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kenny_dope
Posts: 5,259
Registered: ‎06-30-2004

Unofficial PSU Ranking List (What's the best PSU to buy?)

[ Edited ]
Can't work out which brand of PSU to buy? Frustrated by having all those crappy 'Goldengrow' and Dell-branded PSUs crap out on you? I've been looking for one of these lists for a long time and just stumbled across this while browsing xtremesystems (all credit to perkam for this one, and hope they don't mind the blatant cut & paste :smileywink: )

dolynick added the PSUs from JonnyGuru's list of recommended PSUs as well and I have added them to this initial post



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Tier 1 can handle 4Ghz Conroe or 3Ghz AMD along with Oced Quad Crossfire/SLI With Ease.
Tier Z offers quality and power unequalled in its wattage range and is second only to other Zippy units.
Tier 2 offers almost as much power and stability as Tier 1 at Comparable Wattage levels with lower price/better availability.
Tier T offers the high quality components of Tier 2 with slightly less Rail stability due to Topower internals.
Tier 3 is ONLY Recommended if Price difference is present between Tier 3 and Tier 2 or due to availability issues with Tier 1/2 PSUs.
Tier 4 is recommended for stock or low power systems if Tier 3's are more expensive or are not available.
Tier 5 are NOT RECOMMENDED, but some brands have high/medium quality components in Tiers 2 through 4.

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Tier 1 Brands
- The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market
Enermax Galaxy
PCP&C TurboCool
PCP&C Silencer >610
Zippy/Emacs SSL
Zippy/Emacs GSM
Zippy/Emacs PSL
Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
Seventeam ST >600 (SSI, V2.91)
Silverstone OP/DA >700W

Tier Z - Less Powerful Than Tier 1 Zippy Units...but they're still Zippys
Zippy/Emacs HG2
Zippy/Emacs HP2

Tier 2 Brands
- Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
Antec Neo HE
Akasa PowerGreen 80+
CoolMax CTG-750W/850W/1KW
Cooltek CT
Corsair HX
Enermax Liberty
Enermax Infiniti
Enhance ENP-GH
Fortron (FSP) GLN
Hiper Type-M >650W
Hiper Type-R >650W
iStarUSA PD2
iStarUSA PD3
OCZ GameXStream
OCZ EvoStream
PCP&C Silencer <610
Seasonic S12
Seasonic M12
Seasonic Energy Plus
SevenTeam ST <600
Silverstone EF
Silverstone OP/DA <700W
Supermicro/AbleCom
Thermaltake Toughpower >600W
Xclio GreatPower
Zalman ZM
Ultra X3
Ultra X-Pro

Tier T - High Quality PSUs Made With Topower Internals - Less Rail Stability Compared To Tier 2 But Still Better than Tier 3
Mushkin Enhanced
Tagan U95
Tagan U25
Tagan U15
Tagan U22
OCZ PowerStream

Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands
Acbel Polycom
AMS Mercury
Akasa PaxPower
Akasa PowerPlus (>500W Models)
Antec Phantom
Antec TruePower III
Antec True Power II
Antec True Control II
Antec Neopower 480W (Old Model)
Antec Smart Power 2.0
Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
Channel Well
Enermax Maximum Plus
Enermax Noistaker II
Enermax Noisetaker
Enermax Whisper II
Enermax CoolerGiant
Enhance ENS-G
Epower Xscale
Fortron (FSP) GLC
Fortron (FSP) THN
Fortron AX
Fortron HLN
Fortron PFN/PN/PA
Seasonic Super Versatile
Silverstone F
Sparkle FSP
Spire Rocketeer V/VI
Sunbeam Nuuo
Thermaltake Purepower
Thermaltake Toughpower <600W

Tier 4 - Not Recommend With Tier 3 In same Price/Wattage Range
Aerocool
Asus Atlas
BFG
Coolermaster Real Power
Coolermaster iGreen
Delta
Enlight
E-Power
Futurepower
Hiper
HIPRO
Lite-On
Masscool
MGE XG
Mushkin HP
NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
OCZ Modstream
Scythe Kamariki
Sintek
Thermaltake TR2
TTGI/Superflower
Ultra Xfinity/X2

Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED
A-TOP Technology
APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
Aspire(Turbo Case)
ATADC
Athena Power
ATRIX
Broadway Com Corp
Cooler Master
Coolmax
Deer
Diablotek
Dynapower USA
EagleTech
FOXCONN
I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
In Win
JPAC COMPUTER
Just PC
Kingwin Inc.
Linkworld Electronics
Logisys Computer
MGE
MSI
NMEDIAPC
Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
NorthQ
NZXT
Powmax
Q-Tec
Raidmax
Rosewill
SFC
Shuttle
Skyhawk
Spire Coolers
Star Micro
STARTECH
TOPOWER TOP
Ultra X-Connect
Wintech
XClio
XION
YoungYear
Zebronics

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Phase III compensates for overcrowded Tier 1, while clumping together previously Tier 2 and 3 PSUs if only because no definite way to categorize then as good enough for Tier 2 or bad enough for Tier 3.

