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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » POWER SUPPLIES » LOOKING TO BUY A POWER SUPPLY? LOOK HERE...
Subject: Looking to buy a Power Supply? Look here first!!
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THIS POST CONTAINS IN-DEPTH REVIEW LINKS FOR POWER SUPPLIES AS WELL AS GENERAL POWER SUPPLY INFO

Please refer to my two Power Supply Roundups / Reviews:

400W Budget PSU roundup:
http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.php?mode=showthread&forum=214&threadid=1296529&pagenumber=2&msgcount=53&subpage=1

500W-550W Budget PSU roundup:
http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.php?mode=showthread&forum=214&threadid=1308202&pagenumber=1&msgcount=29&subpage=1

Apex 460W & 600W PSU review:
http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.php?mode=showthread&forum=100&threadid=1322521&pagenumber=1&msgcount=9&subpage=1&product_id=23503

Mushkin XP650AP PSU Review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardwarecanuck-reviews/1013-mushkin-xp-650ap-w-pfc-power-supply-review.html

Silverstone Olympia 650W Review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardwarecanuck-reviews/1228-silverstone-olympia-650w-review.html

Ultra V-Series 400W & 500W Review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardwarecanuck-reviews/1464-ultra-v-series-400w-ultra-v-series-500w-power-supply-review.html

Silverstone Decathlon 650W Review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardwarecanuck-reviews/1547-silverstone-decathlon-650w-da650-power-supply-review.html

Ultra X-Pro EE 600W Review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardwarecanuck-reviews/1547-silverstone-decathlon-650w-da650-power-supply-review.html


Remember: NEVER undercut the money you spend on a power supply

After reading numerous articles and reviews about power supplies I have found there there are many websites out there that are sorely lacking with their power supply reviews. The problems is that proper equipment to test power supplies (O-scopes and whatnot) cost tons of money. DO NOT trust power supply reviews that only use a multimeter to test the PSU.

These following reviews are from websites that DO NOT skimp on their reviews and thoroughly test their PSUs. This way if you are looking for a power supply, you can skip all the "filler" reviews and read some that are done by true power supply professionals.

Before you start looking for a power supply it is good to know about the terms used:

VERY GOOD READ: WHY 99% OF POWER SUPPLY REVIEWS ARE WRONG:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/410

PSU TECHNOLOGIES EXPLAINED:
http://www.motherboards.org/articles/guides/1487_3.html
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5.html

PSU CONNECTORS EXPLAINED:
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html

The Wattage Breakdown

At this point in time the graphics card is usually the one thing in your computer that will gobble up the most power. As processors have been trending downwards with the amount of power they consume, the graphics cards keep taking more and more power. This is why you should look first and foremost at what kind of graphics card you are going to be powering before you look into purchasing a power supply.

Since graphics cards draw their power from the +12V rail(s) it is very important to look at that particular value for the PSU you are looking to buy. The power that a power supply can produce is listed as an “A” for amperage. Some power supplies have more than one +12V rail and will be labelled +12V1, +12V2 etc. and below each of these will be a corresponding output amperage. That value is how much a PSU can generate along that particular rail.

The CPU; Power Consumption Breakdown

Below are two charts measuring the approximate power consumption of most modern CPUs. This power is drawn from the overall wattage (or amperage if you like) of the +12V rails. Therefore, it (as well as the GPU consumption further along in this post) should be factored into your decision as to what you should be looking for in a power supply. If you want to know how I tested these values, you can find a complete rundown of my methods here:
[url]http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.php?mode=showthread&forum=214&threadid=1276063&pagenumber=0&msgcount=0&subpage=1 [/url]

On to the charts:





The Graphics Card; Power Consuption Breakdown

In modern computers, the graphics card is usually the one component that needs the most power. Below, you will see the power consumed (under load) for ALL modern graphics cards from ATI and Nvidia. I have compiled this with information from numerous sources as well as my own testing (with a 7600GT, X1900GT, 7900GTO and 7900GTX). Many websites list the wattages required for the WHOLE SYSTEM but this is a compilation of the power requirements of only the graphics card. This should go a long way to helping you make a decision for how powerful a PSU you will need.

