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Is Cougar a reliable manufacturer of power supplies?

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I bought the Cougar CMX 700w power supply about a week ago, it is a semi-modular power supply and it seems to work very well. I have no plans of overclocking(if I'll upgrade to a K series chip) or running two cards in SLI for now but if ever I do, will it be enough to power the additional card? Thank you!
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I think the better question you need to ask yourself is if your power supply wattage can handle the additional load that comes from overclocking. While reliability matters, you should be more concerned about the extra power draw of all of your components. With that being said, none of us will be able to help you unless you tell us what kind of system you're running. What kind of CPU do you have? What kind of VGA cards? Are there pumps in the computer? A significant number of fans maybe? All of this factors into calculating wattage and power draw. Depending on the power supply, you should also be wary of the maximum amps per rail (12V rail). The power supply cannot exceed the maximum amp draw per rail or else it won't power the cards properly.

 

However, Cougar is a fairly reliable mid-range power supply manufacturer, with 30A on each 12V rail, so you should be fine overclocking mid-range cards.

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I think the better question you need to ask yourself is if your power supply wattage can handle the additional load that comes from overclocking. While reliability matters, you should be more concerned about the extra power draw of all of your components. With that being said, none of us will be able to help you unless you tell us what kind of system you're running. What kind of CPU do you have? What kind of VGA cards? Are there pumps in the computer? A significant number of fans maybe? All of this factors into calculating wattage and power draw. Depending on the power supply, you should also be wary of the maximum amps per rail (12V rail). The power supply cannot exceed the maximum amp draw per rail or else it won't power the cards properly.

However, Cougar is a fairly reliable mid-range power supply manufacturer, with 30A on each 12V rail, so you should be fine overclocking mid-range cards.

My CPU is an Intel i5 2400, but I'm planning to upgrade to a K-series chip in the future. I have a GTX650ti now and I think its one of the mid-range cards you were talking about.. I have an air-cooled CPU, two 120mm intake fans, and another two 120mm exhaust fans.. My system doesn't draw much power but I was only curious for the reliability because I do lots of rendering and video encoding and I'm scared the PSU might fail on me in a big way.. Thank you for your response though, it really helped me biggrin.gif
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Good I'm glad!

 

Yeah like I said, Cougar is about mid-range. If it fails on you relatively soon, I'd be very suprised. They make decent cases and fans as well. If you are really, really, really, concerned about reliability, go with a Corsair or a Seasonic (Seasonic being pretty much the top dog). Both of those power supplies will last you years after year, and I believe the Corsair AX line has a 5 year warranty. That being said, it probably isn't necessary. Just stating the facts thumb.gif

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