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Old 03-07-2007, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Old Power supply Guide (2008)

Guide to buying a Power supply. Updated As Of: 6/4/2008
( Model or type ) after Brand will indicate specific models or comments.

High End Workstations or servers, (This includes Multi Proccessor stations, data/web Servers or Video Studios/workshops)
ABS Tagan (ITZ1300 1300w )
Antec (TruePower Quattro 850 Watt)
Cooler Master (Real Power Pro 1000 Watt)
Silver Power (GuardianX SP-1000E)
Super micro
EPower (Xscale 1200 Watt)
Hiper (Type R II 880W)
Enlight
Enhance
Corsair (HX1000W)
PC power and Cooling
OCZ (EliteXStream 1000w)
Zippy
Etasis
Enermax (Noisetaker and Galaxy Series)
Ultra (X3 1000 Watt)
XG/MGE (Duro 900 Watt)
Zumax (950 Watt X4)

High End Gaming Computers, ( This includes CrossFire, Sli, phase change cooling/Water Cooling and or Heavy overclocking of RAM,
CPU and Video Card(s) )

ABS Tagan (ITZ1300 1300w and BZ800 800w )
Antec (TruePower Quattro 850 Watt)
BeQuiet! (Dark Power Pro Models)
PC Power and cooling
Silverstone (Zeus models ST56ZF, ST75ZF, and ST85ZF)
Silver Power (GuardianX SP-1000E)
Seasonic (S-12, S-12E+, M-12 )
Corsair
Cooler Master (Real Power Pro 1000 Watt)
Etasis
Enhance
EPower (Xscale 1200 Watt)
Enermax (Infiniti 720W)
Enlight
NorthQ (Giant Connector 850W)
Gigabyte (Odin GT)
Hiper (Type R II 880W)
Zippy
Zumax (950 Watt X4)
Enermax (Noisetaker Series)
Thermaltake (Tough Power series only)
Xclio (850W, Enhance Buil, Stable And GreatPower Models)
Fortron (FSP)
OCZ Technologies (Excluding Early ModStream Models and GameStream 700 Watt Model)
Ultra (X3 Models Only, 1000 Watt)
Zalman (ZM600-HP)

High to Medium End Gaming or workstation PC's, (This includes High end video cards (Single) and moderate to high overclocking)
Antec
BeQuiet! (Dark Power Pro Models)
Enermax (NoiseTaker And Infiniti 720W)
OCZ Technology
Fortron (FSP)
Hiper (Type M and Type R Only, 670 and 730 Watts)
Seasonic
Sunbeam (NUUO 550W)
Silverstone
Gigabyte (Odin GT)
Rosewill (Xtreme Series, RD600N)
PC Power and Cooling
Corsair
I-Star
Tagan (Except EasyCon 530 Watt)
Sparkle
Enhance
ThermalTake (ToughPower Line Only)
Vantec
Xclio (850W, Enhance Built, Stable And GreatPower Models)
Ultra (X Finity, X3's Models, X Pro)
Mushkin (Excluding HP-550 Model)
NorthQ (Giant Connector 850W)
Coolermaster (Real Power Series only)
Fortron (FSP)
Zalman (ZM600-HP)

Medium to Low End Gaming machines.
Antec
AeroCool (Silver Line 550 Watt)
BeQuiet! (Dark Power Pro Models)
Enermax
Coolmax (Green Line and Taurus Series)
Ultra (X Finity, X3's Models, X Pro)
Hiper (Type R and Type M only)
HEC (AcePower 480W and WinPower 480w)
Mushkin (Excluding HP-550 Model)
Sunbeam (NUUO 550W)
Fortron (FSP)
Inwin (FSP Models Only)
CoolerMaster (Real Power Series Only)
OCZ Technologies
xClio (Stable And GreatPower Models)
Zalman ( ZM360B-APS)

Absolute Low End Builds or You're A Cheapskate.
ThermalTake
Fortron (FSP)
Coolmax (Green Line And Taurus Series)
Sunbeam
AOpen
AeroCool (Silver Line 550 Watt)
Enhance (ENP-5140GH)
Zalman (ZM360B-APS)
Nexus
Sparkle
Seventeam (ST-420BKV 420)
HEC (AcePower 480 Watt)
Rosewill
Inwin (FSP Models only)
Power-Man (FSP models only)
Raidmax (Topower and Tagan Models only)

The simple version: (Power supply brands will be listed From best to Acceptable in Desending order, Many brands will not be mentioned)
Super Micro
PC Power and cooling
Etasis
Zippy
Seasonic
Corsair
Silverstone (ST400)
Enhance
Coolermaster( High Wattage and Real Power Models Only)
OCZ Technologies
Tagan (Except EasyCon 530 Watt)
Enermax
Fortron (FSP)
Antec
Mushkin (Excluding HP-550 Model)
Hiper (Type R and Type M only)

