High Power Astro AGD-600F 600 Watt Power Supply Review

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Posted by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:00am

Like other OEM companies, High Power has decided to venture first hand into the market that deals directly with the consumer. Ever since going this route, they have been first to do a couple of things like the first to market 1000W Platinum and Gold units. Currently, their AGD-600F is neither of those as it is only a 600-watt unit but it does have a Gold 80PLUS rating which is a big plus in anybody’s book.

High Power Astro AGD-600F 600 Watt Power Supply Review

Introduction

When it comes to building a nice gaming rig, we no longer have to purchase mega-wattage power supplies to power the latest high-end video cards. That’s right! Cards like the Radeon HD 7970 and the NVidia GTX 680 can be powered by power supplies as low as 600 watts. It’s just a matter of getting a good quality power supply unit and making sure it has the connections the card requires.

We do believe that we have one of those high-quality power supplies sitting right here in front of us. Our new friends at High Power Tech sent us their new Astro Series AGD-600F power unit. You probably haven't heard of High Tech before that is because they were too busy making power supplies for other companies.

Like other OEM companies, High Power has decided to venture first hand into the market that deals directly with the consumer. Ever since going this route, they have been first to do a couple of things like the first to market 1000W Platinum and Gold units. Currently, their AGD-600F is neither of those as it is only a 600-watt unit but it does have a Gold 80PLUS rating which is a big plus in anybody’s book.

High Power‘s take on Astro AGD-600F

Astro GD Series is the fully modular single output, 80 plus Gold certified power supply. Astro GD Series is carried on Astro appearance of H-shaped fan guard; likewise it has its own feature, fully modular for the flexibility of using only the cables you need.


Specifications

Item Name

AGD-600F

Model Number

HPB-600GD-F14C

Dimension (W / H / D)cm

15x8.6x16cm

Fan Size

13.5cm

Modular Cable

YES

+12V Rail

1

Efficiency

90%

PFC

Active

Power Good Signal

 

Hold Up Time

 

MTBF

 

Protection

UVP/OVP/OPP/ SCP/OCP/OTP

Operation Temperature

 

Safety

FCC,CE,cTUVus,TUV,CB,CCC

Input

Voltage

100-240V

Current

10A

Output

Total Watts

600W

+5V

20A

+3.3V

20A

+12V1

49A

+12V2

 

+12V3

 

+12V4

 

-12V

0.5A

+5Vsb

3A

+5V/ +3.3V Combined

130W

+12V Combined

588W

Features

 

80 Plus Gold Certified With 89-91% extreme high efficiency at 20-100% of load to reduce the loss of electricity and save your money on facility bill.

 

Silent Design Embedded 13.5 cm dual ball bearing Golf-surfaced fan. The patented golf-surfaced fan increases airflow and reduce overall noise level.

 

Advanced DC to DC Converter Unparalleled DC to DC converters for 3.3V & 5V outputs to reach high efficiency

 

Intelligent Fan Control Equipped with" Intelligent Fan Control” design, which offers two types of operation modes, silent mode and cooling mode. The Astro adjusts fan operation mode automatically according to the system loading as well as the ambient temperature level.

 

Off- Delay Fan (Fan Stays On After System Off) It allows PSU fan to continue running after system shut down for few seconds approximately, it helps to exhaust residual air at the end of the heating/ cooling cycle for extending component life.

 

Single +12V Output Rail Offers maximum compatibility for the +12V demand

 

100% Japanese-made Capacitors Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors.

 

Reliable Japanese-made Solid-state Capacitors Enhance your system durability and stability even under extreme conditions.

 

Easily Detachable and Flexible Flat Modular Cables Use only the cables you need. Reduce clutter from unused connectors and enhance the air flow inside your system.

 

Patented Easy Swap Connector Quick and easy installation

 

ErP 2013 Its standby and off mode wouldn't exceed 0.5W consumption to save energy and maintain sustainable environment


Closer Look

Looking at High Power’s portfolio of power supplies, one can tell that they have been in the industry for a long time and far from being a stranger. There are currently eight series of power supplies in their catalogue and many of those series are broken down into sub-series. There are simply too many of their power supplies to count here. The Astro series itself is broken-down into three other series. The top one being the PT models that are Platinum rated.

The other two are both Gold rated but only share a few features and consist of different wattage levels. The GD comes in with the 650 and 750-watt variants and the series GD (F) we are testing with comes in 500-watt, 600-watt and 750-watt models. Obvious from the title, we will be taking a look at the 600-watt model.

But in case you want to know the differences between the two Gold series, the GD series has a digital VRM scheme that helps in reducing the fluctuation of voltage rails and there is also a power consumption meter built into the unit.

The AGD-600F has a color scheme that relatively resembles the Enermax Triathlor and the FSP Aurum with the gold and black. It could be related to the Gold certification these power supplies have. Aesthetically speaking, the unit does not look bad but it is heavy on branding as wording and logos are applied to every side of the unit.

The product label shows this model only has a single 12v rail. This single rail has a total of 49 amps and has a maximum power output of up to 588 watts. With such specifications, this should be more than enough to efficiently power a single high-end GPU and a well overclocked CPU.

Even with all the branding, I personally love the fan grill with is a bunch of H’s cleverly used with the High Power logo sitting in the middle. Behind the grill is a PWM controlled 135mm cooling fan. The gold ball design helps in increasing the overall air flow and reduces the level of noise the unit produces.

The connector end of the power unit is pretty simple and one can easily tell what cable goes where.

All the cables except for the main ATX plug are layered in rubber which is quickly becoming common from many of the manufacturers out there. This keeps everything neat and tidy without having to go out and pay large amounts of money for custom sleeved cables. This particular model does lack a second pair of PCIe plugs for those who wanted to host something like dual Radeon HD7870 cards.

 

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 (8) Pin EPS

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

Floppy

 

 

1

2

2

6

0

2

1

 


Testing Begins

Test Hardware: 1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive (Thanks to Kingston for donating to our test bench)
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. High Power AGD-600F
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the best way to do it, but you cannot overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. We have our trusty digital multimeter for that. Those sites and the methods they use should be the true means of determining how good a power supply really is. However, we feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is also a valid measure of its performance.


Conclusion

When it comes to picking out a power supply for your new build, there are quite a few to pick from. When shopping at local retailers, chances are you will find at least ten or so that would fit your need. But if you are shopping online like at Newegg, you will find a lot more options available. The final decision will come down to how much money you are willing to spend, if the desired unit fits your need and if you trust the manufacturer.

If the High Power Astro AGD-600F model is available for purchase, would you give it a chance? Well, if you trust us we would say you should. The Astro 600 performed well in our testing and showed that it would hold up well for everyday usage. We installed the unit in a regularly used PC and we never had a single issue with it.

During both phases of usage, we saw each of the rails stay well within an acceptable range. The Gold efficiency rating also ensure that you won’t see an unwanted increase in your monthly electricity bill even if you are upping the overall wattage from your previous model.

Another factor we must not overlook is noise. Noise is one of the aspects of computing that nobody wants. With that in mind, High Power ensures that the chances of noise on their units are minimal. If you are hearing noise from your rig, it is certainly not coming from a High Power PSU. The fan on the PSU was always quiet which also includes the time when the system had a 100% load.

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