Remember, a graphics card draws its power from the +12V rail(s) on a PSU. I have included the values in the charts in watts. In order to convert the watts to amps, remember this formula for +12V amps: Watts / 12 = Amps

Note: These wattages are for the stock version of each card and not any overclocked version.

ATI Graphics Cards:


Nvidia Graphics Cards:


Below I have listed all the newer graphics cards and what you should look for in a PSU when powering them.

Notes:
- The wattage (W) I have listed is the recommended TOTAL wattage of the power supply.
- The amperage (A) is the total recommended COMBINED amperage (A) of all the +12V rails
- All values are based on a typical dual-core system running 1 optical drive and 1 hard drive and 2Gb ram

*If you are planning to overclock your system add 50W and 2A to the values*

Nvidia:
7300-Series: 350W (18A)
7600GS: 350W (19A)
7600GT: 400W (18A)
7800GS: 400W (20A)
7800GT: 430W (21A)
7800GTX: 450W (22A)
7900GS: 430W (20A)
7900GT: 450W (22A)
7950GT: 450W (22A)
7900GTX: 450W (24A)
7950GX2: 500W (30A)
8800GTS: 450W (26A)
8800GTX: 500W (30A)

ATI
X1300-series: 300W (14A)
X1600Pro: 300W (15A)
X1600XT: 350W (20A)
X1650PRO: 350W (18A)
X1650XT: 400W (19A)
X1800GTO: 430W (20A)
X1800XL: 450W (22A)
X1800XT: 450W (22A)
X1900GT: 400W (22A)
X1900AIW: 460W (24A)
X1900XT (256MB): 500W (24A)
X1900XT (512MB): 500W (25A)
X1900XTX: 530W (28A)
X1950PRO: 430W (20A)
X1950XT: 500W (26A)
X1950XTX: 500W (30A)

There are numerous other factors that need to be taken into consideration such as Active PFC, rail distribution and efficiency but the above numbers cover the basics. If you want to know more about your chosen power supply, ask your questions on the forums and I will try to get you an answer.

Now we can move onto the reviews. Remember, all of these reviews are extremely in-depth so read through them if you are looking for a particular PSU. I will also list the name of the actual manufacturer for some reference as many companies use outside OEMs to make their PSUs.

Remember to double check the model number I provided with the unit you want to buy. In other words, don't assume all power supplies from a manufacturer are good after reading a glowing review of only one.

To find a particular PSU, press and hold Ctrl+F on your keyboard and search.

*Indicates a new review.
NCIX Link Indicates a link to the PSU on the NCIX.com site where you can buy it

A.C. Ryan Ryanpower2 CableFree ACR-PS2100 (550W)
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_2.html

Aerocool Zero-DBA (500W) Built By Andyson
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=16

Antec Earthwatts EA-500 (500W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=51
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=666663966&vpn=0761345-27500-2%20(EA500)&manufacture=Antec

Antec Neo HE 550 (550W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_5.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=16602&vpn=NEO%20HE550&manufacture=ANTEC

Antec Phantom 500 (500W) Built By Channel Well
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_7.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=106&type=expert
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=16642&vpn=PHANTOM%20500&manufacture=ANTEC

Antec TruePower 2.0 TPII-550 (550W) Built By Channel Well
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_10.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=33
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article712-page1.html

Antec True Power Trio TPIII-650 (650W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=12&page_num=1

* Aspire "Beast" 680W Built by Taiwan Youngyear
http://www.jonnyguru.com/PSU/Beast/

* Aspire Dark-Side 600W Built by Taiwan Youngyear
http://www.jonnyguru.com/PSU/DarkSide/

* Aspire X-Qpack 420W Built by Taiwan Youngyear
http://www.jonnyguru.com/PSU/AspireXQpack/420W.html

BFG BFGR650PSU (650W) Built By Topower
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=21
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21176&vpn=BFGR650WPSU&manufacture=BFG%20Technologies

