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Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W 500W Power Supply
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Manufacturer: Spire Power
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Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W 500W Power Supply
June 13, 2006

Remember when you just had to have a 300 Watt power supply to replace your standard 250 Watt power supply so you could overclock your 600MHz Intel Pentium III up to 1GHz? I may be dating myself, but I remember those days all too well and I remember when I finally got that P3 600 up to 1GHz I thought I had one mean rig.

Man have things changed; these days that 1GHz system would be considered a dog, and a 300 Watt power supply would not even begin to power up a modern system. It has become pretty obvious to today's computer enthusiast that a high Wattage, stable power supply is a must have item for power hungry systems. Besides a high power rating, we have also come to expect features such as modular cables, multiple (quiet) fans, and a nice looking finish on our power supplies.

We are going to be taking a look at a power supply designed to meet all those expectations and maybe a little bit more. The Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W offers us everything mentioned with support for dual PCI Express graphics cards, SATA, and support for both ATX and BTX form factor motherboards with a bonus of LED auto temperature speed fans with "Turbo Fan Control". It looks as if though we have a lot to look at in the Rocketeer V SP-500W so let's get right to it by checking out some of the published data.

Features (as taken from the Spire website):

Intel BTX 1.0a & ATX 1.3 / 2.01 Specification Compliant
Supports Intel Pentium 4, AMD Sempron and Athlon 64
EMI Shielded VGA/HDD Power Connector
Modular EZ-Cable Power Connectors
Two Blue LED Dual Ball Bearing fans
3 Speed Variable Fan Speed Auto-Control
Completely Silent 10.0 dBA up to 45C / 113F
I/O Short Circuit & Overload Protection
Two SATA Power Connectors
Thermo Reactive Cooling System
Green power energy star
3 Year Warranty

Specifications (as taken from the Spire website):

Application: Intel BTX 1.0a, ATX 2.01 ATX 12V Power Supply Design Guide Ver. 1.3
Voltage: 200~240 Vac / 100~120 Vac (Europe=Active PFC / USA=Select Switch)
Frequency:47Hz ~ 63Hz 10.0A for 100VAC / 6.0A for 240VAC
Current: +3.3V@28A; +5V@45A; +12V@26A; -12V@1.0A; -5V@0.8A;
Output: +5VSB@2.5A
Hold-up Time:16 ms
Nom. Power: 500W
Max. Power:550W
P.G. Signal:100 ~ 500 ms
Voltage Protection: Two (2) +12V trip point 13.4V - 15.6V | +5V trip point 5.74V - 7.0V | +3.3V trip point 3.76V - 4.3V


Our Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W arrived safely in a shipping box containing the retails box. Inside the retails box we have another box with all the modular cables and users guide, a bubble pack sleeve with the power supply, and a bag containing a power cord, mounting screws, 4 black tie wraps, and 5 Velcro tie wraps.

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