Jonnyguru's PSU Recommendations for High End Gaming PC's 

This
tier breakdown cannot be compared to the other lists as these are high
end PSUs only.  All of them are good, this is more of an ordering of a
"best of the best" type.

Tier 1:

PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool product line
  • Built like a server PSU, but with the home user also in mind
  • Zero ripple
  • Louder than a leaf blower
  • 1kW is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 1kW is Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 850W is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
Etasis Gaming Power product line
  • Server grade
  • Fairly quiet for PSU's with 80MM fans
  • ET-750 and ET-850 are both 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Silverstone Zeus and Nightjar product line
  • Based on Etasis units, a company known for server grade PSU's
  • Not very loud, even when outfitted with 80MM fans.
  • Often sleeved cables, etc. Geared more towards the enthusiast than other server grade PSU's.
  • ST85ZF is Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • ST75ZF is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • ST56ZF is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Zippy GSM and PSL product line
  • Typically server power supplies and can be loud
  • PSL model has 40MM fan which has a high pitched sound when running
  • There
    is a "gaming" product line that offers all of the necessary connectors
    for almost any high end gaming rig, a nicer finish and has a much
    quieter fan than the server models.
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • PSL-6850P(G1) is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty

Tier 2:

Enermax Galaxy product line
  • Lots of power
  • Semi-Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Very efficient
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Enermax Infiniti product line
  • Semi-Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Very efficient
  • Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 80 Plus certified
  • 3 year warranty
Andyson's server line (recognized by dual 80MM fans) and high-efficiency line (recognized by single 130MM fan.)
  • Extremely affordable
  • Solid performance and quality components
  • High efficiency models are 84% typical and very quiet
  • Not commonly found in U.S. or E.U.
  • End user warranty unknown
Hiper Type-M 670 and 730W and Type-R 730W
  • Based on server grade Andyson AD-800 units
  • 3 year warranty
Ultra X-Finity and X-Pro 800W
  • Based on server grade Andyson AD-800 units
  • 3 year warranty/Lifetime with product registration
Ultra X3 800W & 1000W
  • Based on Andyson AD-800
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Cooled w/ 135MM fan
  • 3 year warranty/Lifetime with product registration
Silverstone Olympia OP1000
  • Uses SevenTeam 1kW server platform
  • Very stable power
  • 80A continuous power on a single 12V rail
  • Single, rear mounted 80MM fan can be loud
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W & 1200W product line
  • Built by CWT, but without all of the Fuhjyyu capacitors
  • Capable of outputing nearly 100% of it's capability on the +12V rail
  • Very efficient
  • Cooled w/ 140MM fan
  • Modular
  • 5 year warranty

Tier 3:

Silverstone Olympia OP650, OP750 & OP850 and Decathalon DA650, DA750 & DA850
  • Design by Impervio Electronics Co.
  • Built in Taiwan
  • Quiet and efficient
Antec True Power Quattro product lines
  • Built by Enhance
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient at loads > 20%
  • Very quiet, despite the 80MM fan solution
  • Modular
  • Fully sleeved cables
  • HD2900 XT Crossfire certified
  • 3 year warranty
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W
  • Built by Enhance
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • Fully sleeved cables
  • 8800 Ultra SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
Seasonic S12 and M12 product lines
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • M12 series is modular
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • S12 650W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Corsair product line
  • Based on same platform and component quality as Seasonic S/M12
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • Modular
  • HX620W is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
PC Power and Cooling Silencer product line
  • Based on same platform and component quality as Seasonic S/M12
  • 750W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Coolmax Greenpower product line
  • Based on ATNG server platform
  • A little on the loud side
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 3 year warranty
SevenTeam SSI EPS 12V 2.91 Series and "Fanless" product lines
  • Strong regulation
  • Efficient and quiet, despite being based on a server platform
  • Good price, but rarely available in the U.S.
  • 2 year warranty
MGE/XG Duro and Magnum
  • Based on SevenTeam's higher end units
  • Lifetime Warranty

Tier 4:

