Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 17

Thread: I found a use for a Q-tec

  1. #1
    Senior Member Pob255's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    The land of Brum
    Posts
    9,964
    Thanks
    580
    Thanked
    1,199 times in 1,102 posts
    • Pob255's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M5A99X EVO
      • CPU:
      • PhenomII x4 955 & CM Hyper 212+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 4gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz cas9
      • Storage:
      • 250gb SATA Westerndigital + 500gb samsung +1tb Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GTX560ti CuII
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet E9 680w
      • Case:
      • HAF 912+
      • Operating System:
      • W7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 21" ips something

    I found a use for a Q-tec

    Yes I was one of thoes suckers that fell for the big numbers and low price.

    A couple of years back when I realised that the PSU that came with my cheap case was to put it simply Crap, so I splashed out a whole £25 on a Q-tec 400w dual fan PSU
    In my defense it powered my AMD XP2400+, Epox motherboard and 6800LE fine, and at £20 I never fully trusted that 400w clame.
    But moveing up to my current ASrock & P4 D it couldn't hack it so I stuck it in my pile of "you never know" hardware

    Now at work we have been haveing a clear out and as I stripped down an old P2 266mhz server for any salvageable bits (we can always reuse 48x CDroms) I pulled out the two 120mm fans but the bareings are pritty much shot

    Then I noticed that the Cheiftech PSU was pritty new looking, however the connectors will not go on anything we have now.
    Out of curisoity I opened it up to see what they are like inside (they are decent PSUs and about half the size of normal ones so fit in our mini tower cases)
    Inside was some robust components, a couple of meaty heatsinks and a 80mm fan with a standard 3 pin connector.
    As my gf's pc really needed a case fan . . . It works a treat, the cable was a little short but it reached, it's very quiet and her stock hs&f has now stopped roaring.

    SO . . .

    That got me thinking and I attacked that old Q-tec with a screw driver.
    The net resault was:
    Two pink 80mm plastic fans, only 2 pin, however carefully removeing the guide lug with a scalpel and they connect to a 3pin motherboard connector and work a treat They are quite quiet, loudest fans in my case but only just.
    Also netted 2 wire fan covers.

    I'm currently undecided what to do with the rest of it, I'm thinking of enlargeing the hole for the bottom fan so I can stick on a 120mm fan I rescued from the server.
    I managed to get at the bareing, oil it and get it turning freely again. it's just noisy and not very good (doesn't push much air for the size and noise)
    Then keeping it as an emergency back up PSU as I know it can cope if I stick my old Geforce2MX card in.

    EDIT:Corrected spelling and english a bit
    Last edited by Pob255; 18-06-2007 at 10:26 PM.

  2. #2
    HEXUS.social member Agent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    19,159
    Thanks
    733
    Thanked
    1,605 times in 1,044 posts
    The only possible use for a Q-tec is a present for someone you hate
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

  3. #3
    No-one's Fanboi Thorsson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Neverneverland
    Posts
    2,749
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked
    93 times in 92 posts
    • Thorsson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570k
      • Memory:
      • 2x8Gb Corsair Vengeance PC1866
      • Storage:
      • 256M4 SSD; 2Tb 7200RPM Barracuda; 2Tb Linkstation
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX970 SC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX650
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Win10 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2515H
      • Internet:
      • Fibre Optic 30Mb
    Another one to avoid. Latest Shopper has a review of PSUs. The Sumvision Power X 500W exploded at 75% load. Hope no-one has one of these.

  4. #4
    Flat cap, Whippets, Cave. Clunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    11,056
    Thanks
    360
    Thanked
    725 times in 459 posts
    You could also use a few q-tecs for weighting down a bag of celebrities.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Pob255's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    The land of Brum
    Posts
    9,964
    Thanks
    580
    Thanked
    1,199 times in 1,102 posts
    • Pob255's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M5A99X EVO
      • CPU:
      • PhenomII x4 955 & CM Hyper 212+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 4gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz cas9
      • Storage:
      • 250gb SATA Westerndigital + 500gb samsung +1tb Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GTX560ti CuII
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet E9 680w
      • Case:
      • HAF 912+
      • Operating System:
      • W7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 21" ips something
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    The only possible use for a Q-tec is a present for someone you hate
    Not at all I've got two 80mm fans around 25-28dB and 2 fan guards.

