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Was surfin gizmodo and this caught my eye!

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/pcs/earth...tly-222377.php

PSU that starts off at 50 bucks with guaranteed 80% effiency and higher! Gets 17A on each 12V rail too which isn't bad either.
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http://www.silentpcreview.com/article684-page1.html

From the looks of things, this is a very decent PSU in that price range. I don't know if they've managed to oust the 400w FSP's Sparkle, but they certainly have produced something that eliminates the need to consider a lot of PSUs.

The big negative SPCR mentioned was that the fan motor had an irritating hum...but being able to hear the motor hum over the rest of the fan could be considered a tribute to its silence as well.

If I remember right(it's been a while since I read the review), the reviewer found it humourous that these "green" power supplies have PCIe connectors. He was also disappointed that it didn't explode when he sent odd voltages through it.

If you have the money, the obvious choice is to go with a totally silent NEO HE. It has the benefit of its wattages being rated at 50C rather than 25C, but this does open new doors for high-efficiency lower-end machines.
     
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post #3 of 16
$5 worth in my book. It's an Antec, enough said.
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My antec Neo HE 550 has served me well for over a year now...
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yea, they should put those in low-end dells, and since dell gets parts cheaper, it could get them for $20 and brand it themselves.
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I just ordered the Enermax 500w modular to be 1 of my 2 PSUs. 32amps combined on the 12v+.
    
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Nasgul View Post
$5 worth in my book. It's an Antec, enough said.
What's wrong with antec? My smartpower 2.0 and all others I've dealt with have worked perfectly.
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post #8 of 16
For Intel systems, it's always best to use a PSU with single +12V.

Also, I got burn twice with Antec PSUs. I did have a 3rd. PSU, the Smart Power 2.0 500W but I believe that the cause for my OC not to be stable was the PSU, then the OCZ PowerStream took care of that and I was able to achieve speeds I hadn't before.

And also the infamous NeoHE 550W which end up being a fiasco and unfortunately I was a victim of their fiasco.

Even if Antec were to put out a 1000W PSU with a single +12V rail for $250 or less, I wouldn't buy it nor recommend it, for as long as there's PC Power & Cooling, there's no reason to buy a different brand, but this is my opinion based on all the PSUs I've ever had and it's a shame OCZ only put out a very good PSU, the one and only PowerStream 520W.
post #9 of 16
Antec has always done good by me. None of the 5 Antec PSUs have done me wrong in the 3+ years I have had them (2 of them supporting crazy overclocked systems).
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post #10 of 16
I'll stick with my Seasonic S12. The efficiency is way up there, and it's got lots of power and stability...

might not be 50 bucks...but what is? lol
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