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Why you should not buy a Corsair VS / Thermaltake SMART SE / Thermaltake TR2 Challenger / Bitfenix BPA

post #1 of 12
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Before i begin i would like to clear things up before anyone becomes confused and that this thread is about the Corsair VS and NOT the Cooler Master VS.
The Cooler Master VS also known as just the V series are a great series, the Corsair VS is not and the reason for that will be talked about below.


Hope that clears that up.

Moving on the Corsair VS is meant for regions that use 200-240v power which means you cant find these in the US.

Most places that sell them seems to be in the EU in India and parts of Southeast Asia and also Australia, India and Southeast Asia seem to have a lack or shortage of high end units so the VS seems to be really common there.

Both of the Corsair VS and the non 80 plus rated Thermaltake SMART SE series and the Thermaltake TR2 Challenger uses the CWT GPM platform and so does the Thermaltake TR2 Challenger

The main limitation with the GPM is its about very basic and barebone as you can get
Anyway as you can see this really is tiny and basic and most of parts uses are second or even third rate taiwanese and chinese parts

VS


SMART SE

Info and pictures from hardwareinsights (Click to show)


Some of the secondary side capacitors are made by Aishi, but most are from CapXon – a brand renowned for poor quality capacitors. Even in an entry level product, it surprises me that Corsair would be brave enough to use them, as I have had to fix plenty of devices with failed CapXon capacitors which weren’t very old. Even Teapo and OST capacitors are generally considered to be more reliable than CapXon.

Now the GPM uses a group regulated setup which means the voltage regulation is not going to be all that great (i saw 2,25% on hardwareinsights)
Both the SMART SE and VS also seems to be limited to work at or below 35c and 40c, most higher end units are rated to work at 50c.

The efficiency on the Corsair VS is also very low and range from about 78% to 83% which is barely 80 plus.

Now to end this thread the GPM is not the worst platform ever made nor is going to blow up in a shower of sparks and fireworks.
If you own one of thse (either a Corsair VS or a non 80 plus rated Thermaltake SMART SE) and you use it in any sort of gaming and/or overclocking PC you should get rid of it

These are cheap for a reason and should only be used in basic PC´s what wont see any hard stress or overclocks.
Last these only comes with a 3 year warranty which is not very long.
Edited by shilka - 8/5/17 at 1:23am
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Didn't Cooler Master file some sort of claim against the Corsair VS series or was it the other way around?

To reiterate what shilka has said, these units are not those horrible units that will sometime within a year of use explode or will claim parts of your PC when the power goes out. These units are just much lower quality than what you would like to have in a PSU that is supposed to run high end components. This is fine for office type PCs that are something like a 950 + i3, but not for a rig with an overclocked i5 and a 970. Sure it would run fine, but it's just not cut out for it.
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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

Didn't Cooler Master file some sort of claim against the Corsair VS series or was it the other way around?

To reiterate what shilka has said, these units are not those horrible units that will sometime within a year of use explode or will claim parts of your PC when the power goes out. These units are just much lower quality than what you would like to have in a PSU that is supposed to run high end components. This is fine for office type PCs that are something like a 950 + i3, but not for a rig with an overclocked i5 and a 970. Sure it would run fine, but it's just not cut out for it.
It was Corsair that sued Cooler Master over the VS name so they had to change it to V (or Vanguard in some areas)
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Ah, that's right. That's why depending on location, the unit was either called "V550" or "V550S"
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tongue.gif one more reason i am happy about being in the us! no crappy psus for us !
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tongue.gif one more reason i am happy about being in the us! no crappy psus for us !

Yeh but we get 10A 240V AC (ie 2400W) at our standard power outlets Downunder whereas you guys only have a measly 15A 120V [1800W].....biggrin.gif
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and? i also have 208 and i have a 70a circuit run 14560w~! - and no i am not kitdding, this is just for meh pcs !



also we have 20a circuits as well ( 2400w )
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and?

It allows switchmode supplies to generally run at higher efficiencies due to our higher input voltage.

But I agree in regards to the power supply in the OP - they are pretty crappy, just built to a price I guess.
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Stealth edited reread it
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tongue.gif one more reason i am happy about being in the us! no crappy psus for us !
On the other hand you got plenty of crap in the US like all the cheap and god awful units from the likes of Coolmax / Diablotek / Logisys / Rosewill and Ultra and god knows what else.
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