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

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Performance (40% of the final score) - I have a confession to make: I expected this unit to fail. After all, it was built on the same platform as the two Trio 650W units jonnyGURU blew up back in the day. But, this unit did survive. Barely.

That's the good news. The bad news is, mine did have trouble holding that 3A 5VSB rail. It also exhibited more voltage fluctuation than I like to see from an indy regulated unit. So, all things considered, I'm going to toss out a 6.5.

Functionality (20% of the final score) - the Neo Blue is a little different from the Truepower Trio in that there are no thermostatic "fan only" connectors, it has updated cabling, and the sleeving is much better. Oh, and it's modular. This one gets a 9 from me.

Value (30% of the final score) - the cheapest I could find this unit was $91.67 at eWiz. Ouch... that's not a very good value for a somewhat low end Seasonic build when you can go out there and get a Corsair for about $25 more. Still, it's not a terrible value, just a not so good one. 7.5.

Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - I feel pretty much the same as Jon's impressions of the Trio about this unit. Gray box, kind of drab. But the cables are all sleeved, the modular panel is nicely done, and yeah... modular. I like modular. Lets have us an 8.

Performance

6.5

Functionality

9

Value

7.5

Aesthetics

8

Total Score

7.5 

Summary

Antec's new and improved 650W Seasonic based design gets a total score of 7.5 from me today. Not enough to gain a recommendation this time around, but I do have to say the platform is better off now than when it was first introduced as the Truepower Trio series. Not bad, not excellent, just kind of ok for the money. You could easily do worse.

The Good:

  • there... are... three... lights!!! Not four!!! Ok, I'll stop geeking out now.
  • reasonably stable voltages
  • efficient at low loads

The Bad:

  • somewhat subpar build quality
  • a little costly

The Mediocre:

  • couldn't handle 3A 5VSB load long term unless the fan was running

 

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