Solved: Antec Smartpower 2.0 500w - Bad?!?!

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Bigolac

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Hello all,
I am in a bit of a quandary here....

Usually when I buy a new power supply, I use a ATX power tester to test the supply before going through the process of actually installing it. Up until now, I haven't had any problems until I ran into these two Antecs...

When the tester is plugged in, it reads that the -5 volt is dead. So I returned the supply and got another one. The new supply has the same result.

Before I install this in my system, has anyone else had this kind of occurrence? I bought the Antec hoping I would get a good, consistent dual 12v supply.

For what it's worth, the tester works with a twenty pin configuration, not 24 pins (although previous supplies with 24 pins has not affected it).

Thanks for reading....
 

Bigolac

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What the heck....

I read the link - thanks for your prompt response.

Apparently, I can ignore the -5v reading on this tester (which is a Powmax ATX Power Tester).

Again, thanks - I can get some sleep tonight...

BTW - What tester do you have and what would you recommend?
 
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I use a Coolmax, an Antec and an EZ ATX 2.0 from FrozenCPU.com. The EZ will test more circuits, but they all work well. The old Coolmax won't test a 20+4 pin connector but the other two will. The EZ from FrozenCPU.com is the only one I have that will test a SATA connector.

As to the -5v rail, I'm sure some PSU's probably still have this rail, but the vast majority no longer incorporate this rail.
 
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