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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:22 PM

There are many, many threads here on Atomic regarding PSU recommendations.
I believe it would be useful to list Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s in one thread. This will be a work in progress and will change as new products hit the market.

The list is broken up into 3 categories and will list the PSU name and brand, OEM manufacturer if known, if it is a modular PSU, total amount of the 12v amps combined if available and how many 12v rails it has, links to reviews and starting prices. If a PSU has been tested by Atomic’s extreme Big Willy system it will be noted if it passed or failed. The list will be set out from lowest wattage to highest wattage for ease.

All reviews will only come from the following sites as they are the only ones that actually test PSU’s properly; Anandtech, Hardware Secrets, Jonnyguru and Silentpcreview.

All prices will be taken from Staticice and will use the lowest advertised price as this is probably the most widely used price search engine used in Australia. All prices are in Australian dollars.

Only PSU’s available in Australia will make the list and only those that have been reviewed buy one of the above mentioned sites.

Some PSU’s will fall into 2 categories. This is because of the wide variance between end user systems and their needs.

Most PSU’s have an UL number. This number will allow you to find out who the OEM manufacturer of a PSU is approx. 95% of the time.

To find a UL listing, look for the "Underwriters Recognized" logo (a backwards "R" attached to a "U") and find the "E" plus six digit number underneath it. You can than look this number up on UL's website http://tinyurl.com/ph6gp

OEM manufacturer info and UL numbers:

CWT = Channel Well Technology. UL# E161451
Enermax = Enermax Technology Corp UL# E134014
Enhance = Enhance Electronics Co Ltd. UL# E166947
FSP = FSP Group Inc. UL # E190414
Seasonic = Seasonic Electronics Co Ltd. UL # E104405
SPI = Sparkle Power International Ltd. UL # E161885
Delta Electronics = Delta Electronics Inc. UL# E131881 & E217431

Lastly I would like to thank tantryl for giving me input and advice on the information contained in the list and helping out with the more eye friendly format.

Edited by mohawk, 09 January 2010 - 05:42 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:23 PM

The new updated list,

The PSUs are listed in the following format:
Brand Model Wattage (Manufacturer) (xA, y)(A,J,H,S) cost (staticice link)

The second bracketed group details the the number of rails and 12v power output for each PSU, where x = the total sustainable output of the +12V rail(s) of the PSU and y = the quantity of +12V rails.
The third bracketed group are the links to the reviews for each PSU's where A = Anandtech, H = Hardwaresecrets, J = Jonnyguru and S = Silentpcreview.


Low to Mid-Range Systems:

• SilverStone ST45SF-G (SilverStone) (Modular) (Small form factor) (37A,1) (H) cost


Mid-Range to High End systems:

• Seasonic G-550w (SilverStone) (Modular) (45A,1) (H) cost
• FSP Raider 650w (FSP) (50A,1) (H) cost
• In Win GreenMe 650w (In Win) (54A,4) (H) cost
• Corsair GS700w (CWT) (58A,1) (H) cost
• Xigmatek Tauro 700w (Andyson) (58A,1) (H) cost
• In Win GreenMe 750w (In Win) (62A,4) (H) cost

High End to Extreme:

• Corsair GS700w (CWT) (58A,1) (H) cost
• Xigmatek Tauro 700w (Andyson) (58A,1) (H) cost
• In Win GreenMe 750w (In Win) (62A,4) (H) cost

Edited by mohawk, 04 December 2012 - 05:17 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:23 PM

The old List

Low to Mid-Range Systems:

