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post #1 of 11
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We just had two brief blackouts in quick succession, so I've decided to get a UPS. I've got my sig rig plus an Atom D525-based file server, so something in the 350W-450W range should be fine for a quick automated shutdown.

Looking at my options, I noticed this unit at newegg. It has no reviews, and I'm not sure about the brand. But the warranty matches CyberPower and the features are good, so I figure it's just competitively priced.

Would getting this be a mistake?
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post #2 of 11
That's actually a very good price for a 800VA line interactive unit, the simulated sine wave can cause "compatibility" issues... but you'll know that right away and return it if that's the case.
post #3 of 11
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Cool, thanks.

Regarding simulated sine/active PFC issues, this problem seems occasional enough to warrant the purchase.

Pulling the trigger! thumb.gif
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post #4 of 11
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UPDATE

So I got the unit. It's nice and heavy, seems well put together, but I'm concerned by this sticker:



And I have no idea whether that's indicative of a simple square wave, or what. A post somewhere said 48% was normal, so I tested the unit.

A preliminary test of just unplugging it while an old laptop was plugged in showed that it still provided power.

The main test was unplugging it while my main computer was plugged in and powered on. It worked, however my power supply started making a faint buzzing noise. mad.gif The noise continued after AC was restored to the UPS, and I found that it was a slight rattling of the PSU against the chassis... and the jiggling treatment silenced it.

I'm not sure what to do at this point. My PSU seems to have stopped vibrating, and I could just test the automatic shutdown feature and call it good enough, assuming it works. But I was hoping to get some feedback on whether I should return the UPS: is this experience indicative of a serious incompatibility with my power supply?
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post #5 of 11
Define "a serious incompatibility" smile.gif... if the noise isn't bothering you than keep it, if it does that you need to consider a pure sine wave units (~500$?).
post #6 of 11
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Sure, by "serious incompatiblity" I mean causing a degradation of my power supply at more than 10 times the normal rate during normal 250W loads.

As for pure sine wave, it looks like CyberPower is making units which use a non-square approximation of a sine wave, which is at a reasonable price point and should work well. But it costs twice as much as Mr. Sparkle, so...
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CyberPower CP850PFCLCD UPS 
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post #7 of 11
Don't worry about "degradation"... and no, it's still a simulated sine wave, it's not worth the trouble.
post #8 of 11
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So it won't go boom?
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Crucial M4 SSD WDC WD5000ABYS-01TNA0  Corsair Neutron GTX 240 Prolimatech Genesis w/2 TY-141 
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Ducky Shine II with MX Clear switches XFX PRO550W Lian Li PC-100 Razer Diamondback 
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CyberPower CP850PFCLCD UPS 
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Intel Atom D525 Gigabyte GA-525TUD WD Caviar Black 1TB WD Caviar Black 1TB 
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Western Digitial 320GB IDE Maxtor 200GB IDE Hitachi 120GB 2.5" Boot Drive Mac OSX 10.7.5 
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post #9 of 11
if it does there's always the RMA route.. tongue.gif
post #10 of 11
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For something I expect to use 2 times per year, I think it's ok. Back to testing!

Thanks!
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Crucial M4 SSD WDC WD5000ABYS-01TNA0  Corsair Neutron GTX 240 Prolimatech Genesis w/2 TY-141 
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Mac OSX 10.8.3 Windows 7 Defective Korean POS 2560x1440 IPS Asus VE276Q 1920x1080 TN 27" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II with MX Clear switches XFX PRO550W Lian Li PC-100 Razer Diamondback 
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CyberPower CP850PFCLCD UPS 
CPUMotherboardHard DriveHard Drive
Intel Atom D525 Gigabyte GA-525TUD WD Caviar Black 1TB WD Caviar Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Western Digitial 320GB IDE Maxtor 200GB IDE Hitachi 120GB 2.5" Boot Drive Mac OSX 10.7.5 
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SeaSonic SS-300ES 300W 80+ Bronze Active PFC PowerMac G4 "Gigabit Ethernet" SYBA SY-PCI40010 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570k 4.8GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Asus GTX 660 OC 16GB Samsung 30nm DDR3 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 SSD WDC WD5000ABYS-01TNA0  Corsair Neutron GTX 240 Prolimatech Genesis w/2 TY-141 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Mac OSX 10.8.3 Windows 7 Defective Korean POS 2560x1440 IPS Asus VE276Q 1920x1080 TN 27" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II with MX Clear switches XFX PRO550W Lian Li PC-100 Razer Diamondback 
Other
CyberPower CP850PFCLCD UPS 
CPUMotherboardHard DriveHard Drive
Intel Atom D525 Gigabyte GA-525TUD WD Caviar Black 1TB WD Caviar Black 1TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Western Digitial 320GB IDE Maxtor 200GB IDE Hitachi 120GB 2.5" Boot Drive Mac OSX 10.7.5 
PowerCaseOther
SeaSonic SS-300ES 300W 80+ Bronze Active PFC PowerMac G4 "Gigabit Ethernet" SYBA SY-PCI40010 
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