* BFG BFGR1000WPSU (1000W) Built By Topower
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=361
http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTI5MCwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21178&vpn=BFGR1000WPSU&manufacture=BFG%20Technologies

CoolerMaster iGreen Power RS-600-ASAA (600W) Built By AcBel Polytech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_12.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=257&type=expert&pid=1
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21187&vpn=RS-600-ASAA&manufacture=Others

CoolerMaster RealPower RS-550-ACLY (550W) Built By AcBel Polytech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_4.html

Corsair CMPSU-620HX (620W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_14.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=32
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article692-page1.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=279
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19831&vpn=CMPSU-620HX&manufacture=CORSAIR

Corsair CMPSU-520HX (520W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=28
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article692-page1.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19832&vpn=CMPSU-520HX&manufacture=CORSAIR

Enermax Galaxy EGA1000EWL (1000W) Built By Enermax
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=25
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=310&type=expert&pid=1
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20522&vpn=EGA1000EWL%20&manufacture=ENERMAX

Enermax Liberty ELT620AWT (620W) Built By Enermax
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_3.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=17505&vpn=ELT620AWT%20&manufacture=ENERMAX

Enermax Noisetaker EG495P-VE(W) (485W) Built By Enermax
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=13569&vpn=EG495P-VE&manufacture=ENERMAX

ePower Xscale-1200 (1200W) Built By Topower
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=53

* Etasis ET850 (850W) Built By Etasis
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=50

Foxconn WinFast FA-550A (550W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_20.html

FSP ATX350F-C (350W) Built By FSP Group
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_10.html

FSP Epsilon FX700-GLN (700W) Built By FSP Group
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_5.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=16843&vpn=FX700-GLN&manufacture=FSP%20GROUP%20USA

High Power HPC-560-A12S (560W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu5_16.html

Hiper HPU-3S350 Built By Andyson
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/foxconn-hiper_4.html

Hiper Type R HPU-4M480 (480W) Built By Andyson
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/foxconn-hiper_6.html

Hiper Type R HPU-4B580 (580W) Built By Andyson
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/foxconn-hiper_8.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=26
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=15576&vpn=HPU-4B580&manufacture=HIPER

Hiper Type M HPU-4M530-PU V1 (530W) Built By Andyson
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6.html

In-Win IP-P300AJ2-0 (300W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_6.html

In-Win IP-P350AJ2-0 (350W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_6.html

In-Win IP-P410Q3-2 (410W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_8.html

In-Win IP-P460Q3-2 (460W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_8.html

In-Win IW-P430J2-0 (430W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_2.html

In-Win IW-P560A2-0 (560W) Built By In-Win
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/inwin-psu2_4.html

* Lian-Li HPC-600 (600W) Built by Sirtec
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article722-page1.html

* MAD DOG Multimedia MD-500SCPS (500W) Built by Super Flower
http://www.slcentral.com/mad-dog-multimedia-md-500scps/

MGE Magnum 500 (400W)
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_9.html

MGE Vigor 500 (500W) Built By WinTech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_12.html

Mushkin XP-650 (650W) Built By Topower
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_3.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18245&vpn=550100&manufacture=MUSHKIN

Mushkin HP-550 (550W) Built By Topower
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=31
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19508&vpn=550200&manufacture=MUSHKIN

OCZ EvoStream (600W) Built By 3Y Power
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=42
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/EvoStream600W/
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21102&vpn=OCZ600EVOSLI&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

OCZ GameXStream OCZGXS600 (600W) and OCZGXS700 (700W) Built By FSP Group
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_5.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=35
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/GameXStream700W/
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=333
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18184&vpn=OCZ600GXSSLI&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18185&vpn=OCZ700GXSSLI&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

* OCZ ProXstream 1000W OCZ1000PXS (1000W) Built by FSP, Designed by 3Y
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/ProXStream1000W/
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22114&vpn=OCZ1000PXS&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

* PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR (1000W) Built By Win-Tact
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=49
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21385&vpn=T1KWSR%20&manufacture=PC%20Power%20&%20Cooling

* Powmax Demon 580W Built By Leadman Electronics
http://www.slcentral.com/powmax-demon-580w-psu/

* Rosewill RP500-2 (500W) Built By ATNG Power Co.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=48

* RaidMax RX-520XP (520W) Built By Topower
http://www.slcentral.com/raidmax-rx-520xp-psu/page5.php

Seasonic M12 SS-700HM (700W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=13
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21076&vpn=SS-700HM&manufacture=Others

Seasonic S12 SS-500HT (500W) Built By Seasonic
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_7.html
NCIX Link: [url]http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=14427&vpn=S12-500HT-F3BLR&manufacture=Seasonic Electronics[/url]

Silverstone Element ST50EF-PLUS (500W) Built By Enhance Electronics
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=23
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=295&type=expert&pid=1
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20944&vpn=ST50EF-PLUS&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

* Silverstone Olympia OP650 (650W) Built By Enhance, Designed By Etasis
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=100
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22788&vpn=OP650&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

*Silverstone Olympia OP1000 (1000W) Built by SevenTeam
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=49
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22013&vpn=OP1000&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

Silverstone Strider ST56ZF (560W) Built By Enhance Electronics
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=30
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19644&vpn=SST-ST56F&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

Silverstone Strider ST75F (750W) Built By Enhance Electronics
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=43
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20861&vpn=ST75F&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

* SilverStone Strider ST85F (850W) Built by Enhance Electronics
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=101
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22285&vpn=ST85F&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF (650W) Built By Enhance Electronics
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_14.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19648&vpn=SST-ST65ZF&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

Silverstone Zeus ST75ZF (750W) Built By Etasis
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_9.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=36
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19649&vpn=SST-ST75ZF&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

Silverstone Zeus ST85ZF (850W) Built By Etasis
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=15
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_9.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=318&type=expert&pid=1
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19650&vpn=SST-ST85ZF&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

SinTek WIN550XSPX-X (500W) Built By WinTech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/psu-roundup_16.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=20

Sunbeamtech Nuuo Series SUNNU550-EUAP (550W) Built By Andyson
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_6.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=19

* Scythe Kamariki II 550W (500W) Built By Topower
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=54

Tagan EasyCon TG530-U15 (530W) Built By Topower
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=18&page_num=1

* Tagan EasyCon XL 700W Built By Topower
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article713-page1.html

Thermaltake PurePower HPC-420-102 DF (W0009, 420W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_3.html

Thermaltake PurePower 480APD Butterfly (W0020, 480W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_4.html

Thermaltake PurePower 560APD (W0023, 560W) Built By Seventeam Electronics
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_7.html

Thermaltake PurePower 680APD (W0049 rev. 1, 680W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_8.html

Thermaltake PurePower 680APD (W0049 rev. 2, 680W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_10.html

Thermaltake PurePower TWV500W-AP (W0057, 500W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_12.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=14713&vpn=W0057&manufacture=THERMALTAKE

Thermaltake PurePower 460AP (W0063, 460W) Built By HEC/Compucase
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_14.html

Thermaltake PurePower 460W-NP (W0068, 460W) Built By HEC/Compucase
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_15.html

Thermaltake PurePower P.S.T. 520W (W0073, 520W) Built By HEC/Compucase
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_19.html

Thermaltake PurePower 600AP (W0083, 600W) Built By Sirtec
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_21.html

Thermaltake XP480 (400W) Built By HEC/Compucase
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_17.html

Thermaltake TR2 XP550 NP (W0070, 430W) Built By HEC/Compucase
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_18.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=15489&vpn=W0070&manufacture=THERMALTAKE

Thermaltake TR2-500 PP (W0093, 500W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_23.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=16616&vpn=W0093&manufacture=THERMALTAKE

Thermaltake Toughpower 550 NP (W0097, 550W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_25.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Thermaltake/ToughPower550/

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Cable Management(W0116RU, 750W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=17

