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High Power PW480-102DF Power Supply

Manufacturer: High Power
Supplied by: Alpha and Omega Computers
MSRP: $120 $86 (see conclusion)

by Dean Barker (7/15/2005)


Up until the time that video cards transformed themselves into the power hungry beasts that they are now, many of us overlooked the importance of a good power supply.  That's why over the past year or so there has been such a push by power supply makers to produce better and more feature rich units.  When I say features, I'm not talking about just lots of fans or some LEDs; I'm talking about real world practical features that are often times more elusive.

Today, we have a unit on the bench that I think encompasses the necessities of what a power supply should have and be.  High Power has been in existence since 2002 and has put out a number of quality units.  Their latest unit, the High Power PW480 102DF really shows a nice mix of flash and usable features.  From color coded braided cables to the real time wattage use display, the High Power PW480 is indeed a well rounded PSU.  Thanks to the good people over at Alpha and Omega Computers, a primary distributor of High Power, we have one up on the bench today to give you a closer look.


  • Observed Dimensions: 150 x 140 x 85mm

  • Power output: 480 watts

  • Quad Protection - unit automatic shutdown in event of over voltage, over power, overheating or short circuit

  • Color: Black

  • Cooling: Dual 80mm fans (automatic fan speed control)

  • (2) SATA connectors

  • (9) Molex connectors with EZ-Extract connectors 

  • (2) FDD connectors

  • 5.25" Bay insert with power wattage display

  • All lines wrapped colored keyed braided webbing

  • 20 to 24 pin adapter and Molex to 6-pin adapter included

What you get

Opening up the box we found our High Power 480w power supply, power cord, 20 to 24 pin adapter cable (for server/socket 775 boards), Molex to 6-pin power adapter (for PCI-E cards), mounting screws and a 5.25" wattage use display bay cover.



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