Glacial power 550watt power supply Review :: Overview

10-09-2007 · Category: Hardware - Power Supplies

By Jonathan Russell

Glacial power 550watt power supply Review
Glacial power 550watt power supply Review

The Glacial Power GP-PS550BP is a standard ATX power supply unit with an MSRP around 70.00 dollars. A quick Froogle search found this power supply selling for around 73.00 not bad for a 550 watt PSU.

The first thing that you will notice is the weight of the package, all too often many inexpensive power supplies boasting above average wattage carry weight equal to that of a small box of pens. Thankfully this is not the case here. The weight tells us straight off that the power supply is constructed of heavier components which should hopefully lead to better performance. Another nice feature is the thermal controlled fan, this allows the power supply to operate in a silent mode under most load conditions. Of course one the power supply warms up the single 80mm cooling fan spins up to provide ample cooling for the entire supply while still retaining a low noise production.


Glacial power 550watt power supply Review
Glacial power 550watt power supply Review

Once out of the box you notice that the look of this power supply is pretty plain, which suites me just fine many power supply companies put a lot of effort into making a power supply look good rather than making it perform well. Let's hope in this case the lack of exterior flash is the byproduct of a well designed power supply.


Glacial power 550watt power supply Review
Glacial power 550watt power supply Review
Glacial power 550watt power supply Review

The power supply is fitted with a standard 20/24 pin ATX power adapter sheathed in a plastic mesh to keep the main harness wires nice and tight. This allows it to accommodate older motherboards as well as current and upcoming PCI-X motherboards. The power supply has duel 2x3 PCI-E power connectors as well as the standard 4 pin auxiliary power adapter used on most current boards. 5 standard 4 pin Molex connectors are also present, these have been slightly modified with small plastic grips to allow for easier connect/disconnects from various devices. Also present are two native SATA power connectors. While that is ample for most current systems, with the increasing popularity of Raid arrays and SATA optical drives , four or more native SATA power connectors would be a nice touch.

Not found on this power supply is a 2x4 connector used on higher end ATI video cards. While there are adapters available, it would be nice to see a power supply support these connections with the need for added adapters.


Glacial power 550watt power supply Review
Glacial power 550watt power supply Review