Obviously newer mobos and graphics cards that require extra power wont have this problem. Antec support told me to load up as much hardware in the box as possible and turn the TriCool fan on full - I did this; when I have 2 disks and the fan at the highest setting the machine boots fine!!
Argh, thats really fustrating. I got this after filling an RMA ticket for the 430he with Antec:
"That motherboard requires a â€“5v. All of our current version 2.0 power
supplies do not have a â€“5v If you look at the main connector on power
you will notice that one of the receptacles has a empty slot. That
would normal have a white wire plug into it, and that would be your â€“5v.
This power supply is too advanced for your system. For a compatible. We
would advise using a standard version 1.3 ATX power supply that will
have the â€“5v."
That's funny seeing as how Antec lists this PSU as "ATX12V v2.2 compliant; backward compatible with all ATX12V systems." I'm pretty sure my MSI Neo2 Platinum is an ATX12V motherboard.
What is lame is that the PSU is failing on boards that don't require much power; that just blows my mind as to how ridiculous that sounds. Shouldn't be the other way around? Doesn't that piss you guys off? Imagine buying a new motherboard so it can be compatible with your PSU; it sounds ludicrous because usually you upgrade your PSU to match your high power components, not the other way around!
I mean i have MSI Neo2 platinum board, which at the time was the top of the line Athlon64 board (right before PCI express was availble), and now they make me feel like im living in the stoneage, talking about how my motherboard is not "advanced enough" for this PSU which is SUPPOSED to be backwards compatible with ATX12v systems.
Honestly guys, am I screwed? Is it at all possible to get this working on a board that needs a 5v? Or are they bullshiting me about this? Would putting all my components on a single 12v rail help in this situation?
And also, if I had gotten the good working version of this PSU, would it help things at all for my computer configuration? In otherwords, would persuing an RMA do anything to help my situation (assuming Antec agrees to send me another PSU)?
I know I am asking a lot of questions, but think they need to be clearly addressed, as I am sure there are many other people on this board with my situation; so thank you in advance.
Well it looks like I have found the answers to many of my questions
The Antec NeoHE 430 DOES work on my MSI Neo2 Platinum, despite what Antec told me. I just had to draw ATLEAST 1 amp from each of the 3 rails, like p-munkey alluded to (It wasnt clear to me on whether he meant all 3 rails or just 1 of the 12v rails). This is how i set my system up to fill in the 3 rails:
1st rail: Geforce 6800, which draws about 3 amps from what ive read
2st rail: the cpu, ram, soundcard, and motherboard was enough to fill atleast 1 amp
3st rail: hitachi 250gb Hard drive and dvdwriter was not enough to fill 1 amp, but when i attached the Antec tricool fan to it at medium, it was able to boot fine. I think adding an extra harddrive would also work.
This should help for those people who couldnt get the NeoHE to run on their computer because they were told that their motherboard "required" the -5v. I guess the morale of this story is, don't believe everything you hear from Antec tech support. First the about warranty label getting ripped during shipping and now this...