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HDPlex 400w HiFi DC-ATX – The Next Generation

With great excitement from the community, HDPlex launched the 400w HiFi DC-ATX power supply a short while back. Replacing the 300w unit that the community loved, this uprated unit adds that little extra “zing” for your system build. With a new design aesthetic, a change from the previous black and white colour scheme, this new 400 watt DC-DC power supply is an exciting addition to the DC-DC PSU world. There are two factions in the DC-DC world – the 12V designers and the “wide range” designers. One takes 12V in, and pumps out 12V, plus the other voltages needed. While …
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The DC-DC Solution, An Introduction

As part of a multi-part series, I will be discussing the brave new(ish) world of DC-DC power supplies, their advantages, disadvantages and the technology that powers the smallest of our systems. In the first article, I explain what DC-DC is, why it is a useful product, and run down a few of the more popular brands on the market. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] What? Using a ‘DC-DC PSU’ as your sole power supply just won’t work. For a system to run (generally), you need to take AC (alternating current) from your mains power, and convert it to the …
Editorial

12V Please, Simplify!

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are a regular series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. As the ATX specification evolved, and as component manufacturers changed designs and other components, we have slowly edged towards a 12v dominant world. The two heavy hitters in your system, the CPU and GPU, both utilise 12V inputs. There’s a good reason for this – they require higher amperage than the rest of your system. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] …
News

HDPLEX CES Update

Larry from HDPLEX is in Vegas attending CES and Drew, our man on the ground covering the show, was able to catch up with him and get some updates on the upcoming AC-DC and DC-ATX units. For those unaware of the company, HDPLEX develops a line of fanless cases plus the cooling and power solutions to make them feasible, along with accessories like an ultra-flexible PCIe extender. The “NanoATX” power supply line consists of internal AC-DC adapters (that take AC in and output 19V DC) and DC-ATX units that take 16-24V DC input and convert it to the various voltages and connectors need …