Antec Phantom 500w Silent PSU



Having tested quite a few power supplies here at OC3D, I thought that I'd seen every imaginable style. However, the Antec Phantom is very different to the usual 'black box' or 'blinged-out' affair...

Antec Phantom 500w Top Antec Phantom 500w Back

To put it in simple terms, the Phantom is basically one large aluminium heatsink. The fins on the top and bottom of the unit allow for maximum heat dissipation, thus reducing the need for a high-powered fan. The back of the unit has a meshed grill that allows for hot air to be expelled out of your case when the fan is activated.

You will also notice that the Phantom 500w does not have a voltage selection switch. This is because the unit is able to detect the input voltage automatically and switch accordingly.

Antec Phantom 500w Side Antec Phantom 500w Front

The front of the Phantom is quite different to your usual power supply. Rather than opting for a boring metal fan grill, Antec have molded a very tasty looking plastic fascia to give the unit a bit of an 'mean' look.

Looking around the side of the unit we can see a small air ventilation grill which assists in providing fresh air to some of the hotter components contained inside. Fins also stretch the length of the unit, but seem to be for visual effect more than anything else.

Antec Phantom 500w Switch Antec Phantom 500w Light

Other features of the unit include the ability to set what temperature the internal 80mm fan is activated at (40-55°C) by means of a 3-way switch.

Antec have also included a very cool looking light strip that is illuminated when the unit is switched on. This is especially handy, as when the fan is not activated on the unit, it is impossible to know that the unit is switched on.
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Most Recent Comments

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

11-08-2006, 05:50:39

Nice review but i wouldn't consider getting oneQuote

11-08-2006, 07:49:49

Yeah its a good looking unit with some good features. Out of all the PSU's i;ve tested so far, this would have to be the best for a silent PC build.

If anybody wants to see any other silent PSU's tested, let me know Quote

11-08-2006, 13:26:20

how about a tagan 580w review? looking at one for my buildQuote

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