Mushkin HP-550 550W Power Supply

Mushkin Enhanced, a brand synonymous with high-end RAM, had recently announced the addition of the HP-550 Power Supply to its new power supply product lineup last month.

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PRODUCT: Mushkin HP-550 550W
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PRICE: $84.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at time of testing!

Mushkin launched the XP-650 in May of this year. That power supply is fairly expensive, and supposedly has the performance to match it’s price (please note that I’ve yet to test one myself.) But for a moment it would seem that Mushkin had forgotten the mainstream user by not offering something a little more affordable.

Mushkin HP-550 550W

Mushkin decided to swing to the other side of the power supply price-point spectrum, still offering modular connectors and “Rail Fusion”, but in a unit that could sell for under $100.

Mushkin HP-550 550W

The shiny finish is the first sign that tells us that this power supply, like their higher end unit, is made by Topower. The HP-550 also features EMI/RF filters on the “snake-skinned” PCI-e cables. Another Topower signature item.

Mushkin HP-550 550W

The box is very… white? It’s sort of Art Deco in a Miami Vice Don Johnson kind of way. Not that a box has anything to do with how a power supply performs, but I couldn’t help to notice that there were no pictures of the power supply showing the modular interface or any of it’s cables.

Mushkin HP-550 550W

All of our modular cables are stored in a separate box. The power supply is wrapped in bubble wrap and sitting loose at the bottom of the box.

All of the cables are nicely sleeved in a nice, tight, black nylon sleeving.

Mushkin HP-550 550W

While we have this separate box busted out and open for a photo, let’s go ahead and do our customary cable count…

Mushkin HP-550 550W – Cabling
Type of connector:  
ATX connector 20+4
2 x 2 12V connectors 1
2 x 3 PCI-e 2
8-pin Xeon/EPS connector 1*
6-pin Xeon/AUX connector 0
5.25″ Drive connectors 5
3.5″ Drive connectors 1
SATA Drive power connectors 4
Fan only connectors (thermostatically controlled 12V only) 0
* Two four pin connectors combine to create one 8-pin EPS+12V connector.