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I had a 1yr old 1000w XFX Black Edition PSU (Seasonic Platinum rebrand) make a loud pop and pour smoke out of its sides when I turned the computer power on. My system consists of a 2500k and 2x7970, so I am well below the power threshold.

Is there any reason why this could have happened? It's possible I didn't seat the 24pin ATX cable correctly on the motherboard as I had just re-routed it in my case. Just wondering if this was just a faulty unit or if I could have done something negligent (always a possibility).
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I had a 1yr old 1000w XFX Black Edition PSU (Seasonic Platinum rebrand) make a loud pop and pour smoke out of its sides when I turned the computer power on. My system consists of a 2500k and 2x7970, so I am well below the power threshold.

Is there any reason why this could have happened? It's possible I didn't seat the 24pin ATX cable correctly on the motherboard as I had just re-routed it in my case. Just wondering if this was just a faulty unit or if I could have done something negligent (always a possibility).

I would try to RMA it, what you should do is also look for scorch marks on your PSU and the 24 pin connector (since you have reseated it)
post #3 of 9
Sometimes it just happens. Components go out. It will need to be replaced but you've got a 5 year warranty, so it should not cost you anything. Hopefully it did not damage anything else when it went.
post #4 of 9
Assuming you did goof something up (Unlikely) I could still top you. Last time I rerouted my cables I accidentally plugged my molex connector into my molex > sata adapter, which was on a 3 way splitter, upside down. I turned my computer on and I heard the dreadful *POP* *Sizzle.....*.

I found out after the fact that my molex adapter wasn't keyed, so that really pissed me off. I ended up killing a dvd drive, a 250gb 2.5" HDD, and a 32gb SSD all in one shot. Luckily It wasn't a big loss because the DVD drive was almost obsolete for me, the HDD had no data on it, and the ssd.. well... I miss my boot times frown.gif

I sure learned my lesson: Always check your cables before feeding them power! thumb.gif
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someone played a prank and planted a m80 firework inside?
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post #6 of 9
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Assuming you did goof something up (Unlikely) I could still top you. Last time I rerouted my cables I accidentally plugged my molex connector into my molex > sata adapter, which was on a 3 way splitter, upside down. I turned my computer on and I heard the dreadful *POP* *Sizzle.....*.

I found out after the fact that my molex adapter wasn't keyed, so that really pissed me off. I ended up killing a dvd drive, a 250gb 2.5" HDD, and a 32gb SSD all in one shot.

I sure learned my lesson: Always check your cables before feeding them power! thumb.gif

Hah, I killed a CD drive like that. I had set it up externally because I didnt have one in my system. The molex that I plugged into it was the PSU from a SATA-USB adapter. The plug was made of soft rubber and it plugged straight into the CD drive despite being keyed. It didn't pop/smoke or anything when I turned it on, the drive just bit the dust.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm just fretting about whether my SSD and 7970s are functional. It's hard to stomach such a potential loss! I'm not willing to test them out with the PSU now.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm just fretting about whether my SSD and 7970s are functional. It's hard to stomach such a potential loss!

I hope they are, pm me when you find out thumb.gif
post #9 of 9
I would guess a cap went bad, it can happen to anyone. If it was that nothing you did caused the problem.
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