Vantec Voltra 650 Watt Power Supply Overview

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 2:42pm

We will be looking at the 650 watt model from the Voltra series today. The entire series are certified 80Plus Bronze and consist of a single 12v rail. The Vantec Voltra 650 watt power supply is equipped with 140mm cooling fan that is load controlled and designed to run quiet. Internal specifications are one thing but visually is it a looked? Yes. This unit is branded tastefully and better yet is semi-modular giving the user control on how many cables to use depending on what is needed.

Vantec Voltra 650 Watt Power Supply Overview
 

Introduction

Vantec has been around for quite a while. The majority will see them as a company that mostly manufacture storage devices like HDD docks, enclosures and racks. But if you were to browse over to their site, you will see they are very active when it comes to expansion cards and cooling. One area Vantec is looking to expand today is power supplies. Currently, they have four categories under power supplies: VoltraX, Voltra+, Ion and Voltra. We will be taking a look at the latter.

You may have noticed the three of the four power supply series are very similar to one another. The biggest difference is the range of wattage within each power supply series. The VoltraX are available in smaller wattages consisting of 350 and 450 watts models. The Voltra is the mid-range power units ranging from 550 to 850 watts. We will be taking a lot at one of the models from this power supply series. Then you have the Vantec Voltra+ series which are for power hungry builds providing between 1050 and 1250 watts.

We will be looking at the 650 watt model from the Voltra series today. The entire series are certified 80Plus Bronze and consist of a single 12v rail. The Vantec Voltra 650 watt power supply is equipped with 140mm cooling fan that is load controlled and designed to run quiet. Internal specifications are one thing but visually is it a looked? Yes. This unit is branded tastefully and better yet is semi-modular giving the user control on how many cables to use depending on what is needed.

Vantec‘s take on Voltra

The VOLTRA Premium Series power supply delivers clean, stable, and continuous power, making it the best choice when you need an affordable, premium quality, and energy efficient power supply for your high-end gaming PC or workstation.

 


Specifications


Model

VAN-VL650B

AC Input Rating

100-240VAC

Input Current

10-5A Max

Frequency

47Hz - 63Hz

DC Output

Maximum Load

Maximum Output

+3.3V

25A

130W

+5V

25A

+12V

54A

650W

-12V

0.8A

9.6W

+5V

3A

15W

Total Power

650W

Features

· High Efficiency over 82% at 100% load
· Comply with ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V
·Intelligent 140mm Fan
·Japanese–made capacitors
·Modular Design
·Higher Reliability (MTBF > 100,000 hours)
·Flat Modular Cables
·SLI supported
·Class Leading Single 12V Rail
·Full Range Active PFC
·Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection
·5 Year Warranty
 


Closer Look

Looking over the exterior of the Voltra 650, Vantec kept the unit tasteful visually which kind of remind us of some power supply models from Corsair which is something we liked. The exterior is a nice black that isn’t quite matte as it has a little more shine to it. And at 6¼” long, you shouldn't encounter any issues placing it in any case suited for a standard power supply.

Previously, we stated that the Voltra is semi-modular. The only cables that are attached to the unit permanently are the ATX 20/24-pin and the EPS/ATX 4/8-pin cables. These two cables are sleeved in a way that is typical of most power supplies. Visually, not too appealing but it does keep things neat.

The rest of the cables plugs into connectors that are clearly labeled.

As for the extensions, they are flatten and wrapped in a rubber coating. We have seen this with many power supplies today. It is a great way of giving the cable a great look and remains very sturdy. It is an inexpensive alternative to individual sleeving which would put a power supply’s cost out of reach for many buyers.

They fan of the Vantec Voltra 650 measures 140mm. It is controlled by the load that is put on the system often keeping the noise to a minimum. Vantec does not state any specifications for the fan but we can say that during testing, we haven't heard anything that would come to annoyance from the Voltra.

I am glad that Vantec follow suit of others and put the product label on the top of the unit and not to the sides keeping it visually friendly. With 54 amps and a total of 650 watts on the single 12v rail, power for any high-end GPU is there for the taking and this would even include dual mid-range cards as well.

 

Cable Connections

20/4 Pin ATX

4+4 (8) Pin EPS

4 Pin Molex

SATA

6 Pin PCIe

6+2 Pin PCIe

Floppy

 

Vantec Voltra 650

1/1

1/1

4

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. Microcool Banchetto K Open Air Test Bench
8. Vantec Voltra 650
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way to do so 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 a trusty digital multimeter. 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

We found that the Vantec Voltra 650 watt power supply was more than capable of handling the components on our test bench. Vantec designed it to be a nice option for those building a more than modest system which is what our test bench consist of. Even during some processor and memory overclocking, we found that the Voltra 650 didn't even hiccup once in any of the sessions.

We also like the appearance of the Voltra series. Vantec did a fine job of not making the unit flashy that doesn't draw too much attention. The subtle sticker on the side and the nice black paint looks about right in any case or build. If you are using one of the many Asus motherboards based on the same color scheme, you are in for a real treat. Hence, the looks and design are very easy to match with the typical hardware selection on the market.

We found the Vantec Voltra 650 goes for under just $100 at the few shops we looked up. Once it is more available, prices may go cheaper.

 

 

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