Enhance products up to 750W
  • Efficient and quiet
  • Very affordable
  • Often does not come with sleeved cables
  • Only 1 year warranty
Silverstone Element product line and Strider ST60F and ST75F product
  • Based on Enhance's higher end products
  • 3 year warranty on PSU's > 500W. All others are only 1 year warranty
Xclio Stablepower product line
  • Based on Enhance's ENP 850W and 1000W products
  • Cooled by quieter 140MM fan (as opposed to pair of 80's)
  • 2 year warranty
Antec Trio/NeoHE/EarthWatts product line
  • Built by Seasonic, but not the same build quality as above Seasonics
  • NeoHE is modular
  • Trio 650W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • NeoHE 550W is X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 5 year warranty
FSP Epsilon product line
  • Compact size
  • Fairly efficient and quiet
  • Notable ripple issue
  • Inexpensive
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 700W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
OCZ GameXstrem product line
  • Based on FSP Epsilon mentioned above
  • 3 year warranty
AOpen AO700-ALN
  • Based on FSP Epsilon mentioned above
  • Only 1 year warranty
Thermaltake Toughpower < 1000W product line
  • Built by CWT, but without all of the Fuhjyyu capacitors
  • 550W is X1800/X850/X800 Crossfire certified
  • 600W, 700W and 750W are X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified and 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 750W is modular
  • 5 year warranty
Xclio GreatPower product line
  • Supposedly same construction as Toughpower (??? need confirmation)
  • 650W, 700W and 750W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 2 year warranty
Enermax Liberty 620W
  • Excellent voltage regulation
  • Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • Only 1 year warranty
  • Bumped down to tier 4 due to a number of reports of failure in the line of duty

Jonnyguru's Recommended Sub-$150, high-efficiency PSU's 

Listings of good quality power supplies in the lower price brackets.

Criteria:

At least 30A on the combined +12V rail
Confirmed 80% and better efficiency

Prices last updated 09/22/2007

High efficiency, suitable for SLI/Crossfire:


Antec EarthWatts 500W $72.93 @ J&R
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have two +12V rails, but actually only has one (34A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Antec True Power Trio 550W $83.50 @ Provantage

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (42A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Antec True Power Trio 650W $97.49 @ Provantage

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (52A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair HX520W $99.69 @ Provantage

  • Modular
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (40A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair HX620W $149.99 @ Buy.com

  • Modular
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (50A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair VX550W $90.99 @ ZipZoomFly (Free Shipping!)

  • Channel Well OEM
  • Single +12V rail (41A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Seasonic M12 500W $120.00 @ eWiz

  • Modular
  • Claims to have four +12V rails, but actually only has one (38A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Seasonic S12 650W $139.99 @ XPCGear

  • Has four +12V rails (52A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Cooler Master iGreen RS-600-ASAA $98.99 @ Sundial Micro

  • Acbel Polytech OEM
  • Three +12V rails (38A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Ultra X-Pro EE 600W $97.99 @ ZipZoomFly (Free Shipping!)

  • Andyson OEM
  • Single +12V rail (36A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Ultra X-Finity EE 600W $99.99 @ TigerDirect

  • Andyson OEM
  • Single +12V rail (36A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

SilverStone Olympia OP650 $128.00 @ PC Extreme

  • Single +12V rail (54A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Silverstone Olympia OP750 $159 @ PC Extreme

  • Single +12V rail (60A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Zalman ZM600-HP $119 @ Directron

  • FSP OEM
  • Four +12V rails (42A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

High efficiency, but not recommended for higher end SLI/Crossfire due to 240VA limited rails and/or low combined +12V:

Corsair VX450W $72.64 @ Buy.com

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Single +12V rail (33A)

Enhance ENP-5150GH $67.00 @ eWiz

  • Has two +12V rails (18A each, 36A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card

SilverStone Element ST50EF-Plus $80.75 @ Deadeye Data
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  • Enhance OEM
  • Has two +12V rails (18A each, 36A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card

Cooler Master iGreen RS-500-ASAA $79.99 @ XPCGear

  • Acbel Polytech OEM
  • Has three +12V rails (6A, 13A, 14A, 33A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card




Message Edited by kenny_dope on 12-23-2007 02:16 AM
AMD X2+ 560 (DeepCool 300)
ASRock 970 Extreme 4
12Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600
120Gb OCZ Agility 3
2x 2Tb WD Caviar Green
ATI Radeon HD4830
CM Silent Pro 600W
Lian Li A05-FNB
Dell 2407WFP
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AcydRaine
Posts: 10,969
Registered: ‎07-12-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Very nice list. I will be checking this out when I upgrade PSU after Xmas.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.8ghz
Zalman CNPS9500LED
Asus 890GX Pro
2x2gb OCZ Gold DDR3-8500 (changing this out soon!!! Got it for 50$ though so I had to.
XFX HD 5770 @ 950/1250
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Vizio 42" 1080p LCD
XBL - XxAcydRaynexX / PSN - AcydRaine Add me fools!!
Pathfinder
Transco901
Posts: 5,076
Registered: ‎07-29-2006

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Yea nice list, looks like I made it to Tier 2.

