Riotoro Builder 500W Power Supply

It’s been a little while since we last looked at a Riotoro unit, but it’s as good a time as any to see if their units are still worthy of our attention. In keeping with the theme of my last review, we’ll check out a 500 watt Riotoro bargain unit called the Builder Edition. We’ll find out just how well it holds up.

PRODUCT: Riotoro Builder 500W
PROD LINK: Builder 500W Product Page
PRICE: £49.99 @ Epsilon Computers
Price is at time of testing!

Riotoro Builder 500W

Welcome once more to the land of power supply reviews. When last we met, we looked at a budget unit from EVGA. It turned out to be mostly decent with a few puzzling quirks. But folks, EVGA isn’t the only fish in the sky or bird in the sea… other companies produce extreme budget units as well. I’ve decided to look at one today from Riotoro, whose products we haven’t seen too much of yet.

Today’s unit differs from the EVGA 450BV, but not by much at all. The box tells us it’s slightly more powerful, but with only 80 Plus standard efficiency certification. So, I’m expecting the two to come out roughly the same, performance wise. We’ll see if that pans out a bit later on. For now, we’re going to have a hard look at the box and try to figure out what that near indecipherable white on red text is saying. Something about reliable performance, I reckon.

The black on white part of the box also gives us another thing in common with the 450BV – a three year warranty. That’s pretty standard at this end of the market, with many companies going to one year. However, this could become a factor again when I decide on how to score the fan. Is it a decent fan? It had better be, if it wants to keep that point.

Riotoro Builder 500W

Other details of this product become apparent when we swivel yonder box around. I should probably stop swiveling this chair around like I was still an eight year old so I can read it. But gosh darn it, it’s just so puke inducingly fun.

Okay, done and dizzy. Like the box said earlier, this is 80 Plus White certified. Meaning it only has to stay above 80% efficiency from 20-100% load, and no more. So, expect no miracles there. Compatible with Intel and AMD? I would darn well hope so, since these both use the same ATX standards. Fixed cable? Frankly, modularity would be a surprise in this part of the market, so no surprises there. Thermal fan control and active PFC with auto-range voltage compatibility? Expected from everything but the ultra cheap crap you wouldn’t want to buy anyway.

And on that note, I think it’s pretty safe to say at this point that if your power supply has one of those big red voltage select switches or can only take one voltage, it’s either way too old or total junk. Replacing it might be timely.

Riotoro makes much of the worry free compatibility and reliability of this unit, but that means little to me at this point in my career. Boxes can say anything… they’re boxes. You can put all kinds of words on them that may or may not be true. The performance of this unit will speak for itself. I’m glad to see overtemp protection being mentioned, though. This is always good to see, as it can indicate that minimal cost cutting went on in the design of the unit. For the EVGA last week, this protection was even important… rated only at thirty degrees, you need a watchdog looking out to make sure the unit doesn’t blow itself up when (not if) it hits that number.

What’s this unit rated at? No idea, yet. Let’s keep going, and perhaps we’ll find out.

Riotoro Builder 500W

Oh, Lord, we’re back into the hard to read stuff. Fortunately, there’s nothing worth mentioning here we haven’t already except for the housing dimensions and load table. Which I will leave you to read, because I may be going blind right now.

Riotoro Builder 500W

Ah, cables. I like a power supply with a few of those, and I love when I don’t see one of those old 3.5″ floppy (Berg) connectors forced onto one of them.

Riotoro Builder 500W

Inside the box, we find a power supply, user guide, weird looking power cord, and some screws. No other accessories. You couldn’t do a few zip ties either, Riotoro?

The user guide is really low effort looking, but has surprisingly about the same level of info as EVGA’s did last time.