• Zalman ZM360B-APS (SPI) (26A, 2)(H) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 380W (Seasonic) (27A, 2) cost
• Antec EarthWatts EA 380D Green 380W (?) (28A, 2) (A) cost
• SilverStone Nightjar 400 W (FSP) (27A) (H) cost
• Corsair CX400 (Seasonic) (30A, 1) (H,S) cost
• Seasonic X-400 Fanless (Seasonic) (Modular) (33A, 1) (H,J, S ) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 430W (Seasonic) (30A, 2) (A,S) cost
• Seasonic S12II 430W (Seasonic) (30A, 2) (A,S) cost
• Corsair VX450 (Seasonic) (33A, 1) (A,H,J,S) cost
• Seasonic X - Series 460W Fanless (Seasonic) (Modular) (38A, 1) (A) cost
• Silverstone ST50EF 500W (Enhance) (36A, 2) (J) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 500W (Seasonic) (34A, 2) (H,J) cost
• Enermax Tomahawk 500W (Enermax) (36A, 2) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM500-RS (FSP)(36A, 2) (H) cost
• Corsair HX520 (Seasonic)(Modular) (40A, 3) (J,S) cost
• Seasonic S12 II Bronze 520W (Seasonic) (40A, 2) (H,J) cost
• Enermax Modu82+ 525w (Enermax) (Modular) (40A, 3) (A) cost
• Corsair VX550 (CWT) (41A, 1) (J) cost
• Gigabyte ODIN GT 550W (CWT)(Modular) (41A, 4) (J) cost
• Huntkey Jumper 550W Modular (Modular) (41A, 4) (H) cost
• Scythe Kamariki 4 550W (?) (37.5A,2) (H) cost
• Seasonic S12 Energy Plus 550W (Seasonic) (41A, 4) (S) cost
• Seasonic X-Series 560W (Seasonic) (46A, 1) (H, J) cost


Mid-Range to High End systems:

• Zalman ZM360B-APS (SPI) (26A, 2) (H) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 380W (Seasonic) (27A, 2) cost
• Antec EarthWatts EA 380D Green 380W (?) (28A, 2) (A) cost
• SilverStone Nightjar 400 W (FSP) (27A) (H) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 430W (Seasonic) (30A, 2) (A,S) cost
• Seasonic S12II 430W (Seasonic) (30A, 2) (A,S) cost
• Corsair VX450 (Seasonic) (33A, 1) (A,H,J,S) cost
• Seasonic X - Series 460W Fanless (Seasonic) (Modular) (38A, 1) (A) cost
• Silverstone ST50EF 500W (Enhance) (36A, 2) (J) cost
• Antec EarthWatts 500W (Seasonic) (34A, 2) (H,J) cost
• Enermax Tomahawk 500W (Enermax) (36A, 2) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM500-RS (FSP)(36A, 2) (H) cost
• Corsair HX520 (Seasonic) (Modular) (40A, 3) (J,S) cost
• Seasonic S12 II Bronze 520W (Seasonic) (40A, 2) (H,J) cost
• Enermax Modu82+ 525w (Enermax) (Modular) (40A, 3) (A) cost
• Corsair VX550 (CWT) (41A, 1) (J) cost
• Gigabyte ODIN GT 550W (CWT) (Modular) (41A, 4) (J) cost
• Huntkey Jumper 550W Modular (Modular) (41A, 4) (H) cost
• Scythe Kamariki 4 550W (?) (37.5A,2) (H) cost
• Seasonic S12 Energy Plus 550W (Seasonic) (41A, 4) (S) cost
• Seasonic X-Series 560W (Seasonic) (46A, 1) (H, J) cost
• OCZ StealthXStream 600W (FSP) (48A, 4) (H) cost
• Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 (Enhance) (40A,1) (A,H) cost
• Zalman ZM600-HP 600W(SPI) (Modular)(42A, 4) (H,J,S) cost
• Corsair HX620 (Seasonic) (Modular) (50A, 3) (H,J,S) cost
• Enermax Liberty Eco 620W (Enermax) (Modular) (48A, 2) (J) cost
• Enermax Modu82+ 625w (Enermax) (Modular) (50A, 3) (A,S) cost
• Amacrox Free Style 650 W (FSP) (Modular) (52A, 4) (H) cost
• Asus U-65GA 650W (Delta) (45A, 3) (H) cost
• Antec True Power Trio 650W (Seasonic) (52A, 1) (J) cost
• Antec NeoPower Blue 650W (Seasonic) (Modular) (52A, 3) (J) cost
• Antec Earthwatts 650W (Delta) (45A, 3) (J) cost
• Antec Signature 650W (Delta) (Semi-Modular) (43A, 3) (A,J,S) cost
• Corsair TX650 (Seasonic) (52A, 1) (S) cost
• Enermax Infiniti 650W (Enermax) (Modular) (52A, 3) (A) cost
• Seasonic S12 Energy Plus 650W (Seasonic) (52A, 4) (S) cost
• Seasonic X-Series 650W (Seasonic) (Modular) (52A, 1) (H,J,S) cost
• InWin Commander 650W (CWT) (Modular) (52A, 4) (H) cost
• XFX 650 W XXX Edition (PC power & Cooling) (Modular) (52A, 1) (H,J) cost
• Coolermaster UCP 700W (AcBel Polytech) (52A,4) (J)cost
• OCZ Fatal1ty 700W (Impervio) (56A, 1) (H)(cost)
• Seasonic M12 700W (Seasonic) (Modular) (56A, 4) (J) cost
• Enermax Infiniti 720W (Enermax) (Modular) (56A, 3) (J) cost
• Antec Truepower New 750W (Seasonic) (Semi-Modular) (62A,4) (J) cost
• Antec Earthwatts 750W (Delta) (Semi-Modular) (56A, 4) (J) Cost
• Asus U-75HA 750W (Delta) (54, 4) (H) cost
• Corsair HX750 (CWT) (Modular) (62A, 1) (H), cost
• Corsair TX750 (CWT) (60A, 1) (Big Willy pass) (H,J) cost
• OCZ Fatal1ty 750W (Highpower) (Semi-Modular) (54A, 4) (H) cost
• Seasonic X-Series 750W (Seasonic) (Modular) (62A, 1) (A) cost
• Thermaltake Toughpower 750W (CWT) (Modular) (60A, 4) (J) cost
• Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W (CWT) (Modular) (60A, 1) (H, J) cost
• Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775W (CWT) (Modular) (64A, 1) (H) cost
• XFX 750W Black Edition (Seasonic) (Modular) (62A, 1) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM750-HP (FSP) (Modular) (60A, 4) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM770-XT (Enhance) (Modular) (60A, 4) (H) cost
• Gigabyte Odin GT 800 (CWT) (Modular) (62A, 4) (A) cost
• Antec TruePower Quattro 850W (Enhance) (Modular) (64A, 4) (H,J) cost
• Antec Signature 850W (Delta) (Semi-Modular) (65A, 4) (A,J) cost
• Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W (Enhance) (64A, 6) (H) cost
• Corsair AX850 (Seasonic) (Modular) (70A, 1) (J) cost
• Corsair HX850 (CWT) (Modular) (70A, 1) (H,J) cost
• Corsair TX850 (CWT) (70A, 1) (J) cost
• OCZ Z Series 850W (?) (Modular) (71A,1) (H,J) cost
• XFX 850 W Black Edition (Seasonic) (Modular) (70A, 1) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM850-HP (Enhance) (Modular) (60A, 6) (A) cost