Airborne Ranger
kenny_dope
Posts: 5,259
Registered: ‎06-30-2004

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Tier 3 for me. Doh. Ah well, I just found a place here in Hong Kong that stocks Seasonic, Enermax, Swiftech, Koolance, PC P & Cooling and XFX (with eVGA soon to come!)....looks like things are looking up here in terms of hardware availability :smileyhappy:
AMD X2+ 560 (DeepCool 300)
ASRock 970 Extreme 4
12Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600
120Gb OCZ Agility 3
2x 2Tb WD Caviar Green
ATI Radeon HD4830
CM Silent Pro 600W
Lian Li A05-FNB
Dell 2407WFP
Black Ops
jwhx
Posts: 12,487
Registered: ‎03-02-2004

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Seems I'm in tier 3 also. Oh well, my smartpower is about to get replaced anyway.
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Shock Trooper
chemgeek
Posts: 8,669
Registered: ‎01-20-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Anyone who buys a Tier 1 PSU please call me up and I will come over punch you in the face. 
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AcydRaine
Posts: 10,969
Registered: ‎07-12-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Wow, how are the Ultra X-Connects so shitty, and the X and X-Pro so good. Odd...
AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.8ghz
Zalman CNPS9500LED
Asus 890GX Pro
2x2gb OCZ Gold DDR3-8500 (changing this out soon!!! Got it for 50$ though so I had to.
XFX HD 5770 @ 950/1250
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Vizio 42" 1080p LCD
XBL - XxAcydRaynexX / PSN - AcydRaine Add me fools!!
Black Ops
Bowhunters
Posts: 10,372
Registered: ‎01-17-2004

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


chemgeek wrote:
Anyone who buys a Tier 1 PSU please call me up and I will come over punch you in the face. 
Hahahahahahaha!

If you read a few pages into that thread you'll see where its not based on tests or even inspection of PSU's to see which are made out of stronger or higher quality materials.

That list is based on which ones the members of that forum personaly like and little else from what i've read, watching them add and move PSU's from Tier to Tier based on a person's experience with a particular PSU proves its not based on testing, just personnal experiences.

I'm not saying that some of their Tier placements aren't dead on accurate, i'm just saying its a happy list, not a scientific one.

11 Bay InWin Q500 Tower - Antec Tru Power Trio 650 PSU - 3 Case Fans - ASUS P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi AP - Intel E6600 - 4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 - EVGA GTX260 216 - Creative Labs Audigy2 ZS - 2ea 400GB Seagate SATA300 HD's - NEC 3550A DVD-DL - Toshiba Floppy - Pinnacle AV/DV Deluxe TV Card
Pathfinder
aznsniper911
Posts: 4,359
Registered: ‎09-01-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Jonny's list on his forums is a bit different then that of the XS one. I do disagree that some shouldn't bne in Tier one but oh well.

Gaming Rig
i7-2600k@ 5.3 GHZ
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
2x HD 6970 @ 920/1400
256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
3x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (7-7-7-21)
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x HD 5870 @ 925/1200
150GB Raptor X
1TB WD Caviar Black
1TB Samsung F3
Seasonic X-750
Sharpshooter
Stalker_Loner
Posts: 5,517
Registered: ‎04-13-2007

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

I managed Tier 2 as well. Nice list!

If it were a list of best cable-managed PSU's, mine would be in Tier 7 :smileysad:
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supercharge
Posts: 6,240
Registered: ‎07-03-2007

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

[ Edited ]
Tier 3 for me also...
Message Edited by SuperCharge on 10-30-2007 06:40 PM
Pathfinder
aznsniper911
Posts: 4,359
Registered: ‎09-01-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


AcydRaine wrote:
Wow, how are the Ultra X-Connects so shitty, and the X and X-Pro so good. Odd...
Different makers, I mean look at Antec they use different OEM, some are crappy and some are pretty good.

Gaming Rig
i7-2600k@ 5.3 GHZ
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
2x HD 6970 @ 920/1400
256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
3x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (7-7-7-21)
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x HD 5870 @ 925/1200
150GB Raptor X
1TB WD Caviar Black
1TB Samsung F3
Seasonic X-750
Regular Infantry
parrina
Posts: 1,225
Registered: ‎04-14-2007

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

hey i made t2
not bad-should be good for my next cpu/gpu upgrade
INTEL E8400
ASUS P5Q
OCZ VENDETTA 2
ANTEC 300
COOLER MASTER REAL POWER PRO 750W
OCZ DDR2 800
SAPPHIRE HD 4850
SAMSUNG 22" LCD
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AcydRaine
Posts: 10,969
Registered: ‎07-12-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


parrina wrote:
hey i made t2
not bad-should be good for my next cpu/gpu upgrade
LoL, I would hope a 1k PSU would be in T2 and work for next upgrade cycle. Hell, next few upgrade cycles.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.8ghz
Zalman CNPS9500LED
Asus 890GX Pro
2x2gb OCZ Gold DDR3-8500 (changing this out soon!!! Got it for 50$ though so I had to.
XFX HD 5770 @ 950/1250
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Vizio 42" 1080p LCD
XBL - XxAcydRaynexX / PSN - AcydRaine Add me fools!!
Pathfinder
aznsniper911
Posts: 4,359
Registered: ‎09-01-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

[ Edited ]
That also reminds me, does anyone know where I can get a zippy in the usa for a decent price?
Message Edited by aznsniper911 on 10-30-2007 09:01 PM

Gaming Rig
i7-2600k@ 5.3 GHZ
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
2x HD 6970 @ 920/1400
256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
3x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (7-7-7-21)
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x HD 5870 @ 925/1200
150GB Raptor X
1TB WD Caviar Black
1TB Samsung F3
Seasonic X-750
Blooded Grunt
dolynick
Posts: 1,856
Registered: ‎02-26-2007

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

You could try here.