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W (W0117RU, 750W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=266&type=expert&pid=1
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18634&vpn=W0117RU&manufacture=THERMALTAKE

* Thermaltake Toughpower 850W Cable Management (W0131R, 850W) Built By Channel Well Technology
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=358
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21635&vpn=W0131R&manufacture=Others

Ultra Products X-Finity ULT-XF500 (500W) Built By Wintech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_9.html

Ultra Products X-Finity ULT-XF600 (600W) Built By Wintech
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_11.html
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=34

* Ultra Products X-Finity ULT-XF800G (800W) Built By Andyson
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=347

Ultra Products X-Pro 600W Built By Andyson
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=45&page_num=1
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article708-page1.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=347

* Ultra Products X-Pro 800W Built By Andyson
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=347

* Ultra Products XVS 600W Built By WinTech
http://techgage.com/article/ultra_xvs_600w_power_supply

Zalman ZM460B-APS (460W) Built By FSP Group
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_11.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=11365&vpn=ZM400B-APS&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH

Zalman ZM600-HP (600W) Built By FSP Group
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article688-page3.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=327
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=46
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21068&vpn=ZM600-HP&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH

Zippy Emacs GSM-6600P (600W) Built By Zippy
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=14
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20653&vpn=GSM-6600P(G1)&manufacture=Zippy%20Technology

Zippy Emacs HP2-6500PE (500W) Built By Zippy
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_13.html
NCIX Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20650&vpn=HP2-6500P(G1)&manufacture=Zippy%20Technology

Zippy Emacs PSM-6600PE (600W) Built By Zippy
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4_15.html

Zippy Emacs PSL-6720P(G1) (720W) and PSL-6850P(G1) (850W) Built by Zippy
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu6_13.html


Hope this helps some of you guys make a good decision. Read all the reviews, learn about power supply technology and compare a few before you buy.

Don't forget to check in regularly since I will be updating this regularly.

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Rui_H Nov 28, 2006 08:32 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Great post! +5

I see you're determined to become a PSU expert.

Also for Stacker users like me, and Silverstone TJ-07 and those cases which supports two PSU's, make sure you utilize it and maybe you could save some cash. Using a fanless and an older Enermax (26A on 12V) right now in mine. Going to dedicate one to a second-wave DirectX 10 card and the CPU, and will be running drives and motherboard off the other.

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SKYMTL Nov 28, 2006 08:38 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm actually aiming to increase EVERYONE'S knowledge about PSUs. I think having as much information about a product before you buy is key to making the right purchase. Its pretty depressing seeing people buying $70 power supplies to power $2000 of equipment. If I can help at least one person make the right decision, I'll be happy.

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Mr. Admiral~X~™ Nov 28, 2006 08:45 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Good to see someone else is choosing to talk about PSUs seriously

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Mark_S Nov 28, 2006 08:52 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Agreed. Good links btw and + 5 to you.
I'm personally picking up the Silverstone Zeus ST75ZF for it's great price to performance ratio

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Mr. Admiral~X~™ Nov 28, 2006 08:56 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Just stick around jonnyguru.com for all PSU related stuff, you can find all these reviews linked there as well

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SKYMTL Nov 28, 2006 09:01 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I am actually going to update the original post whenever there are any new, good reviews of PSUs out there.

The whole crop of "We hooked this PSU up to a 7900GTX SLI system and it ran it perfectly for a whole hour! Editor's Choice!!!" reviews do NOT constitute good reviews in my book so you will never see me linking one. The only reviews you will see me post are the fully-loaded, O-Scope reading, transistor analyzing ones.

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Glad to see you have changed

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All the jonnyguru reviews are linked at the bottom of the first post. In addition, Jonny has already complimented Xbitlabs for a great review roundup and good testing methods.

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SKYMTL, +5 again. You continue to amaze me. Great work!

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TehSocks Nov 28, 2006 02:00 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Also have you found any Nmedia reviews?

