Antec Phantom 500w Silent PSU

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

As we've already seen, the Phantom 500w is very different in design to any other power supply on the market from the outside, but how about the inside? Lets take a look...

Antec Phantom 500w Inside Antec Phantom 500w Inside

Looking inside the Phantom, we can see that components of reasonable size and quality have been used. All components that produce heat have been fitted with aluminium heatsinks to keep the unit cool and help maintain its efficiency.

During my inspection of the unit I was unable to find any adjustable potentiometers, which could have potentially been use to adjust the rail voltages.

Antec Phantom 500w Heatsink Antec Phantom 500w Heatsink

As we can see from above, heat is transferred from the heatsinks and other components to the large surface area of the aluminium casing by thermal tape. This maximises the cooling potential rather than relying on air to transfer the heat into the casing.

Antec Phantom 500w Fan Antec Phantom 500w Fan

As previously mentioned, the Phantom is a hybrid design. This means that under idle and 'light load' conditions, the Phantom relies on passive cooling to keep the components cool. However, under heavy load conditions, the Phantom utilises an 80mm fan manufactured by XFan to prevent the unit from overheating.

The fan spins at 2500rpm, producing an airflow of 26.01cfm and a noise level of 27.08dBA. This would seem to be a very good choice of fan for a unit designed to be quiet, and we'll be testing this on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2006, 05:22:29

"Today I'll be looking at the Phantom 500w PSU from Antec. This unit is based on Antec's hybrid fan/passive design which promises to keep things a little more quiet."


11-08-2006, 05:29:00

Originally Posted by name='"XMS"'
Quiet as a dead mouse

Nice review - would be a great one for a media PC Quote

11-08-2006, 05:36:12

Nice little PSU for those who really value silence. Very neat looking little unitQuote

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