I don't know if those prices are what you were hoping for or not.  I've dealt with the Canadian part of that retailer and they're pretty good.

-dolynick

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AcydRaine
Posts: 10,969
Registered: ‎07-12-2005

Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Ill pass on the Zippy. Not a fan of the 60/80mm fans on PSU. I have to have a 120mm. I like to not hear it. Not to mention the 170$ for the cheapest model that I would go for. I will take a 120-130$ Seasonic.
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Zalman CNPS9500LED
Asus 890GX Pro
2x2gb OCZ Gold DDR3-8500 (changing this out soon!!! Got it for 50$ though so I had to.
XFX HD 5770 @ 950/1250
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
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gregorov_14
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

^ exactly. I managed Tier 3, and my brother idk, as he has the corsiar vx series that works, and an antec neo he series that doesn't, and the neo he was tier 2, while the corsair is unranked. Hm...
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Transco901
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

XClio made the bottom of the barrel; interesting as Trogdor had some pretty good success with that brand (for folding I believe).

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AcydRaine
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Yes, those Corsair PSUs look pretty good as well.
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Asus 890GX Pro
2x2gb OCZ Gold DDR3-8500 (changing this out soon!!! Got it for 50$ though so I had to.
XFX HD 5770 @ 950/1250
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qmakowski
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

According to this, i'm running a T5 power supply. Oh well, Rosewell has always been really good to me, and many of their PS last over 3 years in my systems....
*The High End of the Low End*
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane
BIOSTAR TF560 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 (OC @ 1100mhz 5-5-5-12)
PHILIPS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 320gig SATA2 16mb Cache
HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB ATX V2.2 400W Power Supply
COOLMAX CS-480-Black
PNY GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
LG W2252TQ-TF Black 22
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aznsniper911
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


dolynick wrote:

You could try here.
I don't know if those prices are what you were hoping for or not.  I've dealt with the Canadian part of that retailer and they're pretty good.
-dolynick


Yeah I saw it there but thought the price was somewhat high but if I can't find it anywhere else for cheaper I guess I have to go with them. Oh well, thanks!

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W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

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doomtrooper
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

I made it to Tier 2 with my Corsair HX. Most Corsairs are re-branded Seasonics from what I've read.
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AcydRaine
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


doomtrooper wrote:
I made it to Tier 2 with my Corsair HX. Most Corsairs are re-branded Seasonics from what I've read.
I kind of see this when I look at those Corsairs. In the pics they look almost exactly like the Seasonics.
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aznsniper911
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


AcydRaine wrote:

doomtrooper wrote:
I made it to Tier 2 with my Corsair HX. Most Corsairs are re-branded Seasonics from what I've read.
I kind of see this when I look at those Corsairs. In the pics they look almost exactly like the Seasonics.
Well the HX series are Seasonic rebranded, the VX are by CWT which isn't as good as Seasonic but it's not crappy either.

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Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
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256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
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Seasonic X-750
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dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

[ Edited ]

chemgeek wrote:
Anyone who buys a Tier 1 PSU please call me up and I will come over punch you in the face. 


Hey now... The PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad in my fileserver is ranked tier 1...  I didn't know a free punch in the face came with it when I bought it though.

-dolynick
Message Edited by dolynick on 10-31-2007 09:09 PM
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Transco901
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


dolynick wrote:

chemgeek wrote:
Anyone who buys a Tier 1 PSU please call me up and I will come over punch you in the face. 


Hey now... The PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad in my fileserver is ranked tier 1...  I didn't know a free punch in the face came with it when I bought it though.

-dolynick
Message Edited by dolynick on 10-31-2007 09:09 PM

Yea I was just about to get a PC Power & Cooling PSU and at the last minute went with Seasonic.  I don't see anything wrong with PC P&C; I think one bitch used to be their prices, but they really are in the same range as Seasonic (a forum favorite).

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dolynick
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[ Edited ]
Yeah, I didn't think $175 CAD was at all unreasonable for a high quality 750W power supply from PC Power & Cooling unit when a lot of other well known brands were $150 for 600W-800W units.  If I recall correctly, my Thermaltake Toughpower modular 850W ran $250-$275 and I think its a pretty safe bet that the PC Power & Cooling PSU is probably of higher quality, though it's lower power and lacks the convenience of modular cables.  I thought that 750W might be a bit excessive for a fileserver but when I checked with the Extreme PSU Calculator, it reported a possible draw of nearly 400W with the current 6 HDs (putting it right in around the higher efficiency ranges of the 750W Silencer I believe).  If I were to ever fully expand the RAID array and end up with 14 HDs, the draw could be as much as nearly 700W (to a bit of my surprise).

