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Someone made a flippant remark, and a few people took it seriously, and now there's rumors flying all over the place and it's getting annoying. So I'm clearing the air.

NO, Superflower has not taken SeaSonic's "crown" as "best PSU manufacturer".

There's no such thing as best PSU manufacturer regardless.


Why did someone say that Superflower is better than SeaSonic? It was a joke. Superflower was just a nobody brand until late 2010, when they released their Golden Green platform. GG is a great platform that can do 80PLUS Gold with good performance and scales to any wattage between 500W and 1300W, and does it at a reasonable price. It's a great accomplishment and it put Superflower on the map and gained them a half dozen corporate customers and greatly strengthened their retail presence in Asia.

Additionally, Superflower beefed up and underrated a Golden Green 650W and called it the Golden King 550W, which achieves 80PLUS Platinum and the best electrical performance of any power supply JonnyGURU.com has ever tested. So right now Superflower does hold the crown for best 500-600W power supply, though it costs a great deal. (It's also sold as the Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W)

However, as of now Superflower is a one trick pony. They only have one top-end design, and that's Golden Green. All their older stuff is mediocre to average and is pretty hard to find. Golden Green will get you 80PLUS Gold and good performance for cheaper than a lot of competing products, but right now Superflower has nothing else to offer, especially in the budget space.





What about SeaSonic? SeaSonic has consistently been a forerunner in PSU performance for the past decade. S12, M12, M12D, and X platforms have all been top of the line at their release and have been used in a multitude of units by several brands. Additionally their S12II platforms are used in some of the best budget, low-wattage units around.




So which one's the better PSU manufacturer? Who knows? Who cares? Both offer very high-performing power supplies, and that's all that matters. If you're looking for an 80PLUS Gold power supply you can go for a SeaSonic X (or Corsair AX) for better performance; or a SuperFlower Golden Green (or Kingwin LZG or NZXT Hale90 or Xion Gold or Sentey Gold or Rosewill Lightning Gold or other rebrand) for nearly as good performance at a lower price.






And by the way, neither SeaSonic nor Superflower will be winning any awards for "Best Build Quality". Delta Electronics or Zippy/Emacs are the top dogs there, though Enermax's new top of the line units are nearly as good as Delta or Zippy, since their acquisition of Impervio. Keep in mind though, low-end Enermax are mediocre CWT units.



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Hopefully, some people spewing random crap about PSUs will read this and stop spreading even more crap around the forums.

Well done.
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my raidmax has been strong after 4 years....
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I think it's also worth mentioning here that it's not worth anyone's time to just make a recommendation based solely on a brand name. I mean, I see the following type of statements way too often:

"Get an Antec PSU"

"Get a Corsair PSU"

"Get a SeaSonic PSU"

If someone makes a recommendation like this to you, then ask them to recommend a specific unit. If they can't be specific (and I mean specific), then they don't know what they're talking about. When someone only recommends a certain brand to you and can't pinpoint specific units, then I say that you should politely thank that person and then ignore their advice. After that, wait for someone who knows what to recommend.
Edited by TwoCables - 5/28/11 at 8:36pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;13672087 
If someone makes a recommendation like this to you, then ask them to recommend a specific unit. If they can't be specific (and I mean specific), then they don't know what they're talking about. When someone only recommends a certain brand to you and can't pinpoint specific units, then I say that you should politely thank that person and then ignore their advice.

And most of the time not even then. Pointing to a specific PSU doesnt mean you know anything other than that PSU works in your system.
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir;13672113 
And most of the time not even then.
Yeah, I wanted to say it, but I couldn't do it. However, I believe it's true: if someone's first advice is to just say something like, "As long as you go with [insert brand here], you will be fine", then that usually means the person doesn't know what they're talking about. That's why I recommend challenging such people by asking them to be specific.
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Seasonic
They don't know how to make **** units. Superflower does
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Seasonic
They don't know how to make **** units. Superflower does

you didn't read the OP did you?
    
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