Anyone have any good longevity or failure results?
I build, sell and then support custom computers as an independent IT guy. So I have some insights on these units.
In March 2014 I started buying both the 430w and 500w EVGA PSUs (100-W1-0430-KR and 100-W1-0500-KR).
I've bought 23 from Newegg and 14 from Amazon, totalling 37. I still have one on the shelf unopened, so I can speak for the 36 that I've used.
First of all, none have failed since then or been DOA from the vendor to begin with.
I only use these in standard business workstations or home computers with integrated motherboard graphics, or very weak added cards which don't require dedicated power. All my gamer builds get much more serious power supplies because I'm a gamer myself and learned that lesson a long time ago. I also carry and offer my home customers a choice between these and one which I charge $150 for (I mark up about 30%, standard business practice) - and lots of times residential people pay this even at over twice the price because they understand the concept of quality and treat it like an upgrade. I especially never condone gamers or overclockers use a budget power supply.
I was disappointed to read this article and learn that HEC makes these. But I've had nothing but great results in my non-enthusiast and non-gamer builds. As the owner of this very small business, it helps me keep costs down and compete a little better.
I did run across a scenario where I couldn't use either of these power supplies and had to swap out a different brand. I used a case (Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-MINI-R2-BL-W) with fan selector switch that consistently crashed when using the switch. Changing to the only other power supply I had on the shelf at the time (Sentey 725w XPP725-HS) resolved it.
I will happily continue to stick with this PSU as my budget pick. But this was a great article that confirms I'm doing the right thing by keeping it as my lowest tier offering.
Thanks, and I hope this helps.