Best Bang For Your Buck Honorable Mentions
Antec NeoPower 550Watt
AeroCool Silver Line 550 Watt
Corsair 450VX
Corsair 520HX
Enhance ENP-5140GH
Rosewill RP500-2
PC Power & Cooling Silencer (470 Watt)
COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500
SilverStone SST-ST60F
SILVERSTONE ST400
FSP Group FX600-GLN
FSP Group FX700-GLN
ENERMAX Noisetaker II EG701AX
XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 (550 Watt)

Ste's Picks
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 (All PC Power and Cooling Products as well, they all have long warranties..)
Corsair 520HX (520 Watt)
Enlight Sniper 5604724 (650 Watt)
SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT (550 Watt)
ETASIS ET750 (750 Watt)
SILVERSTONE SST-ST75ZF (750 watt)
OCZ StealthXStream (600 Watt)

Top Single 12V Railed Power Supplies
All PC Power And Cooling Power Supplies (They don't screw around..)
Silverstone (1200 Watt, 1000 Watt, 850 Watt, 800 Watt, 750 Watt, 650 Watt And 560 Watt)
Corsair (750TX, 650TX, 550VX And 450VX)
Rosewill (RP550)

Some things you never knew about PC Power & Cooling!!

Brands to Avoid
Achieve
Aerocool (Except Silver Line 550 Watt, For Only Low And Medium End Builds)
Allied
Apex
Arrow
Aspire
Austin
Apevia
BFG (800 Watt)
Codegen
Coolmax ( Except Green Line and Taurus Series)
Demon
Deer
Duro
Dynapower
Eagle
EagleTech
EPower (Except Xscale 1200 Watt)
Foxlink
Gigabyte (Except Odin GT)
Hercules
HEC ( Except AcePower 480W and WinPower 480W)
Hiper (Hiper Type-M 880w)
InWin ( Except FSP models)
JustPC
JEANTECH
Key Mouse
Kingwin
L&C
Logic
Linkworld
Macron Power
XG/MGE ( Except Duro 900Watt)
Mustang
NorthQ ( Except Giant Connector 850W)
OCZ Technologies (ModStream,ProXStream 1000Watt,GameStream 700Watt )
Okia
Power-Man ( Except FSP models)
Powmax
Power-Up
Powerstar
QMax
Qtec
q-tec
Raidmax ( Except Topower/Tagan models, not sold with cases)
RocketFish (700 Watt)
Silver Power (Except GuardianX SP-1000E)
SunBeam (Except NUUO Models)
Super Talent (Atomic Juice PS-700)
Tagan (EasyCon 530 Watt and TurboJet TG1100-U95)
TMP-ANS
Tsunami
Turbo
Turbolink
Thermaltake (Purepower 430W)
Ultra ( Except X Finity, X3 and X pro Models, Avoid 600w X3)
Zumax (Except 950 Watt X4)

Information consolodated and summarized from the following sources:
http://forums.overclockersclub.com/?...ckersclub.com/
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EXTREME Overclocking Forums - Learn To Overclock Your PC Hardware
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Tom's Hardware
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Coolermaster (High Wattage Models Only)
I would argue against the High Wattage models only.

All of the real power series (including 450W) are quite reliable. my 450W Cooler Master could handle my overclocked 4600+, and voltmodded 7950 GT quite stably.
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I would argue against the High Wattage models only.

All of the real power series (including 450W) are quite reliable. my 450W Cooler Master could handle my overclocked 4600+, and voltmodded 7950 GT quite stably.
My source on that was Bigred on Overclockers Club.

He said that through his experience that the higher end models are those that which haven't caused him or people he knew peoples...

He goes through alot of hardware for testing purposes. Hes a beta tester and recieves many components for free or reduced price.

He even had the ATI 2900 cards a month or so early for testing..

Not to say you had better experiences with them..

If it make you happy I could add coolermaster to the lower and medium builds..
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He said that through his experience that the higher end models are those that which haven't caused him or people he knew peoples...
the question is, how many of the same model did he test?

you can't discredit an entire range of a product because one person says they aren't quite as good, even if they do know what they're talking about.

I realise my experience is just one of many, but you can quite easily google some reviews for Cooler Master PSU's. The one's I've see rate them pretty high.
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As In I edited Original post to add Coolermaster..
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Absolute Low End Builds or You're A Cheapskate.
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Good work on the compilation of PSU's Ste
Might be good to mention also that some Proprietary PSU's arefairly robust as well.... my Shuttle's PSU is 300W and powering everything in my Sig (gaming computer).
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You spelt gaming wrong, like 2 times or so.
I sort of disagree with this a lot, I could recommend tons of PSU's from the "Medium to low end" that would do fine on a high end single or double card setup.
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All of the PSU's on this list came from trusted sources. It's not to say that the ones you think of WONT work but ones that you should be using from experience.

As he stated this isn't just his thoughts but come from trusted sites and I agree.
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