Tuniq Potency 550W PSU
|Tuniq Potency 550W PSU|
|Info, Features and Specs|
|Inside the PSU and Test Setup|
|Testing the 550W Tuniq PSU|
While many readers of BCCHardware have some of the latest and greatest gear, there are probably many more readers that have mainstream hardware and don't need to power their systems with a 1000W PSU. Many computers are built with mainstream components and can run just fine on a mainstream PSU. Today we are taking a look at the Tuniq Potency 550W 80 PLUS SLI-Certified PSU to find out if it's solid enough to keep a mainstream system up and running. As usual, we'll be loading up this PSU and reading rail stability with a Digital Scope so you'll know exactly what you're getting. Let's jump right in!
Packaging & Bundle:
The Tuniq Potency 550W comes well packaged in a nice attractive box brandishing the 80 PLUS and SLI "Ready" logos. While the specs of this PSU state that it is SLI Certified, the sticker only claims to be SLI Ready - we'll explore that in more detail later. Although not pictured below, the box has the PSU specifications located on the back for the convenience of the consumer as well as a list of all the available connections on the PSU. This is handy for anyone shopping for a PSU as you won't get as many surprises when you open the box.
This 550W PSU is one of the smaller units we've seen for a while and though it is smaller is output, it maintains a standard ATX PSU size. It comes pretty well packaged and includes everything we've come to expect with a PSU. It includes a power cable, some screws and even some zip ties. Tuniq also throws in a Molex to SATA Y adapter if you need more than 4 SATA connections in your system.
Tuniq Potency 550W First Look:
This PSU has a pretty standard appearance for today's PSUs. It is cooled by a large 120mm fan that spins quite slow and is very quiet - near silent under all circumstances. We couldn't detect any additional noise to the system when we added this PSU. The backside has the traditional honeycomb grill over the entire unit. There is a power switch and the standard PSU cable connection. This PSU is auto switching and can operate between 100v and 240v so it should work in pretty much any country with "Hydro" (as they say out east).
Tuniq has opted out of the modular design and has all of the cables hardwired to the PSU. They are sleeved with nice flexible material and all of the leads are quite supple. When bundled up for shipping the cables look quite manageable, but when they are splayed out prior to installation, you get an idea of the rat's nest that has to be managed. This can be difficult in smaller cases and is why I love modular PSUs now more than ever.
Before we tear this Tuniq 550W Potency PSU apart, we'll take a look at some of the features and specifications of this PSU.