peripherals will
remain on if you just
turn the PC off. With the additional AC outlet, you can plug your peripherals
direct to your PC’s power supply. When the PC is turned off, all the
peripherals are turned off as well. This feature will help to extend other
Vantec's Stealth Power Supply is designed with a 24-pin universal
connector provide for motherboards with a different DC input-pin
layout. This is a server and PC ready power supply.
ATA HDD Power Adapter : For Serial ATA
hard drive users, Vantec's Stealth Power Supply includes two
drive power adapters (4 to 15 pin connector).
at the power ratings on this baby, you can see that the Stealth
420W is no slouch; at least in terms of
specifications. Lets check out the contents of the box.
the box >>