High End to Extreme:

• Coolermaster UCP 700W (AcBel Polytech) (52A,4) (J)cost
• OCZ Fatal1ty 700W (Impervio) (56A, 1) (H)(cost)
• Seasonic M12 700W (Seasonic) (Modular) (56A, 4) (J) cost
• Enermax Infiniti 720W (Enermax) (Modular) (56A, 3) (J) cost
• Antec Truepower New 750W (Seasonic) (Semi-Modular) (62A,4) (J) cost
• Antec Earthwatts 750W (Delta) (Semi-Modular) (56A, 4) (J) Cost
• Asus U-75HA 750W (Delta) (54, 4) (H) cost
• Corsair HX750 (CWT) (Modular) (62A, 1) (H), cost
• Corsair TX750 (CWT) (60A, 1) (Big Willy pass) (H,J) cost
• OCZ Fatal1ty 750W (Highpower) (Semi-Modular) (54A, 4) (H) cost
• Seasonic X-Series 750W (Seasonic) (Modular) (62A, 1) (A) cost
• Thermaltake Toughpower 750W (CWT) (Modular) (60A, 4) (J) cost
• Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775W (CWT) (Modular) (64A, 1) (H) cost
• XFX 750 W Black Edition (Seasonic) (Modular) (62A, 1) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM750-HP (FSP) (Modular) (60A, 4) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM770-XT (Enhance) (Modular) (60A, 4) (H) cost
• Gigabyte Odin GT 800 (CWT) (Modular) (62A, 4) (A) cost
• Antec TruePower Quattro 850W (Enhance) (Modular) (64A, 4) (H,J) cost
• Antec Signature 850W (Delta) (Semi-Modular) (65A, 4) (A,J) cost
• Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W (Enhance) (64A, 6) (H) cost
• Corsair AX850 (Seasonic) (Modular) (70A, 1) (J) cost
• Corsair HX850 (CWT) (Modular) (70A, 1) (H,J) cost
• Corsair TX850 (CWT) (70A, 1) (J) cost
• OCZ Z Series 850W (?) (Modular) (71A,1) (H,J) cost
• XFX 850 W Black Edition (Seasonic) (Modular) (70A, 1) (H) cost
• Zalman ZM850-HP (Enhance) (Modular) (60A, 6) (A) cost
• Seasonic X900 (Seasonic) (72A, 4) (A) cost
• Corsair TX950 (CWT) (78A, 1) (H,J) cost
• Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 (FSP) (Modular) (80A,1) (J) cost
• Corsair HX1000 (CWT) (Modular) (80A, 2) (A,H,J) cost
• Zalman ZM1000-HP (Enhance) (Modular) (80A, 6) (A,S) cost
• Enermax Revolution 85+ High Efficiency 1050W (Enermax) (Modular) (87A,6) (A,J) cost
• Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W (Enhance) (Semi-Modular) (100A, 6) (A) cost
• Corsair AX1200 1200W (Flextronics) (Modular) (100A, 1) (J) cost


