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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Seasonic for me also, or a 3rd party unit build by them as the OEM.
    I've had XFX, Antec, Corsair, and "self-branded" that were all Seasonic under the hood. Never had a significant problem worth mentioning.
    This. PSUs are like cases and monitors. The technology evolves fairly slowly meaning a good quality one should get you through a decade or more regardless of how many times you replace other components. Also like those it's in use the entire time your pc is active, so worth the investment!

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Not sure if I can name EVGA as they are not actually a manufacturer of PSUs but their ten year warranty and fast turn around on RMAs is great.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Hmm, another question without a single, simple objective answer. There are a number of very good manufacturers of ATX power supplies now, split into actual manufacturers and brands, and some in-between. Corsair for example, if I understand it correctly they do a lot of the engineering work short of actually manufacturing for some of their units now and contract out production to the likes of Flextronics, while other units are AFAIK essentially slightly modified off-the-shelf templates from other manufacturers, like some of their CWT stuff.

    Sticking to some of the more well-known manufacturers and the consumer market, ones that spring to mind include Delta, who are unquestionably one of the best in terms of engineering, build quality and performance, but I've not seen anything from them in the consumer market for a while - Antec were about the only major brand to sell Delta stuff but they're still huge in the OEM market.

    Super Flower are a notable manufacturer lately with their own brand and some from EVGA competing very favourably with established market leaders. However they're a smaller manufacturer and AFAIK do contract out manufacturing of some of their more budget-friendly stuff in order to meet demand, but on the same SF designs.

    Seasonic are a well-known brand but I don't hold them on a pedestal like some seem to - they're a good manufacturer but not the only one, and nor are the necessarily the best in a given segment. That's not to downplay them in any way, they have a track record of plenty of solid designs.

    CWT seem to have some consistently solid designs in the mainstream consumer market lately too.

    Also worth mentioning is Enermax who up until a few years ago had their own manufacturing facilities and had some very well-designed units, though at times build quality could have been a bit tidier from what I recall. Now they seem to have lost market presence and contract out manufacturing though.

    And plenty more besides are an excellent choice for a given set of requirements and budgets.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Right, that's it. Hexus is spying on me. are you Apple or something?

    I make decision to buy a new GPU and you ask which manufacturer makes the best. I calculate my new GPU would just push my 9 year old 620W Coolermaster PSU too far and you ask which manufacturer makes the best PSUs...

    This is scary. Stop it.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    Right, that's it. Hexus is spying on me. are you Apple or something?
    More likely to be Google as their business model is based on targeted advertising!
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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    More likely to be Google as their business model is based on targeted advertising!
    The Admin passing the buck to Google. Yeh right, you're the new NSA!

    Actually, interesting story on small companies spying... there was a call centre in Glasgow (I think, definitely Scotland) and they had the usual draconian rules. Permission needed to go to the toilet and time in there timed and recorded, etc. They had a cherry on top compared to other call centrers which was they had an office full of people whose job it was to collect the social media accounts including facebook, etc, dating, forums, etc of all their employees. Then, when they called in sick these people would access all the social media accounts to look for proof that they were lying. I know there have been cases of people being caught incidentally on social media because their boss was a friend of a friend who you tagged in a photo, etc but to have a department dedicated to this is just beyond mad.

    I think when this becomes a problem to the point where this department becomes financially viable it really does mean you have to closely examine how you're treating your staff. If so man of the staff are that stressed and miserable, you're doing it wrong. Also, I suppose this department is the best one to work in... who spies on the spies?! Time to pull a sickie!

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post
    Personally I don't worry to much as long as I buy from a decent brand and look up reviews of said PSU.

    Just avoid the cheap high wattage no name things.
    I've always looked at it this way: If the CPU is the equivalent of the brain and the motherboard is the equivalent of the nervous system, then the PSU is the equivalent of the heart. Who would knowingly cheap out on the heart?

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Last 2 psu's = Corsair & Be-Quiet. No problems and long life with both.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Does the best PSU include ones which come with a useable guarantee?

    I had a Corsair PSU which became faulty. They expected me to pay for postage to the Netherlands to get a replacement under warranty. I bought from them because I thought they were an honourable company. As a result, I am never buying PSUs from them again (the RAM sticks they sell are great IME), and I will not recommend or even suggest them to anyone who asks me about PC PSUs. Of course, I might have caught their customer support on a bad day, and they might have improved after 8 years, but with other PSU suppliers out there, there's no point for me taking a chance on them again.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    I'm going to have to check out Seasonic for my next build. Always used Corsair I believe.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Corsair plat psu, lifetime warranty, no brainer.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM2012 View Post
    Does the best PSU include ones which come with a useable guarantee?