Now, there are a lot of power supplies listed there as tier 1 that do run $350 and up...  A bit exhorbinant maybe but those units are also the more extreme variety as well and if someone doesn't mind paying that much for what might be considered "the very best" in power supplies then all power to them.  Of course, a $400 1200W Olympia is most likely overkill for just about any home PC but that's another debate.

-dolynick
Message Edited by dolynick on 11-01-2007 01:43 AM
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AMDnewbie2005
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

While we're at it why not copy the extremeoverclocking list :smileyveryhappy:
Class 1: These are the Best:

PC Power & Cooling (All Turbo Cool & ULTRA-QUIET SILENCER 610W & 750W),
Seasonic (S-12, S-12E+, M-12),
Corsair,
Silverstone (Zeus models ST56ZF, ST75ZF, and ST85ZF),
Etasis &
Zippy.

Class 2:

Antec,
Enermax,
Enhance,
Fortron (FSP),
Hiper (Type-M 670W & 730W & Type-R 730W)
I-Star,
OCZ Technology,
PC Power & Cooling,
Seasonic,
Silverstone,
Sparkle,
Tagan,
Thermaltake ToughPower (Only the ToughPower Line!),
Vantec &
XCilo.

Class 3:

Hiper (Type-R 580W, 530W & 480W)
Mushkin &
Sunbeam NUUO
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Stalker_Loner
Posts: 5,517
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

I think there should be a similar list for cases as well. I think a lot of people would find something like that useful. You could classify a case based on size inside (roominess if you will), build quality, airflow/cooling, overall design, weight etc.
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AcydRaine
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

^ But then we wouldn't be able to laugh at people like you that put high-end components into a 40$ case with horrible airflow. LoL
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Stalker_Loner
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Like me :smileysad:

*SL lolz at himself for his shitteh case*

Oh well, I'll be putting this horrible case to rest soon.
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dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

[ Edited ]
Well if we're doing PSU lists we might as well include the ones from jonnyguru.  I think these are based more off of his reviews and testing rather than just "happy" user views as was commented regarding the others.

Jonnyguru's PSU Recommendations for High End Gaming PC's 

This tier breakdown cannot be compared to the other lists as these are high end PSUs only.  All of them are good, this is more of an ordering of a "best of the best" type.

Tier 1:

PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool product line
  • Built like a server PSU, but with the home user also in mind
  • Zero ripple
  • Louder than a leaf blower
  • 1kW is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 1kW is Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 850W is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
Etasis Gaming Power product line
  • Server grade
  • Fairly quiet for PSU's with 80MM fans
  • ET-750 and ET-850 are both 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Silverstone Zeus and Nightjar product line
  • Based on Etasis units, a company known for server grade PSU's
  • Not very loud, even when outfitted with 80MM fans.
  • Often sleeved cables, etc. Geared more towards the enthusiast than other server grade PSU's.
  • ST85ZF is Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • ST75ZF is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • ST56ZF is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Zippy GSM and PSL product line
  • Typically server power supplies and can be loud
  • PSL model has 40MM fan which has a high pitched sound when running
  • There is a "gaming" product line that offers all of the necessary connectors for almost any high end gaming rig, a nicer finish and has a much quieter fan than the server models.
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • PSL-6850P(G1) is 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty

Tier 2:

Enermax Galaxy product line
  • Lots of power
  • Semi-Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Very efficient
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Enermax Infiniti product line
  • Semi-Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Very efficient
  • Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 80 Plus certified
  • 3 year warranty
Andyson's server line (recognized by dual 80MM fans) and high-efficiency line (recognized by single 130MM fan.)
  • Extremely affordable
  • Solid performance and quality components
  • High efficiency models are 84% typical and very quiet
  • Not commonly found in U.S. or E.U.
  • End user warranty unknown
Hiper Type-M 670 and 730W and Type-R 730W
  • Based on server grade Andyson AD-800 units
  • 3 year warranty
Ultra X-Finity and X-Pro 800W
  • Based on server grade Andyson AD-800 units
  • 3 year warranty/Lifetime with product registration
Ultra X3 800W & 1000W
  • Based on Andyson AD-800
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Cooled w/ 135MM fan
  • 3 year warranty/Lifetime with product registration
Silverstone Olympia OP1000
  • Uses SevenTeam 1kW server platform
  • Very stable power
  • 80A continuous power on a single 12V rail
  • Single, rear mounted 80MM fan can be loud
  • 8800GTX SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W & 1200W product line
  • Built by CWT, but without all of the Fuhjyyu capacitors
  • Capable of outputing nearly 100% of it's capability on the +12V rail
  • Very efficient
  • Cooled w/ 140MM fan
  • Modular
  • 5 year warranty

