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    Tagan PSU. Design Flaws

    Okay, so after many rave reviews, I bought one of these, what everyone failed to mention was 2 huge design flaws.

    The first is the motherboard power connector, it's not standard ATX, so comes with a hideous ATX adapter. This thing is the size of a small house, gets in the way, look like crap, probably prevents air flow around the CPU heatsink and is just plain stupid.

    Secondly, the cables come out of the left side of the PSU. That's right, unlike most PSU's where they come out the right, on the Tagan they're on the left. This means that if you're like me, and tuck the spare wires, etc down the back of the motherboard tray, you can't! Secondly, if you have a window in the side of your case, you now get to look at all the lovely wires. In close up. Unless, like me you do a little bit of creative work and adjust the PSU and case to allow it to be fit the oposite way round




    Just a warning to those considering the Tagan.

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    hmm glad I went ThermalTake This time, sure sounds like two fundamental things that really should have been mentioned.

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    I wouldnt call them huge design flaws. I was aware of the converter from reviews, but I cant say that what side the wires come out affects me all that much. Maybe it's because it's designed to be BTC compatible? Still, it does the business, which is all that concerns me.
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    Connector isnt that bad, the Aerocool PSU i have uses the connector and its easy to route out of the way in my system.
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    It's not easy, on say, an NF7. The connector is only a few inches long, the bloody huge adapter is in line with the CPU. As for the wires, well yes it's a pain, because on the right side it's easier to feed them down the back and out of the way, now you have to fiddle about.

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    With a bit of modding though couldn't you mount it upside down?
    I was considering getting a tagan, i only just put a window in my case, and it already looks a mess with my Suntek.
    What kinda noise does the Tagan actually make, is it really "ultra quiet"
    Another thing they forget to mention in most reviews is whether the fan speeds up at diff. temps, cuz this would affect noise

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    Yes, I modded it so i'ts upside down. What happens now though is the PSU doesn't rest in it's little cradle in the Lian Li, instead it's screwed very tightly to the back of the case, near the top, kinda just hanging (I.e, the only thing holding it there are the screws in the back of the case).

    Of course, there's still a crap load of wires now. I'll take pics when I get home.

    Oh, and as far as I can tell, it's very silent.

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    I have one in my PC60 and have the cables on the right (as you look at the front of the case) and it fits perfectly into my cradle in the case.

    Yes the connector is big but as someone pointed out it is BTX compatiable and a server PSU (24pin EATX connector).

    Just have to plan where you are going to put the cables not a design flaw at all!

    Its basically the same as a Power PC and Cooling PSU which cost $200 plus!
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    Don't know how yours went in with the cables on the right as it's designed the opposite way around


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    See I run my cables through a custom hole cut by the PSU that leads to the back of mobo tray. All cables bar one (for fan bus) go through that! Better than my old Hiper which bent cables across to get it in
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    For those saying they're not huge design flaws, well they are, they're completely unnecessary and common sense could have prevented them, do you want stupid people designing your hardware.

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    The designers of the Tagan company are some of the best in the business!

    IF they were design flaws why do they get rated so highly?


    If the wires went across the fan and blocked the intake then yes it would be but it doesn't!

    If you wouldn't buy the PSU because of this then I think its stupid! All the quality for peanuts and a PSU that is going to be future proof!
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    The adapter lets you run it on new boards.. BTX... Also WATX stuff.

    Also - mount it the other way round

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firelord-OCHW
    The designers of the Tagan company are some of the best in the business!

    IF they were design flaws why do they get rated so highly?
    [img]snip[/img]

    If the wires went across the fan and blocked the intake then yes it would be but it doesn't!

    If you wouldn't buy the PSU because of this then I think its stupid! All the quality for peanuts and a PSU that is going to be future proof!
    But if I had put it in the normal way, then fed the cables to the other side of the case and down the back of the motherboard tray, the wires would have been cutting across the fan intake.

    Secondly, I can't simply mount it upside down as the back of the Lian Li is cut to fit PSU's, ie, there's a large round bit where the fan fits and then a smaller rectangular bit where the power socket and on/off switch is, turning the PSU upside down won't work as the screw holes don't line up.

    Thinking about this is hurting my head, I'm wondering if I could have fit (was 2 in the morning when I installed it) the Tagan the opposite way around and still had it in the cradle. I think I'm going to have a long hard look when I get home.

    Although, even if I could, it might be better keeping it the way it is. Otherwise I'd have to feed the big horrible power cable and connector past the CPU.
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    I'd rather have the extended connector - because it would allow me to upgrade the motherboard without upgrading the psu - we're likely to see more of them as BTX comes in this year. The blame is more here on abit for putting the connector is such a stupid place (and lian li for putting in that rather silly PSU cage).

    On the PC60 you /can/ install the PSU the other way up (you need to insert the psu from the top or thorugh the side - not the back if you do this) and like Firelord - I have cut a hole in the side of this area to pull the cables through. Unfortunately the PC70 design is different - often the case with full towers, they put the PSU in half way down ( I suppose for nasty PSUs with short leads ).

    You could make yourself a new plate to fit on the back with the PSU at the bottom and the right way up, but personally I think it looks good where it is now - you just need a little more tubing for the leads.
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