High Power units may not be as well known as some of the heavyweight industry leaders, but we’ve seen the company come on strong of late. And the Astro 700W Platinum is proof of that, showcasing a solid combination of sleek styling, innovative features, and great performance. We loved the white dimpled fan, which not only looks excellent but also runs very quiet, even at heavy load.
From a feature standpoint, the unit is 80PLUS Platinum certified, which is at the top end of power efficiency these days. There aren’t many of these on the market, and it’s great to see one in the 700W range for someone who doesn’t need a monster of a power supply in the 1000W+ range and can’t afford to spend a fortune. We also love the innnovative Eagle Eye LED power indicator, which can be a real showoff feature at a LAN party, though we suspect the functionality is a bit suspect after the novelty wears off.
The flat cable modular design is excellent, allowing for a clean and stealthy case interior, with plenty of airflow. The glaring negative here, however, is the shorter cable length that wouldn’t suit any full tower case. It could be argued that most full towers would likely go with a power supply greater than 700W, but we don’t buy that premise, particularly with more efficient components these days. High Power got the hard-wired cable lengths right, so we’re a bit surprised the modular ones aren’t longer as well.
In terms of performance, the Astro 700W finished admirably well, with nominal movement on the rails in our voltage regulation testing, while the ripple results were also rather good. Not the best we’ve seen, but well within specification and nothing worrisome at all.
At this point, High Power hasn’t really penetrated the North American market in terms of e-tailers stocking these units. That’s unfortunate, as we think the Astro 700W Platinum is a solid unit that could be very much in demand if priced competitively as a strong alternative to more established and expensive options out there. High Power indicated to us they are currently work with distributors to make their products more widely available, but right now they are difficult to source. As for pricing, this unit retails for $180, which is rather attractive considering what you get here.
Other than the shorter cable lengths that can be a bit of an issue inside a full tower case, the High Power Astro 700W Platinum is a very solid power supply that deserves a closer look by consumers in the market for something sleek and innovative.
High Power Astro 700W Platinum