Installing the SMPS
The SMPS or the Switched Main Power Supply is the
power distributor to the components that go inside your cabinet and
sometimes to external devices also.
In this walkthrough we use a Frontech ATX P4 Power Supply. Our SMPS is rated at 300W which is the usual ones for
the ATX cabinets.
|After you unpack the SMPS untangle the wires
connected to it. You’ll find there 4-5 types of connectors attached to
the wires coming out of the device.
||The motherboard connector goes into
the main power input of the motherboard.
| A typical SMPS
will have several of these Molex power cable connectors. These are the
power sources for the
HDDs, CD/DVD RW/R drives. Some cabinets may have extra cooling fans to be
powered by one these.
||The floppy connector the power
source for the floppy drives and go into the power input port on the
|The other side of the SMPS has 2 power
sockets and a fan and stays out from the back of the cabinet. It has a fan built-in to blast out
the heat building inside. Always ensure that the fan is under smooth
Our SMPS has a
power input socket rated at 230V and 3A and an output socket rated at 230V
and 1.0A. This might be rated according to the area's power usage
specifications you bought it from.
| Screw up the SMPS to the cabinet.