The PSU's found on this list are no longer listed on Staticice and therefore do not qualify to stay on the main list but will be moved to this list for reference purposes.

• Cooler Master Silent Pro M500 (Enhance)( Modular)(34A,1)(A)
• Silverstone Strider ST50F 500W (FSP) (36A, 2) (H)
• SilverStone Strider ST56F 560W(?)(40A, 2)(S)
• Silverstone Olympia OP650 (?)(54A, 1)(A,J)
• PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W (Seasonic)(60A)(A,H,J)
• Silverstone Olympia OP850 (?)(70A, 1)(A)

Edited by mohawk, 21 August 2012 - 12:09 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:23 PM

Why 99% of Power Supply Reviews Are Wrong. This is a must read great article from Hardware Secrets.

What is 80Plus Certification? Well Hardware secrets have a good article explaining how it works here.

This is another must read article from Hardware Secrets, Power Supplies With Fake 80 Plus Badges

The following article was originally posted by Dasa on page 2 of this thread.

This is a list of all the PSU's that have the 80Plus certification.

The following articles were originally posted by tantryl on page 2 of this thread.

An interesting review of the Cooler Master eXtreme 500W PSU - a fine example of why you should only buy and I prefer to only recommend PSUs that have been tested properly.


Another article for those interested in power supplies and practical power usage levels.

Here's the general gist of it though:

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That basically shows that a decent 600W PSU would be fine with an i7 + GTX 295 (similar to SLI'd GTX 260's or 280's) system and most people don't need any better than a decent 350Wer.

2 good articles about PSU's from Hardware Secrets.

Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies.

Everything You Need to Know About Power Supply Protections.

Another great review from Hardware Secrets about how a manufacturer labeled a 450 W power supply as a 750 W unit and dies during testing.

Edited by mohawk, 06 December 2010 - 04:27 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:22 PM

Great Job mate, I was waiting for this one :-)

I really like being able to refer to this thread when recommending a PSU to someone.

Cheers

Also, you can use the Link insertion tool so you don't have to display links - if you're interested at all.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:29 PM

Good to see this top thread back :)

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:20 PM

An idea for reformatting the review links with the new forum code.

You'll probably need to have an explanation as to what those links are. Or you might want to replace the words with simple "Review 1", "Review 2" or just "1", "2" etc.


Low to Mid-Range Systems:

• Zalman ZM360B-APS (SPI) (26A, 2) from $64.90 Secrets

*EDIT* List mostly removed since the OP has been updated.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:04 PM

FYI, Silverstone OEM is Seventeam. Also a recommendation for a list of 'above average' PSUs; basically a list of top recommendations (tier 1 units) of which would largely be made up of single rail PSUs. Such a list would contain Corsair TX series, Silverstone OP and DA series etc. Keep an eye out for a new range of Thermaltake ToughPower PSUs coming shortly; they should be the biz.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:32 PM

FYI, Silverstone OEM is Seventeam.


I don't believe this is true for every single model. Most of their better ones? Yes. All? I don't think so. But then again I'm feeling lazy and can't be bothered drumming up an example of one that isn't. We'd be better off relying on confirmation for each one, methinks.

*EDIT* I un-lazified myself. An example of a recent Silverstone PSU made by Impervio, not Seventeam, the DA700.

Also a recommendation for a list of 'above average' PSUs; basically a list of top recommendations (tier 1 units) of which would largely be made up of single rail PSUs. Such a list would contain Corsair TX series, Silverstone OP and DA series etc.