Tier 3:

Silverstone Olympia OP650, OP750 & OP850 and Decathalon DA650, DA750 & DA850
  • Design by Impervio Electronics Co.
  • Built in Taiwan
  • Quiet and efficient
Antec True Power Quattro product lines
  • Built by Enhance
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient at loads > 20%
  • Very quiet, despite the 80MM fan solution
  • Modular
  • Fully sleeved cables
  • HD2900 XT Crossfire certified
  • 3 year warranty
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W
  • Built by Enhance
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • Fully sleeved cables
  • 8800 Ultra SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
Seasonic S12 and M12 product lines
  • Very good voltage regulation
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • M12 series is modular
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • S12 650W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Corsair product line
  • Based on same platform and component quality as Seasonic S/M12
  • Very efficient
  • Very quiet
  • Modular
  • HX620W is 7800 and 7900GTX SLI certified
  • 5 year warranty
PC Power and Cooling Silencer product line
  • Based on same platform and component quality as Seasonic S/M12
  • 750W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 3 year warranty
Coolmax Greenpower product line
  • Based on ATNG server platform
  • A little on the loud side
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 3 year warranty
SevenTeam SSI EPS 12V 2.91 Series and "Fanless" product lines
  • Strong regulation
  • Efficient and quiet, despite being based on a server platform
  • Good price, but rarely available in the U.S.
  • 2 year warranty
MGE/XG Duro and Magnum
  • Based on SevenTeam's higher end units
  • Lifetime Warranty

Tier 4:

Enhance products up to 750W
  • Efficient and quiet
  • Very affordable
  • Often does not come with sleeved cables
  • Only 1 year warranty
Silverstone Element product line and Strider ST60F and ST75F product
  • Based on Enhance's higher end products
  • 3 year warranty on PSU's > 500W. All others are only 1 year warranty
Xclio Stablepower product line
  • Based on Enhance's ENP 850W and 1000W products
  • Cooled by quieter 140MM fan (as opposed to pair of 80's)
  • 2 year warranty
Antec Trio/NeoHE/EarthWatts product line
  • Built by Seasonic, but not the same build quality as above Seasonics
  • NeoHE is modular
  • Trio 650W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • NeoHE 550W is X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 5 year warranty
FSP Epsilon product line
  • Compact size
  • Fairly efficient and quiet
  • Notable ripple issue
  • Inexpensive
  • X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • 700W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
OCZ GameXstrem product line
  • Based on FSP Epsilon mentioned above
  • 3 year warranty
AOpen AO700-ALN
  • Based on FSP Epsilon mentioned above
  • Only 1 year warranty
Thermaltake Toughpower < 1000W product line
  • Built by CWT, but without all of the Fuhjyyu capacitors
  • 550W is X1800/X850/X800 Crossfire certified
  • 600W, 700W and 750W are X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified and 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 750W is modular
  • 5 year warranty
Xclio GreatPower product line
  • Supposedly same construction as Toughpower (??? need confirmation)
  • 650W, 700W and 750W is 7950 GX2 Quad SLI certified
  • 2 year warranty
Enermax Liberty 620W
  • Excellent voltage regulation
  • Modular
  • Very quiet
  • Crossfire X1900/X1950 Crossfire certified
  • Only 1 year warranty
  • Bumped down to tier 4 due to a number of reports of failure in the line of duty

-dolynick

Message Edited by dolynick on 11-02-2007 12:56 AM
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dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Jonnyguru's Recommended Sub-$150, high-efficiency PSU's 

Listings of good quality power supplies in the lower price brackets.

Criteria:

At least 30A on the combined +12V rail
Confirmed 80% and better efficiency

Prices last updated 09/22/2007

High efficiency, suitable for SLI/Crossfire:


Antec EarthWatts 500W $72.93 @ J&R
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have two +12V rails, but actually only has one (34A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Antec True Power Trio 550W $83.50 @ Provantage

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (42A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Antec True Power Trio 650W $97.49 @ Provantage

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (52A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair HX520W $99.69 @ Provantage

  • Modular
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (40A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair HX620W $149.99 @ Buy.com

  • Modular
  • Seasonic OEM
  • Claims to have three +12V rails, but actually only has one (50A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Corsair VX550W $90.99 @ ZipZoomFly (Free Shipping!)

  • Channel Well OEM
  • Single +12V rail (41A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Seasonic M12 500W $120.00 @ eWiz

  • Modular
  • Claims to have four +12V rails, but actually only has one (38A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Seasonic S12 650W $139.99 @ XPCGear

  • Has four +12V rails (52A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Cooler Master iGreen RS-600-ASAA $98.99 @ Sundial Micro

  • Acbel Polytech OEM
  • Three +12V rails (38A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Ultra X-Pro EE 600W $97.99 @ ZipZoomFly (Free Shipping!)

