Originally Posted by juano
He's running 2
5830s. He ought to switch to that 950w ASAP, there's no reason not too if it's just sitting around. While his PSU may not be in danger of exploding I don't see the point in using a PSU that's atleast 15% less than what is recommended.
Here's a review of his PSU.
It's not going to explode, that platform has alot more overhead then you think. Want to know an inside secret? Just because it says it's 520's doesn't mean it's not based off a higher wattage platform, which it is with the S12II. Being rated at continuous 520w just means theres a possiblity that the OCP is more strict, doesn't mean it nesseccarily is as you can see in various seasonic psu's which greatly go over their rated continuous. It's not going to wear out, it's not going to break, and it's not harming his computer. The S12II is one of the best lines of psu's you can get. If it wasn't enough it would shut off, so please sit down and shut up.
Also I see no charts on that Review, nor do I see where they are getting their values. If they are HWmonitoring those voltage readings then that article has no worth at all. Anadatech is a respected site but that doesn't mean they are qualified to judge a psu, as you not only need the knowledge and experience for them but the correct equipment
I think Shinji2k said it pretty well.
Edited by WTHbot - 8/4/11 at 11:15am
First off, I would like to specify what makes a good PSU review:
Load testing using a special purpose ATE or a custom built resistor or MOSFET load tester.
Ripple and noise measurements.
Testing above room temperature, preferably 40-50C.
Commentary on build quality and detailed analysis of components used.
A bad PSU review will include:
Testing at room temperature.
Loading with a computer in lieu of a load tester.
Voltage measurements using a multimeter or worse, software (without the use of a load tester).
Anything missing from the list of what makes a good review.