There are advantages and disadvantages to the single rail. The lack of balancing issues being the obvious benefit, the fact that if the +12V goes screwy it affects everything and the limited usefulness of the OP/OC/OV protection on the single +12V rail being the obvious detriments. There's no clear cut "this is better", although I'm sure there are plenty of people out there with the opinion one way or the other is. Personally, yes, I prefer a single rail. But my personal preference doesn't make it definitively better.

But the list shows how many +12V rails each PSU has already, so it's kind of a moot point.

In general I'd contend that everything on the list so far is "tier 1" in their power-rating division. Is there a single PSU on the list you wouldn't consider top notch?
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:25 PM

Glad to see Atomic Most Recommended PSU Thread back where it belongs. BTW Mohawk why do you have Mid-Range to High-End, and then High-End to extreme, and then basically list some of the same PSU's in both?

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:44 PM

I don't believe this is true for every single model. Most of their better ones? Yes. All? I don't think so. But then again I'm feeling lazy and can't be bothered drumming up an example of one that isn't. We'd be better off relying on confirmation for each one, methinks.

*EDIT* I un-lazified myself. An example of a recent Silverstone PSU made by Impervio, not Seventeam, the DA700.

Good point to raise as PSU manufacturers do change OEMs as new models are released within a range. So for clarification, the higher wattage units, i.e. 850W, 1000W, 1200W units from the DA and OP ranges are based on the Seventeam OEM design - that is unless they've been updated, heh.

Also worth mentioning at this point that while a manufacturer may use an OEM design, it does not mean that the manufacturer's model and the equivalent OEM model is the same. This is because the manufacturers make changes to everything from the length of the cables through to the choice of capacitors to use. One such example is the Corsair HX1000 has specially chosen capacitors (unfortunately father time has removed the rest of the specifics from my memory from my last trip to Corsair HQ - soz)

There are advantages and disadvantages to the single rail. The lack of balancing issues being the obvious benefit, the fact that if the +12V goes screwy it affects everything and the limited usefulness of the OP/OC/OV protection on the single +12V rail being the obvious detriments. There's no clear cut "this is better", although I'm sure there are plenty of people out there with the opinion one way or the other is. Personally, yes, I prefer a single rail. But my personal preference doesn't make it definitively better.

But the list shows how many +12V rails each PSU has already, so it's kind of a moot point.

Fair enough that the list, erm, lists, the number of rails. This is fine for those that are informed by the differences and influences of single rail vs multiple rail PSUs but sometimes people simply need to be told what's what so they can at least get their foot in the door for a good future choice.

My suggestion of a list of 'above average' PSUs lends itself to both giving an answer to the utterly uninformed, giving props to the vendors that are that cut above the rest and also for those wanting the unquestionably famed PSU. For example, my background for PSU choice comes down to being a benching enthusiast therefore I have an inclanation towards high amperage single rail solutions. If someone was looking to buy some kit to get into the benching scene there is a specific list of the 'it' PSUs for bench systems such as the Corsair TX750, Silverstone OP1000, Silverstone DA1200, PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W etc

In general I'd contend that everything on the list so far is "tier 1" in their power-rating division. Is there a single PSU on the list you wouldn't consider top notch?

Simple answer: Yes

Extended answer: I wouldn't use PSUs from the likes of Zalman (known to replace internal parts with cheaper alternatives; feel free to draw the conclusion on this one), a number of the Enermax units (specifically Infinity series), low wattage multiple rail units such as the Antec EarthWatch are also a unit to stay clear of (30A over 2 rails? No thanks) and even some of the larger wattage multiple rail units such as the Coolermaster Real Power Pro 1250W that has from memory 6 rails with half running 28A and the other half running 20A; hardly a beast compared to the single rail OP1000 and DA1200. But this is floating back towards a preference of both quality of parts within the unit and the quality in the design of the unit. In my day to day benching I use a Corsair TX750 and Silverstone OP1000 and have the Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W sit on the shelf as a backup because it has four rails rated for 20A on the two smaller rails and 36A on the two larger rails. The Tt unit only comes out when I'm benching extremely high frequencies and use the extra rails on the GPUs with a single unit supplying the ATX and EPS power as well as the HDD and fans - the next range of ToughPower units will be single rail.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:45 PM

Earthwatts are good for people who want a cheapish case and decent non generic psu to come with it so while im sure most decent rigs wont ever see the likes of them but they are great for busget systems ie: i have 2 low end systems for my mum and sister running earthwatts 380 and i can not fault them for the price.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:36 AM

In general I'd contend that everything on the list so far is "tier 1" in their power-rating division. Is there a single PSU on the list you wouldn't consider top notch?

