Chieftec A135 APS-550S Power Supply
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One of the few things i require from a power supply unit in order to review it is to be of high quality and targeted to the above average user. However since people keep asking me why i insist on mostly reviewing power supply units that cost a lot i have decided to take a small turn and make a review about a very cost effective unit which is not targeted to the enthusiast but rather to the entry level user who just wants something a little better than the cheap power supplies seen in the market. Chieftec is the manufacturer and the name of the unit in question is the APS-550S.
For the past 17 years, CHIEFTEC Industrial Co. Ltd. has been a world-wide renowned high-quality case manufacturer for the computer industry, servicing the global OEM, ODM and distributing (consumer) segments. With over 6000 employees world-wide and 3 different manufacturing plants, two of which are located in China and one in Taiwan, we cover the entire production scope beginning with the in-house R & D and ending with the final assembling. Our European branch office, ARENA ELECTRONIC GMBH, was founded in 1994 in Germany. To service our European customers with just-on-time deliveries and the highly professional technical and after-sales support that is required in times of today, we provide a 2500 square meter large warehouse and a team of 25 highly qualified professionals in Germany. Owing to our defined after-sales-service and logistic positioning, we convert your products to value-added ones...In this case you can trust!
Chieftec has only recently come aboard with their products and so far their Dragon PC Case made quite an impression to us. However the A135 series of power supplies unlike the Dragon are not targeted towards the Gamer / Enthusiast but mainly to the entry level users and as a result the end price is extremely low for a brand PSU. That aside the unit outputs a total of 550W has the basic 80plus certification, features Active PFC and it is not modular. Of course with just 550W as a total power output i would really be surprised if it was.