Reviews - Antec NeoPower Blue 650W
Sample Provided by: Antec (By OklahomaWolf on Thu, Nov-13-2008)

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We've looked at many Antec units at this here website. Big Antecs, little Antecs, Antecs that climb on rocks... okay maybe they don't do that. But we have tested some pretty awesome Antec units recently, you gotta give me that. The Signature 850W and 650W were flat out amazing, and the Earthwatts 650W wasn't too far behind. But those were newer Delta based units. What happens when we take a step backwards and look at one of the Seasonic based units again?

That's what I'm up to today. I have in my grubby little hands a Neopower 650 Blue this time, which indeed is one of the older Seasonic based units. I am particularly excited about this because I haven't had a Seasonic based unit to take apart until now. I want to see what it's all about. In a little bit of a spoiler, this unit is based on the Truepower Trio platform, which we've looked at before here at the site. Let's see if it's still a good platform.

Our second of many box shots turns out to be this eye gouging example of how not to choose a font color. Good gravy... my eyes hurt already. To spare you the pain, I'll just squint at this picture here and reprint everything. There's got to be some setting on Mr. Fuji to dial down the pain a little.

"Power your system with 650 Watts of cool power. Just because you want to keep your computer streamlined doesn't mean you have to sacrifice features or style! NeoPower 650 Blue gives you that efficiency (up to 85%), and adds advanced features like cable management and dedicated circuitry with the style of a cool Blue LED 120mm super-silent fan."

Ahhhh! My eyes! They burn! Maybe I shouldn't be washing them out with rubbing alcohol.

That's a little better. I can see again. There's not a whole lot to talk about up there, as most of these bullet points are common to just about every decent unit coming out these days, but you will recall that the Truepower Trio in fact had only one 12V rail internally despite being marked for three. One wonders if this unit is the same way. Well, one can stop wondering because I took the lid off briefly and found that indeed it only has one 12V rail. All three PCB lands were jumpered together.

Another part of the box gives us some cool graphics and some more bragging points. Active PFC - meh, that's standard these days on anything worth buying and some units that aren't. Universal input - goes with the APFC. 4 SATA connectors... hmm, I think I'd like to see a couple more of them. 6+2 pin PCI-E connector... that should be coming with any unit over 450W or so.

Packaged in a way that resembles in no small part the Earthwatts 650W unit, the Neo Blue comes with an owner's manual, power cord, bag o' screws, bag o' modular cables, bag o' power supply, but no Jack O' Lantern. Too bad... I was hoping to go steal a horse and ride up and down main street throwing it at people for no reason. You say Halloween was almost two weeks ago? Don't say things like that... pretty soon I'd have to start acting my age, and nobody wants that. Right? Right?

The owner's manual doesn't carry too much info, but it does have all the basics in there along with some more bragging points.

The Neo Blue itself is finished in a pleasant matte gray case. Those modular connectors there all interchange with each other... doesn't matter where you plug what cable into it.

There's an embossed "Antec" just barely visible in the lower center of the pic where the cables come out. Speaking of cables, they're all nicely sleeved right up into the box. As usual for Antec, black/red is the ATX cable and the rest of them are all in black only.

Power switch, AC receptacle, and exhaust grille here. No gimmicks or gizmos like fan speed switches or LED operation indicators. I guess we'll have to make do with the lights inside this thing to see whether it's running or not. Oh, and whether or not the computer boots as well, I guess.

Once again, Antec has given me a label difficult to photograph. But I managed. Here's a table anyway.

Antec NeoHE
650 Blue
+3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 -12V +5VSB
24A 24A 19A 19A 19A 0.8A 3A
Max Power 170W 624W 9.6W 15W
650W

This puppy sure has capacity on the 12V side of things, doesn't it? Almost the full output of the unit is available over there. And like I said, that whole 52A number goes to one, not three, 12V rails. 5VSB is a little on the high side, as not too many rigs would need 3A there, but it's cool to see all the same.

A better shot of the hardwired cables. Some are longer than others, and no two were the same length. That's a bit sloppy, but not bad. At least the sleeving is nice.

The modular cables are also well sleeved on this unit. I like the idea of that little 3.5" drive adapter - not too many people are still using floppies anymore, but there are other devices that could need those connectors. This adapter is a nice compromise. If you need the connectors, just plug in the adapter. Otherwise, you can remove it and save clutter.

Type of connector: NeoHE
650 Blue
ATX connector (475mm) 20+4 pin
2 x 4 PCIe (495mm) 1*
8-pin Xeon/EPS connector (470mm) 1
4-pin ATX12V connector (500mm) 1

Modular Connectors

5.25" Drive connectors (480mm+150mm+150mm) 6
3.5" Drive connectors (+150mm) 2**
SATA (635mm+150mm) 4
2 x 3 PCIe (600mm) 1

Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)

150mm x 150mm x 86mm

*connector is modular 6+2 pin type
**5.25" connector to dual 3.5" adapter


 

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