    I'm not adviseing buying one, but if you have one or some other old unused PSU kicking about and are in need of a case fan or two then you might want to consider takeing a screwdriver to it

    I also opened up the 350w *cough* bull**** *cough* PSU that came with my case and it's actually worse than that Q-tec (it's about half the weight of the Q-tec and couldn't cope with the xp2400+ and gf2mx unless I under clocked it to 1500mhz) however that fan was soildered to the pcb

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    529
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    3 times in 3 posts
    Be careful when taking PSUs apart, as they can store quite a bit of charge.

    Anyway, certainly a good use for a Q-tec.
    Though if I was building a very budget system, I wouldn't have too much of a problem putting in a 600W Q-tec if I only needed 350-400W for the system.
    Asus Z170 Pro Gaming. i5-6500. 16gig Ripjaw 2400. Samsung 950pro NMVe 250gig+ 1tb Intel 660p. GTX Titan. Corsair TX650M.



    939 3800 X2 | 2gig corsairXMS 3200C2
    1950XT | 500gig,320,200,160
    Plextor DVD burner | Yamaha CRW-F1 CD-drive
    Thermaltake Xaser 3 w 480W FSP | X-fi fatal1ty

    Things have moved on since I first joined...

  7. #7
    Anthropomorphic Personification shaithis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    The Last Aerie
    Posts
    10,856
    Thanks
    645
    Thanked
    872 times in 736 posts
    • shaithis's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z77 WS
      • CPU:
      • i7 3770k @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 32GB HyperX 1866
      • Storage:
      • Lots!
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire Fury X
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850
      • Case:
      • Corsair 600T (White)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 x Dell 3007
      • Internet:
      • Zen 80Mb Fibre
    Just thought i'd chime in here and mention to people that the companies Q-Tec and Q-Technologies are different but still both make PSUs.

    The former are dire, the later are good and often used in HTPCs for their quiet operation
    Main PC: Asus Rampage IV Extreme / 3960X@4.5GHz / Antec H1200 Pro / 32GB DDR3-1866 Quad Channel / Sapphire Fury X / Areca 1680 / 850W EVGA SuperNOVA Gold 2 / Corsair 600T / 2x Dell 3007 / 4 x 250GB SSD + 2 x 80GB SSD / 4 x 1TB HDD (RAID 10) / Windows 10 Pro, Yosemite & Ubuntu
    HTPC: AsRock Z77 Pro 4 / 3770K@4.2GHz / 24GB / GTX 1080 / SST-LC20 / Antec TP-550 / Hisense 65k5510 4K TV / HTC Vive / 2 x 240GB SSD + 12TB HDD Space / Race Seat / Logitech G29 / Win 10 Pro
    HTPC2: Asus AM1I-A / 5150 / 4GB / Corsair Force 3 240GB / Silverstone SST-ML05B + ST30SF / Samsung UE60H6200 TV / Windows 10 Pro
    Spare/Loaner: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 / i950 / 12GB / HD7870 / Corsair 300R / Silverpower 700W modular
    NAS 1: HP N40L / 12GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Arrays || NAS 2: Dell PowerEdge T110 II / 24GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Hybrid arrays || Network:Buffalo WZR-1166DHP w/DD-WRT + HP ProCurve 1800-24G
    Laptop: Dell Precision 5510 Printer: HP CP1515n || Phone: Huawei P30 || Other: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Pro 10.1 CM14 / Playstation 4 + G29 + 2TB Hybrid drive

  8. #8
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky


    Eh?
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    367
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts
    use it as a paper weight..... or as a case for a mini-itx system

    http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/psu...ult.asp?page=3

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Bedfordshire
    Posts
    471
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked
    11 times in 11 posts
    • MarcLister's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5Q-E
      • CPU:
      • Intel C2Q9650
      • Memory:
      • 8GB
      • Storage:
      • Intel 160GB SSD / 1TB Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI 6700
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 800W MX
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • W7 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 x Dell U2410
      • Internet:
      • Sky Fibre
    I used to be a sinner by buying Q-Tec PSUs. No more though. Considering all the negative reviews of Q-Tec I've read I'm surprised they are still in business.

