Antec Phantom 500w Silent PSU

Introduction & Packaging


The balance between power and performance is a hard one to perfect. Cooling the most high-powered power supplies is a difficult task, and not something that is always possible with low noise fans.

Various 'Silent' Power supplies have been designed to try and combat this problem, incorporating fanless and watercooled designs. However, for the most part these units have been underpowered and incapable of producing stable voltage output.

Today I'll be looking at the Phantom 500w power supply from Antec. This unit is a hybrid design, which is passively cooled under light to moderate load, and powers on an integrated 80mm fan when things start to get really hot!


A short while ago I took a look and Antec's NeoHE 550w PSU, and commented on the professional styling of the packaging. Antec really don't need flashy, over the top packaging to make sales - their reputation for making quality products does a good enough job.

The same approach has been used with the Phantom PSU packaging, which has a dark theme and a picture of this rather unusual looking power supply printed on the front.

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Antec Phantom 500w Box Antec Phantom 500w Box

The top and front of the packaging is largely a blank canvas, being only populated by some images of the unit and some brief specifications.

Flip the packaging around and we can see that Antec have gone into much more detail on the back of the box, listing some of the units best features, such as: Hybrid design, temperature sensitive fan, ATX 12v 2.0 and gold plated connectors to name just a few.

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The Phantom is very well packaged between 2 layers of moulded styrofoam, which should do a good job of protect the unit against any heavy-handed delivery drivers.

Included in the package are the following items:

- Antec Phantom 500w Manual
- Mains cable
- 4x ATX case screws
- Antec Phantom 500w PSU
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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2006, 09:29:00

Originally Posted by name='"XMS"'
Quiet as a dead mouse

Nice review - would be a great one for a media PC Quote

11-08-2006, 09:36:12

Nice little PSU for those who really value silence. Very neat looking little unitQuote

11-08-2006, 09:50:39

Nice review but i wouldn't consider getting oneQuote

11-08-2006, 11:49:49

Yeah its a good looking unit with some good features. Out of all the PSU's i;ve tested so far, this would have to be the best for a silent PC build.

If anybody wants to see any other silent PSU's tested, let me know Quote

11-08-2006, 17:26:20

how about a tagan 580w review? looking at one for my buildQuote

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