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never trust a review by anyone who may have a financial stake thumb.gif



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I've got to say I've consistently avoided Corsair and Seasonic except for speccing out a PSU for my work machine (this thread), mainly because Corsair's prices have always been quite high relative to their wattage ratings IMV, and Seasonic's just never really gone on sales unlike Antecs, Enermaxes and Cooler Masters at Anitec* and NCIX.

In my time I've had an Enermax 535W (in the days before Active PFC though), and a 525W (active PFC, 25amps on 12V rails), several Cooler Masters (750W, 600W, 550W, 500W and even a 430W), a couple of OCZs (one 850W, one 500W) and an XFX 850W Black Edition [ NOTE: This is the "older" version with the green fan that is reputed to be higher quality than the "black fan" version. ]

But I think thanks to this article, should I ever need to replace a blown PSU I will emphatically not look at Corsairs or Seasonics for replacements.

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* Anitec has since gone out of business.
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Quantum, your CoolerMasters have probably been crap. eXtremePower series? Garbage. And the Elite Power 430W is also pretty poor (though not as bad as the 400W and 460W versions). The XFX 850W is a SeaSonic S12D, and the green and black fan versions are internally identical.
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Quantum, your CoolerMasters have probably been crap. eXtremePower series? Garbage. And the Elite Power 430W is also pretty poor (though not as bad as the 400W and 460W versions). The XFX 850W is a SeaSonic S12D, and the green and black fan versions are internally identical.

Oh, except for the 750W (which is some high end model) I agree that the Cooler Masters aren't intended to seriously drive performance systems. But they are decent PSUs for the job they do, in my experience. smile.gif
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i never owned a corair ps or a seasonic.. only name brand ones ive used since the olden days were antec and coolermaster, dont know who makes them but i never had one go poooof the magic dragon on me biggrin.gif
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My current PSUs in use are 1 Corsair and 2 Seasonics, but I didn't buy them only because of the brand, I bought them because they were at a very good price. The Seasonics (M12-II 430 and 500) were 50% off on a weekend sale, and would hafta be stupid to pass that up. The Corsair was 30% off, but I would have stuck with my old PSU if it hadn't been on sale. I'm not a brand fanboy, and my next PSU might be some other good brand entirely. But all PSUs have worked without a hitch for years, and because of that I trust the brands implicitly.
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I just built my rig, and I bought a PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W after reading that it had very good reliability. It cost me about $98 because of a bundle deal and rebate. I love it to pieces. It isn't modular, but all the power cords are pre-sleaved so that they don't look like crap. I haven't had any trouble out of them, so I will probably be recommending them to a person who I am helping to build a $1000 TOR gaming rig.

Now, I know that you say that we need to avoid a monopoly or a duopoly, but you need to remember that these other companies aren't just in the PSU business. OCZ is also in the ram business. Antec builds cases. Cooler Master makes cases, cpu coolers (like the Hyper 212+, which I love), , thermal paste, case fans... they even provide some of the cooling solutions for nVidia and AMD graphics cards.

Trust me, these brands won't go away just because they aren't #1 in PSU sails. They have footing in many other places. But I love competition no matter what the situation, because my wallet feels at ease while companies are fighting to get a chance at the funds within.
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OCZ has gone away from the RAM business to focus on SSD's, but your point is still valid thumb.gif
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But then again who isn't leaving the ram business these days? Only AMD would think now would be a great time to get into it, with profit margins so razor thin.
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But then again who isn't leaving the ram business these days? Only AMD would think now would be a great time to get into it, with profit margins so razor thin.

AMD is good at not making a lot of money, I can't see why they wouldn't pick now to hop in!
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