I was on a hunt to find a good VFM power supply, as I wanted to insert a graphics card and play games. I was previously using a generic power supply which came with my VIP cabinet. So running a graphic card on generic power supply is really a risk. And therefore I started to hunt for a good power supply.
VIP Gold 500W PSU
After inquiring at some places and dealers, I found 3 power supplies worthy to purchase under Rs. 2500 budget. First one was Gigabyte Superb 450w. This was not available at my place. Actually this is a 400 w SMPS and I didn’t found some good reviews even after searching much on Google. I did found just one review & therefore this was out of my list. Next comes Zebronics power supplies. I am talking about the “Pro” series in Zebronics. But then again this was not available locally. So finally I settled for not much known brand and that is “VIP”. And I bought this VIP Gold 500W PSU and thought I would do a review for budget conscious buyers.
The local dealers insisted much to me to buy this power supply. So I thought to try this out. Below is the screenshot:
Yes, its all GOLD. After opening the box you’ll just see the GOLD color. Mostly power supplies are in silver color, but this one is according to its model name. Also notice this fan (120 mm). This is a huge fan, and after inserting this in your cabinet, you’ll notice that this fan will point towards the motherboard. At the back side there is just a power socket, to insert your power cable. My previous power supply had its fan at the back side. But this one has a fan which will point downwards.
Expandability wise, this power supply is very good. It has following connectors:
1 x 20+4 Pin motherboard connector
1 x 4+4 Pin +12 V CPU connector
1 x 6 Pin PCI – Express connector (For graphic cards)
4 x SATA Power connectors
2 x Hard disk connectors
And of course a power cord. Some another features written on its box are, high efficiency, low noise, short circuit protection, etc. I doubt whether to believe all this or not.
If you are thinking to buy a graphic card then this 6 pin PCI-E power connector will come to the rescue. You can be future proof if you buy this. But some high end graphic cards needs two PCI E connectors, so take that also into consideration. Till now this power supply is working very smoothly, I have installed it before two days. And it is also very silent. I have not installed any graphic card yet, but I will in the near future.
- Really a great VFM(value for money) power supply
- Runs very silent
- PCI Express connector
- Many power connectors
- Only 3 years warranty as opposed to some other companies which has 5 years warranty.
- Only One PCI E connector
Final thoughts and Conclusion:
I’ve got this power supply for 2200 Rs. So I think its really a great VFM product. It has only 3 years warranty, whereas some companies offer 5 years warranty, but then what can you expect in a so tight budget. So those on a really tight budget can go for this power supply.