    I had a Corsair PSU which became faulty. They expected me to pay for postage to the Netherlands to get a replacement under warranty. I bought from them because I thought they were an honourable company. As a result, I am never buying PSUs from them again (the RAM sticks they sell are great IME), and I will not recommend or even suggest them to anyone who asks me about PC PSUs. Of course, I might have caught their customer support on a bad day, and they might have improved after 8 years, but with other PSU suppliers out there, there's no point for me taking a chance on them again.
    That's a good point WRT usable warranties - it's not a whole lot of good if a company bangs on about its great 10 year guarantee, if you'd have to spend £50 in postage to send it overseas to get it checked. You'd be better off just buying a new one at that point, and I wonder if the companies intended that all along?

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    BeQuiet for me.

    They are quiet, solid, have great build quality and look better than most. All 3 personal PCs I've built so far have used them and none have gone wrong.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Draylax View Post
    BeQuiet for me.

    They are quiet, solid, have great build quality and look better than most. All 3 personal PCs I've built so far have used them and none have gone wrong.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes be quiet! PSUs. I love that the fan is entirely still 99% of the time and only spins up when you get some gaming going.

    I've got the Straight Power 11 650w.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    Seasonic if you read the benchmarks from REAL sites that do REAL testing. They win a LOT of stuff and used to be the base of PC Power and Cooling's great PSU's (everything 350w and up that is). But once they got bought, you have to keep checking what you're getting now per model. Not talking rebrands here, but rather straight up SEASONIC in their box. Line regulation etc is really good when stressed on seasonic stuff. I'm also talking above 500w, as I ignore everything below that anyway today.

    Sadly, most have no idea how a great PSU can make your pc time much better (and your room not so hot/noisy too). When my PC crashes, I can pretty much rule out the PSU instantly. I've never had one die yet from PCP&C (1 DOA back when I sold them as a reseller-but again, I don't buy them since they got bought) or Seasonic even after 7-10yrs on them. I literally give away the old ones still working, model after model for 3 decades. We only buy Seasonic these days until something changes. Most recent purchase was the 850w prime titanium ($140 when bought on sale IIRC). AWESOME PSU, so far No noise, cool, etc.

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    Re: QOTW: Who makes the best PSUs?

    You can also usually tell a quality PSU by it's weight! Comic, but ALMOST always true. There used to be a site that had them weighted, so you could see that before buying it. A quick google probably would turn them up, not sure if they still exist. IE, most of my PSU are above 6lb, even the lower models. If it doesn't weigh at least 5lb, just put it back

    Directron IIRC is the site with weights (ages ago, had a massive list), but many others look into this:
    http://www.cs.miami.edu/home/burt/le...notes/psu.html
    https://www.overclockers.com/forums/...171-PSU-weight
    Most of the links in the above overclockers.com thread lead to psu's with reviews from Jonnyguru.

    Great thread of psu's for investigation. You can learn a lot by reading people who've been judging psu's by trashing them to death The whole OC world has much to say about PSU's under stress.
    https://www.overclockers.com/forums/...-s-True-Tested

    Jonnyguru.com is probably one of the best sites for PSU reviews. IE here's the 850 titanium review:
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...tory6&reid=550
    The Good:
    mythic voltage regulation
    better than excellent ripple handling
    super high 20% load level efficiency
    tons of accessories
    12 year warranty

    The Bad:
    nothing

    Pretty much says it all, but worth reading WHY they are so good in the whole article.

    https://www.pcworld.com/article/2025...er-supply.html
    Another quote:
    "Larger, heavier units are preferable to puny, lightweight models. Higher-quality power supplies almost always use bigger and better capacitors, chokes, and other internal components, and they come outfitted with larger heatsinks for superior heat dissipation—all of which translates into more weight."

    Not an in depth article but pretty much the point; but of course reviews nail it down for sure. There are not many sites that have the proper equipment to test a PSU properly. Most can tell you they come on, fans are noisy at X watts, etc, but you need MORE than that especially if you intend to load the system up, or OC the heck out of it (or both?). That was just a quick google, dig further if needed

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