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NOTE: This PSU that I'm' referring to is being used in a rig @ my work... the MAIN rig @ my work.


I came to work this morning to find the rig off... I though that was strange. We never turn off the rig. Anyways, I try to turn it on via the power button... no go. I'm like s--- the PSU went. So I jump it, it turns on. Plug the 20-pin back in, hit the power button, turns on.

As soon as I boot into Windows, I install Speedfan... OMGWT*BBQ!!! +5VSB is showing 3.5V!!!

Thank you Raidmax... I'm gonna talk to my boss about getting another PSU. I'm just glad the HDD didn't go with it.
    
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Everyone shake your fists menacingly at Raidmax... Tough luck mate but your lucky our cheapo PSU didn't take a few friends with it..

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While I agree you should ditch the Raidmax ASAP, be aware that software readings aren't a reliable way of monitoring the voltages a psu is supplying. The 5VSB is only responsible for standy-by (SB) power for the motherboard to remember bios settings and for wake-up functions. If you pulled the main ATX connector out and put it back it and it worked, I would suspect a loose wire or two. If there is a drop in the 5VSB output, it could well be attributed to a wire not plugged in all the way causing extra resistance and lowering the voltage.
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Well it died on my boss, so I ran out to Office Max and grabbed an Antec Basiq 350.

I popped open the Raidmax... Holy bulging caps Batman! I'm surprised it didn't start smoking when it died. It smelled, but didn't smoke. Kinda like the time when my Viewsonic P180-3 died *RIP.*
    
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The inevitable happened, just a little sooner then I expected . It sounds like the rest of the computer survived the ordeal which is always good news.
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Bfore I moded my Raidmax Smilidon I gave the 500 Watt PSU to my cousin in her penium 2 internet rig,.
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Haha there is no such thing as overkill in the PC enthusiast world.
    
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Originally Posted by legoman786 View Post
Haha there is no such thing as overkill in the PC enthusiast world.
Not even using my rig for Oregon Trail?

Hunting buffalo is so much more pwn when you have a quad core.
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well good thing you caught it!
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