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SKYMTL Nov 28, 2006 03:15 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'll be buying an Nmedia tonight considering my Antec 450W took a shiite on me. Serves me right for lauding its robustness. I'm buying the Nmedia to use it and start a review myself. Then I'm probably going to a Zeus and donating the Nmedia to Jonnyguru.com to review.

Stupid Antec PSU.....

Good to see this is a sticky though.

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I was wondering what you were thinking about the Pc Power and Cooling Power supplies. They were the first to sell the 1kwatt psu, and the packaging they use for their power supplies is better than any other company... I could not see those anywhere in your links, even though they have a serious reputation for the only product they make, power supplies.

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I will of course be adding power supply review which include the PCP&C but I had to get on here for long enough to order a new PSU. OCZ GameXstream 700W...I just couldn't pass up the price. PCP&C make the best PSUs around.

Now I have to get off this computer as I've got a 7900GTO, OC'd X2 3800+ and 2 HDs running off of a modded 250W PS.

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sye Nov 28, 2006 05:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Wish I had read this before I bought my OCZ Gamestream 700W on sale.
Can't complain it for the price, but it might have issues if I push it beyond 600/650W.

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Killuminati Nov 28, 2006 07:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Amazing post + 5

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Toronto Nov 29, 2006 05:16 AM Reply | Bookmark
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SKYMTL said:



Can you report back on the noise factor on the Zeus. I'm looking for a power supply now as my Seasonic 500Watt just died.
Many of these highly rated power supplies such as the Zippy, Silverstone, and PCP&C seem to only offer noisy 80mm fans. Those with 120mm fans seem alot quieter.

I just can't see myself spending upwards of $200 for a noisy powersupply.

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SKYMTL Nov 29, 2006 05:25 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I didn't go with the Zeus. I picked up the OCZ GameXstream 700W mostly because of the price.

I'm working on updating the original post right now. I'm adding a bit more info and making it a bit easier to access.

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Silent Fox Nov 29, 2006 05:43 AM Reply | Bookmark
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sweet, your post made it to the sticky section.

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In case nobody has noticed, we created three new forum categories yesterday.

PSU Discussions
CPU Discussions
VGA Discussion

Once we get a coupole more things tweaked this post can be a sticky under PSU Discussions instead of the main area (as it would eventually have to be removed).

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Updated original post with more info and made it easier to read with listings under alphabetical order. More to be added soon.

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ggogeta Nov 29, 2006 09:52 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Nice post! Here are some points for you :)

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Must be nice to have all that time to assemble this information.(just jealous)

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Tony Y Nov 29, 2006 09:41 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks for the links, especially xbit and jonnyguru. I haven't been in the market for a power supply in a long time (over two years), and before I've been using silentpcreview as the site for most of my readings on power supplies. It's great to see these other sites so we can get second, or third opinions on the power supplies.

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logger Nov 30, 2006 03:32 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks alot for the Info. Good Stuff and Honest. I had an OCZ 520 powering an AMD Dual Core, 4800 with 2 gigs of OCZ Ram, Ati x1900xtx, 2 Raptors and a CD and DVD burners OC to 2600Mhz. Nothing but Cold Boot Problems. THe review sites said this 520 unit was more than enough to power this setup. Wrong.Wrong Wrong.

I bought OCZ 700 Gamestream, Cold Boot Gone. THose Ati x1900xtx love lots of extra power.

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To tell you the truth, I have been compiling that info for more than a week. I've been bringing it to the office (where I hardly have any time) and back home with me on a flash drive. Now its up and to add stuff to it will be realitively easy.

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Pho3n!x Nov 30, 2006 02:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have been recomending the OCZ GamerXStream 700W like crazy and I didnt even own one. I just bought one hoping to get it tomorrow. Ill give you guys and SKYMTL an update soon

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MrDisco Nov 30, 2006 11:11 PM Reply | Bookmark
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you should also include some other reviews aside from xbit. ie.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article676-page1.html
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article656-page1.html
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article670-page1.html

etc.

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Nice one SKY! +5 for the awesomeness!

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SKYMTL you are my hero

thanks so much!

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