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I'm glad I've given my money to Antec and Cooler Master.

It is silly to have the PSU industry in this kind of creep when there are so many competitors, unlike in the processor and GPU industries. The downward trend in RAM prices have been almost offset by the spike in high-end PSU (and HDD) prices.
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I'd buy a Superflower/Kingwin PSU in a heartbeat though if any retailers in Canada started stocking PSUs from either of those companies. NCIX doesn't have a single Kingwin PSU listed in their inventory. mad.gif

Kingwin is offered at Newegg.ca.
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Phaedrus, Great article you have wrote. Well i saw 2 great ones by you today. Really glad that you are getting through to the community on other units. Also i believe thermaltake has finally stepped it up in some new units. Also what units do you like (even though skeptic) with coolermaster?
   
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Phaedrus, Great article you have wrote. Well i saw 2 great ones by you today. Really glad that you are getting through to the community on other units. Also i believe thermaltake has finally stepped it up in some new units. Also what units do you like (even though skeptic) with coolermaster?

The GX450 and GX550 are nice, and the newer revisions of the GX650 and GX750 aren't bad. The issue with the 650 and 750 is that the original crap units (550W and 450W effective, respectively; that's right the 750W provides less usable power than the 650W) are still sold alongside the newer versions and it can be difficult for a consumer to tell which he is buying. The newer ones are sometimes marked as "GX Bronze", but not always; some sites sell the new units on the same page as the old units, and vice versa. Oh, also the Silent Pro Gold units are alright, but nothing spectacular, and the Silent Pro M series isn't unusually offensive except that the 600W and 700W have the +12V capacity of a 500W and 600W respectively. And one or two of the ElitePower units are rated honestly, though most aren't. And the eXtremePower series is still crap. So yeah. CoolerMaster... eeeeh.
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Nicely done. Very informative article. Yeah, I keep noticing Seasonic/Corsair PSUs' price going up gradually. An example of law of supply and demand.

Phaedrus, you mentioned 80+ Gold SuperFlower. In 500W to 600W, are there any unit that is based on SuperFlower? How is its ripple suppression and voltage regulation? I looked at Kingwin 550W Platinum but its price is very scary (even after BF deal -> $130).
Edited by trumpet-205 - 12/3/11 at 7:29pm
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post #126 of 320
Nice write up. When I started looking more into PSUs (about the beginning of this year), all I saw were people recommending Corsair PSUs, and usually 650W+, regardless of the setup, to top it off. I ended up getting this Antec TruePower New 750W for $80 new, and it was soon unavailable (all that I can find now is the blue version).
    
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You can generally find good deals for cheaper than what Corsair offers. The original Corsair TX 650, while a good unit, but just mid-level now, routinely sells (or did recently, at least; haven't checked lately) for between $90 and $95. Sometimes it has rebates dropping it to like $65 to $75, but that should tell you something. It's on par with my old PC Power & Cooling, and people still eat it up for $90, but shun PC Power & Cooling (even when they had good recertified units for $60 and below) because... it's either overrated or loud... really!?

I'm not hating on Corsair (it's rare we see a brand expand into multiple areas and do so well and I commend them for it), but I've seen this too (before even with PC Power & Cooling!), and every time I mention that there are alternatives, I get told that... I'm hating on Corsair or have some insecurity about my choice. Seriously? That or it's "buy a Corsair and be done with it" or "you can't go wrong with Corsair" (yes you can if there's better stuff priced less) from the impatient, lazy, and/or uninformed.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 12/4/11 at 1:42am
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

Nicely done. Very informative article. Yeah, I keep noticing Seasonic/Corsair PSUs' price going up gradually. An example of law of supply and demand.

Phaedrus, you mentioned 80+ Gold SuperFlower. In 500W to 600W, are there any unit that is based on SuperFlower? How is its ripple suppression and voltage regulation? I looked at Kingwin 550W Platinum but its price is very scary (even after BF deal -> $130).

Ripple suppression and voltage regulation are top notch. Can't say which are based on Superflower other than Superflower itself and Kingwin though.
post #129 of 320
guys it's time to buy antec, cooler master and silvertone like me. Give other psu's a shot we don't want to have an INTEL power supply that grinds profits from us to the bone! AMD I hope ou impove soon.
    
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All I want to see is a 600-800W Fully modular PSU from a reasonable manufacturer..
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