Originally Posted by nztdm
Are Taiwan capacitors good or bad?
Japanese caps are best from what I have read.
From what I read, they're supposedly better than the Chinese caps. Chemicon/Rubycon is the best you can get. Taiwan caps are supposed to be better than the Chinese caps. The V550S uses Teapo/Suncon cap which the Teapo are considered average and the Suncon doesn't really matter because they're used on the part of the board where there's not really any stress. The Antec HCG has Rubycon caps and the Seasonic 550RT if it's anything like the G550 it'll have Chemicon or Rubycon caps but I'm not certain on the Seasonic.
Right now at $140 I'm looking at :
Superflower Golden Green HX Series (Taiwanese???)
Antec HCG 520 (Rubycon)
CM V550S (Teapo/Suncon)
Seasonic 550RT (Chemicon/Rubycon???)
That last line for that HCG though, doesn't give me much faith for prolonged gaming periods unless loads are not crazy high:
HCG-520M leaves mixed feelings. Electrically, the HCG-520M excels over ripple
suppression, displaying outstanding filtering and thus there is virtually no
ripple at all, but the regulation on the minor lines is weak, allowing the
lines to fluctuate by as much as 4.6% between 20% and maximum load. Thermally
and acoustically, the unit does perform great while nominally loaded but it
will not enjoy being heavily stressed for prolonged periods of time. Finally,
the efficiency of the HCG-520M is very good but not much better than what
anyone would expect from an 80Plus Bronze certified unit.
Probably not worth looking at any other units than these.