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OCZ ZX 1250 or Corsair AX1200?

post #1 of 20
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I'm trying to decide on which PSU to get, but I'm kind of torn between these two. I've heard nothing but good things about the AX1200, but it is very expensive. On the other hand there is the OCZ ZX 1250 PSU which just came out, and it looks really nice as well. Plus the ZX is on sale at newegg, so it's significantly less expensive than the AX1200. I don't want to get the OCZ ZX PSU though if it is going to end up being some flimsy pos, and from what I hear, the ZX PSU is lacking a MOV, which is a little distressing.

So I'm basically just looking for some opinions/advice on which one of these might be the better one to get. Would the ZX be good enough? Should I be worried about the ZX's lack of a MOV? Should I spend a little extra and get the AX1200?
post #2 of 20
Everyone's cutting out the MOVs now. It's kind of annoying.

Just to make this harder, also consider the Antec HCP-1200. wink.gif


Do you need 1200Ws? Unless you're doing quad SLI GTX590s or something similar I doubt you will.
post #3 of 20
While the fact that a high quality $200+ 1250W PSU is lacking a 20 cent MOV is a bit strange, just plug it in to a power strip and forget about it. tongue.gif I don't like cost-cutting like that but what can you do.
The OCZ ZX 1250W was indirectly reviewed by Jonnyguru when they reviewed the Sparkle Gold 1250W -- http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=212
The only differences between the two are the fan and the brand of the electrolytics (OCZ used CapXon, Sparkle used Teapo). It's an excellent unit regardless.
post #4 of 20
Kind of surprised everyone is cutting out the MOV in PSUs. I have a surge protector plugged into my wall outlet, which I'll be plugging my PC into. I'm just hoping that will be a good enough substitute for a lack of a MOV.

Also, thanks for the suggestion, but I can't really consider the ACP1200 on my current budget, but it does look like a really nice PSU. The current price of the AX1200 (~$270) is about as high as I can go.

Also, I plan on running x2 580 Lightning cards with a 2600k cpu. I know that I could probably do that with a 1k PSU, but I couldn't really find any decent 1k PSUs worth getting. Besides, it's nice to have that extra legroom.
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Originally Posted by nekroturkey;13309327 
Kind of surprised everyone is cutting out the MOV in PSUs. I have a surge protector plugged into my wall outlet, which I'll be plugging my PC into. I'm just hoping that will be a good enough substitute for a lack of a MOV.

Also, thanks for the suggestion, but I can't really consider the ACP1200 on my current budget, but it does look like a really nice PSU. The current price of the AX1200 (~$270) is about as high as I can go.

Also, I plan on running x2 580 Lightning cards with a 2600k cpu. I know that I could probably do that with a 1k PSU, but I couldn't really find any decent 1k PSUs worth getting. Besides, it's nice to have that extra legroom.

honestly you could do that with say a decent 750-850w psu (Phaedrus do you agree with that? your better with psu knowledge than i am)

if thats true and you want breathing room a really good quality 1000w unit would do you nicely
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post #6 of 20
Yeah, a good 750-850W unit would be perfect for the setup you have in mind. A 1000W unit would be a lot of extra legroom... a 1200W would be the kind of legroom you want for quad GTX 580s.
post #7 of 20
What kind of components are you trying to saturate? Unless your going for a SR-2, Quad-SLI/Quadfire or a MONSTER workstation, even 1000w is overkill.

A good 750w would work fine.
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I've done a bit of reading up on what a good PSU for this kind of setup would be for the past few weeks, while reading for other parts too (building a new PC from scratch). I've read that I can run this PC on a quality 850w PSU, but with very little room to breathe. I don't want the PSU to always be stressed though, and so I started looking at some 1k PSUs, and like I said, I'm aware that a 1k PSU would work good with this PC. But also, like I mentioned, I couldn't find any decent 1k PSUs worth getting. The best ones that I could find that were 80+ gold certified on newegg were the OCZ ZX 1k PSU and the Cooler Master Silent Pro. I've heard mixed things about the ZX series (and like I mentioned above, the lack of a MOV is a bit distressing), and I've heard that the Silent Pro isn't very good either.

So it was at this point that I moved on up to the 1.2k PSUs.

Edit: Whoops, posted from my brothers account. This is wubikens.
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post #9 of 20
"80+ Gold" units aren't ALWAYS better then "80+". NZXT Hale, Antec TPQ, Corsair AX. There are plenty of 850-1000w units that are excellent without a "Gold" badge.
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post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by nekroturkey;13309594 
I can run this PC on a quality 850w PSU, but with very little room to breathe.

You've been fed incorrect information, as is sadly common when it comes to power requirements tongue.gif
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