|Submited By: TMV on 04/03/2010|
I have an Antec ATX12V Power Supply Tester, but it only indicates via orange and green LEDs that voltage is too high or low.
It cost about $25 with discount. It will let you know if you have a power supply failure, but nothing more. To be fair, you
can plug in a voltage multimeter to measure voltage output, but that is a big hassle and requires you have a multimeter and know
how to use it.
The Easy Accurate Pc Power Tester also by Antec, is a high-quality product that also gives voltage output in 1/10 volt
increments on an attractive LED face. If you are trying to diagnose whether your PCs problem is with the PS or the
system chip, that additional info can save lots of time and frustration. The PS can still be within its published
operating range, but be off enough that it causes issues with booting and shutdowns and reboots. This situation can
be misdiagnosed even with the support people from Intel. Although the situation is not going to happen very often,
all it takes is one time to cause a big loss of time and money. For the extra $15 dollars get the Easy Accurate Pc Power Tester!
Upon receiving the Easy Accurate PC Power Tester (this name is too long)I tested five PSs, of which two are in-use.
The testing was quick. Connections fit well, not too tight or loose. The entire unit has the feel of high quality,
like you could drop it a few times (not recommending you try this) and it would still work. My previous Antec PS tester
the Antec ATX12V Power Supply Tester, had a fragile build to it, like it would break if dropped, though it never did.
Bottom line, the Antec Accurate PC Power Tester will reliably do its primary function: keep you from plugging in a bad PS and
frying your motherboard. But for the extra $15, it will also give you enough info to diagnose problems that could
otherwise waste lots of time and money. It will also quickly and accurately tell you the quality of voltage output
from an ATX power supply so you know the quality of the PS versus its specs.
I would highly recommend this PS tester to anyone, even non-techs.