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Is it worthwhile to go Platinum, or stay at Gold?

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I plan to purchase a new PSU for my main rig, I have been looking at the options available for my budget, and i'm aiming to get a 850-1kw PSU with at least gold efficiency. Thing is, for a couple bucks more, i could get a Platinum-rated PSU. Is it worth it in terms of power quality and current draw in general?
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Gold vs Platinum is sort of subjective, the rating means something to some people who want the best. For those who really know its nice and all, but the premium isn't worth it usually since there's a wide variety of PSUs out there that are pretty solid depending on the model regardless of efficiency. So in the end, pocket the extra money you'd have spent getting the platinum unit and just go for a solid gold or even bronze rated since it's just penny's saved in electricity.


Edited by Yumyums - 8/22/12 at 2:50pm
post #3 of 7
Efficiency is only really worth considering for PC's that are going to be folding 24/7 at a constant, high level of load. Under normal use you will see almost no difference or benefit from having a platinum rated PSU over a gold one. Also, the efficiency has nothing to do with the overall quality of power being delivered to the components, it only refers to how much power is wasted as heat in the conversion from AC from the wall into DC for the components.

But as mentioned above, just pocket what you would spend on a platinum unit because in the end it's really not saving you much at all.
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Originally Posted by bR0ken_pr0Jector View Post

Efficiency is only really worth considering for PC's that are going to be folding 24/7 at a constant, high level of load. Under normal use you will see almost no difference or benefit from having a platinum rated PSU over a gold one. Also, the efficiency has nothing to do with the overall quality of power being delivered to the components, it only refers to how much power is wasted as heat in the conversion from AC from the wall into DC for the components.
But as mentioned above, just pocket what you would spend on a platinum unit because in the end it's really not saving you much at all.

Well my visa platinum works pretty well, on the other hand Xbox live gold allows you do certain things. So platinum or gold should work fine
post #5 of 7
the difference between gold and platinum is different color sticker...

the real question is which has higher quality. 80+ has been slacking in their testing methodology. alot of the time manufactures cheat by sending cherry picked PSU's to be rated. (some even send in fake units that has nothing to do with the actual unit that will carry the sticker). do your research and find the highest quality PSU rather then depending on a sticker that doesn't really mean a whole lot in actual performance.

worse yet... some manufacture just put stickers on their PSU while never ever been tested by 80+ to begin with biggrin.gif
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Thanks everyone. I know about the 80+ testing procedures (like testing at 20-25c, what computer runs that cold anyways?) and i know how to choose a good PSU (and a good brand as well) but i wanted to know if the platinum sticker and the extra 2% efficiency mattered, and considering the prices, it does not (at least for me). Thanks again smile.gif
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I don't know if you are familiar with the units, but NZXT HALE90 PSUs are extremely nice, and JohnnyGuru agrees. The 850W, which is what I have and thus what I have read the most reviews of (out of the line up) is essentially a Platinum unit at most load levels, it just came out when Gold was the highest level. Also, at least at the time it was tested, it apparently was one of the best ever performers @ 50C, managing to pump out 1088W with very little ripple. Considering it's an 850W unit that's pretty awesome. The way I see it, you get Platinum for the cost of Gold...
   
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