Death of a Gutless Wonder III: The Labors of Hercules

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: Hercules
MANUFACTURER: Hercules
PRODUCT: HRC512F 500W
PROD LINK: N/A
PRICE: $19.95 @ eBay
Price is at the time of testing!

I’d say it’s about time to have a look at this unit now, wouldn’t you say?

I don’t know if you saw that, but as soon as I took the bubble wrap off, the unit tried to float away. Ok, not really. But this thing is light. As in, I’ve seen heavier paperweights. Even though you can no longer judge power supplies by weight, that only goes so far. When your power supply is so damn light the case feels an empty beer can, it’s probably best to walk away from it.

I have to admit, I like the big fan treatment on this unit. Traditionally, units this cheap and light tend to run hot, so better cooling can only help. Assuming the fan’s worth the cheap plastic it’s made of.

What a shock – no modular connectors.

Looking awfully barren in there. The presence of a voltage selector indicates that the maker didn’t waste any time on luxuries like active power factor correction. And we know it can’t have passive PFC either because those coils add weight. Even the fake ones made of cement.

Let’s see… no UL approval, no CSA mark. That’s a bad sign on a new unit this ridiculously cheap. Let’s do a table.

HRC512F 500W – DC Output
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
22A 30A 22A 0.8A 3A
Max Power @ ?°C 500W

How do you like your power supplies, kids? Plain? Because that’s all you’re getting on this one.

Yeesh… look at that wiring. 20 gauge, all of it. Sucktastic!

A look at the fan. As cheap as the housing is, I’ve seen worse grilles than this. They were thinking about airflow, at least.

The bottom’s as boring as the sides are.

Not one PCI-e cable can be found in the wiring harness. Which is completely un-sleeved, by the way. Can’t have no sleeving driving the cost up, can we?

HRC512F 500W – Cabling
Type of Cable Length from PSU
Fixed Cables
20+4 pin ATX connector 320 mm
4 pin CPU 360 mm
5.25″+SATA+3.5″ 310+150+150 mm
5.25″+SATA 310+150 mm
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
142 mm x 150 mm x 81 mm

You get seven… count ’em… seven connectors in total with this unit. Ugh. Next page, please… I want to see this thing at work.