    I don't even keep a Q-Tec PSU for a spare nowadays, wouldn't trust it further than I could throw it. Actually I'm sure I could throw it a fair distance so forget the last comment.

  11. #11
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! MadduckUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lytham St. Annes
    Posts
    17,293
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,006 posts
    • MadduckUK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A88XM-PLUS
      • CPU:
      • AMD 860K @4.45
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4x4GB) PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • 1x240GB Sandisk Extreme / 3x500GB RAID0 / 3GB Backup
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon 7870XT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX750w
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Galdiator 600
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • DELL S2409W
      • Internet:
      • 3 One Plan

    Eh?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
    Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit
    Vodka

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    St Andrews
    Posts
    348
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    5 times in 5 posts
    • lost eden's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Abit IP35-E
      • CPU:
      • E7300 @ 3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 6GiB
      • Storage:
      • 3x 2TB Samsung F3EG + 160GB system disk
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8600GT
      • PSU:
      • 500W Antec Earthwatts
      • Case:
      • Antec Sonata III
      • Operating System:
      • 64-bit Archlinux
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2007WFP (a04 S-IPS) + Samsung 2043NX
    It's not necessarily that Q-tec's aren't the wattage they state, but they certainly won't have that wattage where it counts - on the 12v rail.

  13. #13
    HEXUS.social member Agent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    19,159
    Thanks
    733
    Thanked
    1,605 times in 1,044 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post

    Eh?
    Thats q-tek, not q-tec
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

  14. #14
    No-one's Fanboi Thorsson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Neverneverland
    Posts
    2,749
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked
    93 times in 92 posts
    • Thorsson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570k
      • Memory:
      • 2x8Gb Corsair Vengeance PC1866
      • Storage:
      • 256M4 SSD; 2Tb 7200RPM Barracuda; 2Tb Linkstation
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX970 SC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX650
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Win10 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2515H
      • Internet:
      • Fibre Optic 30Mb
    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    That got me thinking and I attacked that old Q-tec with a screw driver.
    The net resault was:
    Two pink 80mm plastic fans, only 2 pin, however carefully removeing the guide lug with a scalpel and they connect to a 3pin motherboard connector and work a treat They are quite quiet, loudest fans in my case but only just.
    Also netted 2 wire fan covers.
    Yeah, I did this a few months back when my Hiper R-580 burnt out. The fans are quite good, and the grills are very nice.

  15. #15
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! MadduckUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lytham St. Annes
    Posts
    17,293
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,006 posts
    • MadduckUK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A88XM-PLUS
      • CPU:
      • AMD 860K @4.45
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4x4GB) PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • 1x240GB Sandisk Extreme / 3x500GB RAID0 / 3GB Backup
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon 7870XT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX750w
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Galdiator 600
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • DELL S2409W
      • Internet:
      • 3 One Plan
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Thats q-tek, not q-tec
    i know i know.... was following on from q-tip
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
    Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit
    Vodka

  16. #16
    Flat cap, Whippets, Cave. Clunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    11,056
    Thanks
    360
    Thanked
    725 times in 459 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    q-tip
    Its Q-Tek.

    Youre thinking of the rapper.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Catalyst 7.5 out
    By kalniel in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-06-2007, 12:17 PM
  2. X-fi card not found
    By htid in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-03-2007, 06:02 PM
  3. Catalyst 7.1 released
    By kalniel in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 16-01-2007, 05:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •