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    Exclamation Power supplies to avoid/generics

    Well seeing another thread here gave me an idea as to a guide as to what psus are well known for being generic/crap, feel free to add to the list

    Crappy generics that i've come across:


    A-Power
    AcBel Polytech
    Achieve
    Aerocool
    Allied
    Andyson Nuclear 850
    Antec HCG-900 (High Current Gamer 900W) OEM: Delta Electronics Inc.
    Apevia Turbolink ATX-TL450W-BK
    Apevia Warlock Power 900W
    Bestec
    Chiefmax
    Cleverpower
    Codegen
    Cooler Master *Higher percentage of junk than decent
    Cooler Master Elite Power 350 *OEM: Solytech
    Cooler Master Elite Power 460 *OEM: FSP
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 400 *OEM: AcBel Polytech
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500 *OEM: AcBel Polytech
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600 *OEM: Seventeam
    Cooler Master GX 650W OEM: Seventeam Electronics
    Cooler Master GX 750
    Coolmax
    Coolmax V-500
    Cougar A-Series 560
    Cougar RS 650
    Cougar CMX 700
    CWT
    Deer
    Demon
    Devanni
    Diablotek PHD650 650W
    Duro
    Dynapower
    Dynex DX-400WPS *Bestbuy junk
    E-power
    Eagle
    Enlight
    FSP Everest 700w
    FSP Everest 900W
    FSP Everest 1010w
    FSP Raider 750
    FuturePower
    Hairong
    HiPro
    Hyena
    Hiper Type R 580W
    Icute
    Inwin
    Kingwin
    JSP
    JustPC
    L&C
    Leadman
    Linkworld
    Lion
    Logic Concept
    Logisys PS350MA
    Logisys PS600A12
    Macron
    MGE
    Mustang
    Novia
    OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro *OEM: Sirtec
    OCZ ProXStream 1000 W *FSP
    OCZ ZT 650 *Great Wall, possibly quality control issues during manufacturing?
    Olympic
    Power-Up
    Powmax
    Q-TEC
    Raidmax
    Rhycom
    Rocketfish RF-700WPS Skyhawk *Bestbuy junk
    Seventeam
    Super Talent Atomic Juice PS-700
    Tagan BZ 1300W
    Thame Star
    Thermaltake Purepower 500
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750
    Topower 1000W Gold
    Turbo Links
    Ultra
    Ultra X4 850
    Ultra X4 1050
    Viomax
    Xigmatek NRP-MC851 OEM: CWT
    Xion PowerReal 700W
    VisionTek 700W
    Xigmatek NRP-MC1002 1000W
    Yahoima



    PSUs from reputable names that i've seen TOO much failures to be normal:

    Antec Truepower :
    430W version of this series, tens of failures in the last 2 or so years, not average imo

    Antec Smartpower :
    No matter wattage, i would immediately change this from any case i get with it. All of mine are dead and alot of my clients have been hurt from it as well, from simply not working to smoking up the place and carrying components with it or simply chirping to death.

    Adding Antec NEO to the list of failures.
    *Update: As of February 2008, still getting feedbacks of questionable Antec Neo HE 430 - Shinma


    Adding Hiper Type R 580W Modular to the list, 4 dead of 6 purchased in client pcs and a few forums have actually had threads with polls asking how many have exploded
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    It is better to be tried by 12, than carried by 6.

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    didnt leave much for addition there justin! good idea though, itll be nice to just throw a link out for the dreaded 'what psu' question

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    LOL

    Justin, I was wondering when you would get around to posting something like this. With the past few psu threads we saw I figured it would be long.

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    Did some digging on the net, added a few more. Geez theres ALOT of crap out there!
    R.I.P Rangeral, To one of HWC's best moderators and a great guy

    By the way, what does BTW stand for?

    It is better to be tried by 12, than carried by 6.

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    Wow, that's a scary list of scary bits. Q-Tec are particularly horrifying since they are relatively commonplace and adverise ludicrous specs for the money. Check out the bottom of this page from a Hexus PSU roundup:

    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=1359&page=25

    ...a Q-Tec 650W PSU drawing over a kilowatt of power and still falling way short of it's rated output!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuFu
    ...a Q-Tec 650W PSU drawing over a kilowatt of power and still falling way short of it's rated output!
    thats outright scary. all of that extra watts dont just sit there, thats straight heat. keep the batteries in the smoke alarms kids...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuFu
    Wow, that's a scary list of scary bits. Q-Tec are particularly horrifying since they are relatively commonplace and adverise ludicrous specs for the money. Check out the bottom of this page from a Hexus PSU roundup:

    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=1359&page=25

    ...a Q-Tec 650W PSU drawing over a kilowatt of power and still falling way short of it's rated output!
    Ha cheap psu but i bet you pay more for it after a month on the electric bill Then to replace it
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    By the way, what does BTW stand for?

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    Plus the insurance excess after it starts a house fire.

    Incidentally, Rys never did get any feedback from Q-Tec about it.

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    enlight good

    just to defend enlight, as i noticed it on the list there.

    i've been using enlight cases and their power supplies for many years; 300w and 350w and they are very good. they've handled anything i've thrown at them. i do however put in something more powerful if i'm putting in a high powered video card that requires the 6pin PCI-E connector, although i'm sure they could handle all but the extreme cards, like X850XT.
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    Unhappy Are All Antec PSU's bad??

    hi Justin,

    I was just planning on buying an Antec Truepower TPII-550

    Is this a good or bad one.

    If its bad can you point me to atleast a good manufacturer. Whatabout Aspire and thermalake.

    Thanks

    Dominic

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    They're not all bad, i'd even say much better than average but its just that i've seen too many dead or dying units for my liking, more than other top tier psu makers. I'd feel safer with PC power and cooling, FSP or an Enermax in my rigs. Thermaltake are 'ok and better than generic", not the best, same for Aspire.
    R.I.P Rangeral, To one of HWC's best moderators and a great guy

    By the way, what does BTW stand for?

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    I would take Enlight off the list. Their supplies used to be made by Enhance, a very good manufacturer, and now they're by Delta, an even better one.

    HiPro has long had decent quality.

    MGE and Ultra have changed suppliers. Only a few years ago MGE was very bad, but now and Ultra they both get most of their products from Wintech, which produces adequate but not outstanding supplies.

    CWT, Channel Well Technology, produces models of widely varying quality, and onliy those with part number suffixes of A/BS (AS or BS), A/BD, A/BSP, or A/BDP should be considered. These are, for all practical purposes, Antec Smartpowers and Truepowers.

    The true manufacturer can often be found from the Underwriters Labs registration number, located under the backward "R" followed by the "U" (means Recognized by UL), and looking it up in the UL online certifications directory

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    Just ordered one of THESE. Anyone know anything about them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The*Q*
    Just ordered one of THESE. Anyone know anything about them?
    It's probably made by Topower, meaning it's adequate but not outstanding and not worth any high price.

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    Got it for $89.00 shipped. Running it now and it is very stable, voltages are well within spec to the high side, and it's very cool and quiet. Time will tell about the durability, but it runs very very well.

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