  • Andyson OEM
  • Single +12V rail (36A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Ultra X-Finity EE 600W $99.99 @ TigerDirect

  • Andyson OEM
  • Single +12V rail (36A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

SilverStone Olympia OP650 $128.00 @ PC Extreme

  • Single +12V rail (54A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Silverstone Olympia OP750 $159 @ PC Extreme

  • Single +12V rail (60A)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

Zalman ZM600-HP $119 @ Directron

  • FSP OEM
  • Four +12V rails (42A combined)
  • Suitable for SLI and Crossfire (not necessarily G80 or R600 and up)

High efficiency, but not recommended for higher end SLI/Crossfire due to 240VA limited rails and/or low combined +12V:

Corsair VX450W $72.64 @ Buy.com

  • Seasonic OEM
  • Single +12V rail (33A)

Enhance ENP-5150GH $67.00 @ eWiz

  • Has two +12V rails (18A each, 36A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card

SilverStone Element ST50EF-Plus $80.75 @ Deadeye Data
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  • Enhance OEM
  • Has two +12V rails (18A each, 36A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card

Cooler Master iGreen RS-500-ASAA $79.99 @ XPCGear

  • Acbel Polytech OEM
  • Has three +12V rails (6A, 13A, 14A, 33A combined)
  • Suitable for ANY single video card



-dolynick

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aznsniper911
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

^ We pretty much can see a general trend though. ALl the good makers are either in Tier one or two in each of these PSU list. Too bad no one here has a zippy to play with!

Gaming Rig
i7-2600k@ 5.3 GHZ
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
2x HD 6970 @ 920/1400
256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
3x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (7-7-7-21)
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x HD 5870 @ 925/1200
150GB Raptor X
1TB WD Caviar Black
1TB Samsung F3
Seasonic X-750
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dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

That's very true.  The one difference is that in the jonnyguru high end list it can be a bit misleading as a lot of the tier 4 "high end" PSUs he lists are tier 2 or better in the other lists.  Hopefully anyone reading this takes note of my comment in that regard before thinking his Tier 4s are crappy units.

-dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


dolynick wrote:
That's very true.  The one difference is that in the jonnyguru high end list it can be a bit misleading as a lot of the tier 4 "high end" PSUs he lists are tier 2 or better in the other lists.  Hopefully anyone reading this takes note of my comment in that regard before thinking his Tier 4s are crappy units.

-dolynick
I'm thinking this has to do with the forum mentality and what they think "good" is. Jonnyguru is well know for testing PSU, so I would assume their standards maybe higher then that of XS but as you said before XS is a user opnionated list while Jonnyguru most likely got his list from testing various PSU.

Gaming Rig
i7-2600k@ 5.3 GHZ
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
Asus P8P67 Deluxe B3
2x HD 6970 @ 920/1400
256GB C300 SSD
2TB WD BLack
W7Ultimate 64-bit
Seasonic X-850

Water Cooling Setup
EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Control
EK Bay Spin Reservoir
Ek CoolStream XT 360
PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" UV Green Tubing

Homework Rig
Intel i7 920 @4.3ghz
3x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (7-7-7-21)
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x HD 5870 @ 925/1200
150GB Raptor X
1TB WD Caviar Black
1TB Samsung F3
Seasonic X-750
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dolynick
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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


stalker_loner wrote:
I think there should be a similar list for cases as well. I think a lot of people would find something like that useful. You could classify a case based on size inside (roominess if you will), build quality, airflow/cooling, overall design, weight etc.

A case list would be interesting and I'd be willing to contribute to it.  Not quite sure how you'd break them down or score them compartively when they'd be coming from multiple individual submissions though.

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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)


aznsniper911 wrote:

I'm thinking this has to do with the forum mentality and what they think "good" is. Jonnyguru is well know for testing PSU, so I would assume their standards maybe higher then that of XS but as you said before XS is a user opnionated list while Jonnyguru most likely got his list from testing various PSU.

His listings are also not based just off of his review scores either.  A lot of the tier 4 power supplies in the high end list scored just as high if not higher than the tier 1 and 2 units in their individual reviews.  What he's also done is consider reliability and quality of internal components as well when he split them up, which didn't necessarily figure into the review score.

An example is the tier 1 PC Power & Cooling Turbocool 1kW and the tier 2 Silverstone Olympia OP1000W.  In the head to head review of the two he did, the Olympia actually scored higher in the review.  He ranks the Turbocool as higher in the tiers because he feels that the guts of that unit will be more likely to last longer under long term use and stress.

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Re: Unofficial PSU Ranking List (looking for the best PSU?)

Did you see the Pc Power and COoling, amazing almost no ripples at all even with higher loads! But if you think about it, are we really that picky with our powersupply? I mean this forum is more of a causal performance type then that of benchmarking sites and other sites that demand a lot from their hardware.

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