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Had to do an RMA on mine just two days before the end of the 5 year deadline. Lucky me, and the replacement is going great guns here thumb.gif .

What happened? How did yours fail?

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That thing came with Hitachi and Chemicon lytic caps and a quality ball-bearing fan, I wouldn't be surprised if it lasts for one decade or even more.

Good to know! Thanks! +ReP

I'm hoping to keep my SFX 450W Gold Silverstone PSU for a good 6-7 years

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Can the voltage say in ones bios give any indication to the health of a psu?

Like the +5 12v etc. readings?

Yes, but there are some things to be aware of using these. First, make sure you're looking at reading from a bios that has a "Hardware Monitor" or similar function that's reading the voltage on the rails, and not looking at voltage settings. You're looking for these to be no more than +- 5% of their nominal values. i.e.

3.3V : 3.135V to 3.465V
5V : 4.75V to 5.25V
12V : 11.4V to 12.6V

Second, as others pointed out here it's preferable to use a multimeter to measure the power supply directly if you have one available. The reason being that there are errors introduced in the readings of the mainboard hardware monitor by its A/D converter accuracy and resolution and the voltage reference that it uses.

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Good to know! Thanks! +ReP

I'm hoping to keep my SFX 450W Gold Silverstone PSU for a good 6-7 years
Did you just buy it?

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Good to know! Thanks! +ReP

I'm hoping to keep my SFX 450W Gold Silverstone PSU for a good 6-7 years
Did you just buy it?

April is when I got it. Yes, it's pretty darn new. Stays quiet and cool! Very good PSU from what I've experienced so far. Handled my 2500k @ 4.5Ghz and GTX970 @ 1500Mhz easily. thumb.gif

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