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HIPER Type-R HPU-4x480 Power Supply

Power Supply
8th December 2004
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Suddenly every company on the planet seems to have a power supply or three in the their product lineup. No doubt spurred on by the ever-increasing demands made by modern graphics cards and power-hungry hardware, the addition of such generally important, yet underrated component makes undoubted sense.

Sorting the wheat from the chaff is where things become a little cloudy though. Just because so many companies have power supplies in their catalogue doesn't automatically make them all worth buying. Though having said that, it is thankfully becoming increasingly difficult to buy a genuinely substandard power supply that doesn't come already pre-installed in a budget case.

As part of the Cooler Master group, Hiper presumably have their experience, marketing and technical resources to draw on if they need to. For the most part though it seems they're happy to operate as a separate entity, something I'm always glad to see. We all know what happens when you have too many chiefs and not enough indians.

Hiper have been selling power supplies for a while now, mostly they've been good quality but strictly functional units designed to work well rather than to do or be anything spectacular. The new Type-R range however breaks that trend with a trio of PSUs to suit those who expect good looks and good performance in equal measure.

Before we look at what they're all about, time for some specs:


HPU-4S480 is our fourth generation 14db true 480W PSU. It features: A single 120mm fan, 450mm multi-braided cables, PFC, gold plated pins, Operating manual in Ten languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Farsi, and Arabic), and Built-In SATA connectors.

• Mesh body design
• Complies with ATX 2.2 Standard
• Fully compatible with AMD 64 bit processors
• I/O short circuit & overload protection design
• PFC, Power Factor Correction
• 3-Years warranty (RTB)

Range of Input AC Voltage: 230V (200V - 265V)
Safety Certifications: UL, CUL, VDE, SEMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, FINKO & CB


Although most people don't want or need to be confused with the technical minutia, there seems to be an increasing trend for publishing nothing but the most basic of specifications for recent power supplies. While I appreciate most people want to know the maximum output in Watts and Amps, some of us would like to know about efficiency, ripple, hold-up time and the like and it can be difficult to make an informed judgement without them, even though they by no means represent the whole picture.

Anyway, on with the show, let's see what these new Type-R PSUs are all about.

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