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Very informative info, Phaedrus.

Do you foresee a 90+ certification standard soon?
Power supplies are getting more and more efficient.
Well we de facto have that with the 80PLUS Platinum cert, which requires 90%, 92%, and 89% efficiency at 20%, 50%, and 100% load. Yes it does allow a dip down to 89% at full load, but a lot of units that earn the cert do better than that anyway.
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I'm pretty happy with the HCP-1200 (pretty close to getting a Platinum rating).
I'll probably wait a few years before I get another power supply.
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I know XFX uses seasonic, but i heard corsair switched over to delta or whatever, so that means XFX > corsair. But which has higher quality XFX or seasonic, if they all use the same platforms.
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I know XFX uses seasonic, but i heard corsair switched over to delta or whatever, so that means XFX > corsair. But which has higher quality XFX or seasonic, if they all use the same platforms.
Corsair has never and probably will never use Delta Electronics. They currently use a mix of SeaSonic and Channel Well, with special order company Flextronics building the AX1200. XFX uses all SeaSonic.

XFX and Corsair generally, at any given price point, have the same approximate build quality and performance, give or take a bit.
post #36 of 56
is there any oem or retail product that one can purchase that will monitor the amperage, efficiency, and power usage of a psu?

like the torchtech device, but retail that i can buy without the psu?
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is there any oem or retail product that one can purchase that will monitor the amperage, efficiency, and power usage of a psu?

like the torchtech device, but retail that i can buy without the psu?
Not in all one package, no.

A power meter can measure the amount of power you pull from the wall. (price: $20 for Kill-a-Watt; $175+ for pro level stuff)
A DC clamp ammeter can measure the amount of current being pulled from a PSU at any given moment at a given voltage (price: $50+)
A load bank (aka ATE) can test the capabilities of a PSU comprehensively (price: $800+)
A digital multimeter (DMM) can test the voltage output of a PSU (price: $5-$20 for a cheap-o, $80+ for pro level stuff)
An oscilloscope can measure ripple and more complex performance characteristics of a PSU (price: $250 for cheapest worthwhile, $400+ recommended)


There is no one device that can do everything you want.
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Not in all one package, no.

A power meter can measure the amount of power you pull from the wall. (price: $20 for Kill-a-Watt; $175+ for pro level stuff)
A DC clamp ammeter can measure the amount of current being pulled from a PSU at any given moment at a given voltage (price: $50+)
A load bank (aka ATE) can test the capabilities of a PSU comprehensively (price: $800+)
A digital multimeter (DMM) can test the voltage output of a PSU (price: $5-$20 for a cheap-o, $80+ for pro level stuff)
An oscilloscope can measure ripple and more complex performance characteristics of a PSU (price: $250 for cheapest worthwhile, $400+ recommended)


There is no one device that can do everything you want.
thanks! what i wanted to know
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Corsair has never and probably will never use Delta Electronics. They currently use a mix of SeaSonic and Channel Well, with special order company Flextronics building the AX1200. XFX uses all SeaSonic.

XFX and Corsair generally, at any given price point, have the same approximate build quality and performance, give or take a bit.
Cool, thanks. Now i ahve one more quetion, what got you into PSU's and how did you learn so muc?
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Hi! I have a 700W OCZ ModXStream PSU which has 2 rails at 25a each. I read on here that for my next build (2500k/BD+570) I should be ok... as in overkill with my 700W PSU. However, a couple newegg product specs say the 570 requires 38a and a >550W PSU. Wattage is covered, but amperage.. not so much. Powering the 570 off of one rail would trip the OCP, on a high load, as I understand it. So what do I do to get it powered? Wiring magic or newegg a PSU?

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