Spire Rocketeer III 500w Power Supply


Date 2006-09-08
Provider: Spire
Author: Niko Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala

Spire Rocketeer III 500w Power Supply

With today�s computer users installing more power-hungry components yet paying more attention to noise, power supply manufacturers struggle with conflicting demands: offer power supplies with more power yet keep them cooler and quieter then ever.Spire, known also for its cooling products, has developed a line of power supplies that claim to deliver high performance with silent operations.Today, we�ll look at one of their power supplies, the Rocketeer III 500W PSU.Let�s see if the Rocketeer lives up to these claims.

About Spire:

Founded in 1991, Spire is the premier brand for computer thermal solutions. In order to meet the needs of the global market, we have established the production facilities in China, our corporate office in the USA and overseas branches in The Netherlands, U.K., Germany, France, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. All are strategically located to better work with the customers we serve. The purpose built Spire factory and all of the products were approved by CE, UR, CSA, and TUV in 1998. We have gained AMD and VIA approvals along with recognition by International Standard Commission for Quality Assurance in 1999 against ISO-9002 and ISO-9001. (No.Q16437)

With today”s high-speed processors functioning at an unprecedented speed and output, the demand for better and more reliable cooling solutions has become one of the most important issues in the computer industry today. As a premier manufacturer of high quality cooling solutions, we are able to meet the demands of the computer industry by providing competitively priced products, next day delivery and lifetime warranty.

The reliability of our products has earned the loyalty of many well known manufacturers and distributors throughout the world and we have maintained close business ties with international names in the computer industry.

At Spire we continually strive to improve and develop a wide range of thermal products by investing heavily in our quality manufacturing process and Research & Development. Our objective is to provide top quality products for national distributors as well as for ODM and OEM clients. We are always moving forward with new and innovative thermal solutions.

This year we are continuing the ongoing enhancements of our current production machinery as well as purchasing new equipment in an effort to provide an ever improving product line. One of our latest machines enables us to balance our fan blades with a greater degree of accuracy. By balancing the blades more efficiently, we are able to extend the life of the bearing and reduce the overall noise of the fan. This technique also allows us to increase the speed of fans without increasing the noise.

Our focus is to build on the current success of the Spire brand so that our brand is recognized world wide as a provider of top quality cooling solutions. We will continue to work to maintain the satisfaction of our customers and share the knowledge of our experts to provide our customer’s with ‘The perfect cooling solution’.


Application:Intel ATX 2.01, ATX 12V Power Supply Design Guide Ver. 1.3
Voltage:100~120 Vac / 200~240 Vac (Select Switch)
Frequency: 47Hz ~ 63Hz
Current: 10.7 / 6.2 Amps
Hold-up Time: 16 ms
Nom. Power:500W
Max. Power: 520W
P.G. Signal: 100 ~ 500 ms
Voltage Protection:- 7.0V | +3.3V trip point 3.76V – 4.3V
Cooling:One (1) 120mm crystal blue silent LED fan
Noise Level: 21.0 dBA Max.
Dimensions:163mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 85mm (H)
Connectors:20+24pin ATX (Motherboard) x1 | 4-pin 12V (Motherboard) x1 | Multi-use x6 | SATA x4
Cables: ATX adapter x 1 | 4-pin (3IDE) / (1 Floppy) x 2 | 4-pin (HDD/VGA) x1 | 4-pin (3 IDE Multi-use) x1 | 15-pin (2 SATA) x2
MTBF: 300.000 hours
Warranty: 3 Year Limited Warranty
Safety Approvals: UL, FCC, CE, CSA, TUV

The product:

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The Rocketeer III 500W power supply (PSU) arrived in a sturdy cardboard box with a large picture of the unit on the front.The back of the package described the features and output rating of the PSU, emphasizing its silent operations.

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Opening up the package, the PSU can be found snugly wrapped in bubble wrap with the cables to one side of the package.Along with the power supply, the package contained four screws, a power cable, and some cable ties.The cable ties were a nice touch that is not typically found in many power supplies.

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