Simple answer: Yes

Extended answer: I wouldn't use PSUs from the likes of Zalman (known to replace internal parts with cheaper alternatives; feel free to draw the conclusion on this one), a number of the Enermax units (specifically Infinity series), low wattage multiple rail units such as the Antec EarthWatch are also a unit to stay clear of (30A over 2 rails? No thanks)


I'm curious on the Zalman front, in what circumstances have they replaced components previously? A similar question with the Enermax Infinity... you didn't even list a reason you didn't like those. And your problem with the lower EarthWatts PSUs seems to simply be that they're lower wattage PSUs?

even some of the larger wattage multiple rail units such as the Coolermaster Real Power Pro 1250W that has from memory 6 rails with half running 28A and the other half running 20A; hardly a beast compared to the single rail OP1000 and DA1200. But this is floating back towards a preference of both quality of parts within the unit and the quality in the design of the unit. In my day to day benching I use a Corsair TX750 and Silverstone OP1000 and have the Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W sit on the shelf as a backup because it has four rails rated for 20A on the two smaller rails and 36A on the two larger rails. The Tt unit only comes out when I'm benching extremely high frequencies and use the extra rails on the GPUs with a single unit supplying the ATX and EPS power as well as the HDD and fans - the next range of ToughPower units will be single rail.


The single rail design has practical advantages in application. I said that already. You don't seem to have addressed the drawbacks at all, simply expanded on the positive I listed? I maintain it's a personal preference only thing, no definitive "it IS better".
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:34 PM

I wouldn't use PSUs from the likes of Zalman (known to replace internal parts with cheaper alternatives; feel free to draw the conclusion on this one)


Zalman's Power Supplies are made and manufactured by FSP-GROUP. And try and find a review on one of their power supplies that has got a bad rating, it will be a never ending challenge.

And as I understand, FSP-GROUP are a respected name in the electrical/power peripherals.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 01:35 PM

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 12:29 PM

I have reserved 2 posts for more info about PSU’s that I will add a later date.

@ FB - Thanks mate. Will be using the link insertion tool for the links.

@ bnew - Cheers mate.

@ tantryl - Love your review format lay out. I will get around to changing it over. :)

@ SC - To quote myself from the OP.

Some PSU’s will fall into 2 categories. This is because of the wide variance between end user systems and their needs.


@ moloko - Crap PSU's will never make the list only the good oil will make an appearance. Also when it comes to the OEM's you will notice that the OEM is listed for each particular model not brand as a lot of companies will use more than one OEM.

@ DutchAussie71 Thanks mate.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:30 PM

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#18 jokenno14

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 02:27 PM

I am not sure were to ask so sorry if this is in the wrong place. But I have just upgraded my computer and I want to know if my PSU that I have gotten not too long ago (a few weeks before the upgrade) will run fine. What I have now is: GA-X48-DS4 mobo pc 4870 E8600 simple tuner card 2 HD 1 DVD burner my PSU: HX620 Corsair. Which I believe is fine however I want to add a PC 4870PSC+ for crossfire. I will not be overclocking of any type and I will not be adding any additional things to the computer. I also don't expect the computer to be on for long extended periods. PLEASE tell me I don't have to buy a new PSU even though this one is brand new....I still have the box on my desk for crying out load :|. P.S. if you cant give me a answer can you direct me in the right direction? I have tried computer staff and they don't know so I don't know who to talk to or how to work it out myself. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 02:39 PM

Should be fine. CPU ~ 40W Board+HDDs+ODD+RAM+TV ~ 60-75W 1 x 4870 ~135W 2 x 4870 ~260W So in complete and utter full load conditions with crossfire'd 4870's you'd only be utilising around 60% of the PSUs capability. That being said I have no idea what a "PC 4870PSC+" is. I'm assuming you just mean two standard HD 4870 512MB's in crossfire. For future punters: Probably best to create your own thread to ask such questions.
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Posted 23 September 2008 - 09:33 PM

That's a PowerColor HD4870 PSC+, an overclocked version of the standard HD4870.
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