Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence

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EXTERNAL TOUR

The Value 430 sports a grey finish and no bling. A 120mm fan draws air into the power supply from the internals of the system. The main exhaust vent is the rear, where the honey-comb grill offers low resistance. There a long row of slot vents on the cable output side, presumably to assist in cooling. This will be seen by some silent/cooling PC enthusiasts as a negative, as some of the heat from the PSU will be forced into the PC case, and possible increase the internal temperature for the computer components. A simple wire grill protects the fan from cables or prying fingers while providing a low resistance to the airflow.


A standard 120mm fan PSU: We like the complete absence of flash.


These vents will force some of the heat from the PSU into the PC case.

Nexus Value 430 Specifications

The label on the PSU tells much of what we want to know.

Four 12V lines are listed on the specifications, but it's highly unlikely that they are really separate; they may have a 20A limiter on each "line", but this is also unlikely, because there are no instructions about which connectors are part of which "line".

There is no UL file number on the label to check at the UL Online Certifications Directory so there's no easy way to tell who is the power supply manufacturer. We could tear the thing apart and look for tell-tale signs on the printed circuit board and other components, but most readers don't really care; the main issue is electrical and acoustic performance.

OUTPUT CABLES

The Nexus Value 430 comes with a healthy lineup of outputs.

  • 1 - 21" cable w/ ATX 20+4-pin motherboard connector
  • 1 - 18" cable w/ Aux 12V 4+4-pin connector
  • 1 - 21" cable w/ 6+2-pin PCI-Express connector
  • 1 - 21" cable w/ 6-pin PCI-Express connector
  • 2 - 29" cable w/ 2x SATA connectors
  • 1 - 33" cable w/ 3x 4-pin Molex and 1x floppy connector
  • 1 - 27" cable w/ 3x 4-pin Molex connectors



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