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PSU Preference?: Modular cables or High Efficiency?

Poll Results: PSU Preferences? What is the most Influential in your decision?

Poll expired: Jul 2, 2008  
  • 50% (10)
    High Efficiency rating?
  • 40% (8)
    Modular Cables?
  • 10% (2)
    Warranty- Lifetime or Limited?
20 Total Votes  
post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Just throwing this out there for your esteemed input:

Would you rather have a PSU that has modular cables- for cleanliness-
or
a PSU with high efficiency rating?
and what about the warranty?

I'm asking as I have a Ultra X2 750W (Lifetime Warranty ) (only upper 70% efficiency tho! )
and I just got a CoolerMaster RS-700-AAAA-A3 Ultimate rated at 87% (Only 5 Year Warranty tho )
Review Yeah.. I know, the review is for the 900W! (which rates Silver-88.14% while the 700W only rates Bronze-87.93% )
Quote:
While many users are familiar with the 80plus logo, there are actually four different flavors. 80plus is reached once efficiency remains at 80% of higher at 20%, 50% and 100% power load. 80plus Bronze requires 82%, 85% and 82" efficiency at the same 20%, 50% and 100%. The 80plus Silver standard, as reached by Coolermaster’s new UCP 900W, has to maintain 85%, 88%, 85% and 80plus Gold can only be reached at 87%, 90% and 87% power efficiency. No power supply unit has ever reached this yet.
80 plus PSU list
& Vender breakout
Only 83/649 PSUs rate that well! (only 649 out of thousands produced- even qualify @ 80%)

(566/74/9/0)-(standard 80%/Bronze/Silver/Gold)

CM has (16/2/1/0) Two Bronze -1100W and 700W(Mine)- and the Silver 900W;
No Gold from anybody! Yet!

So, High Efficiency -vs- Modular, and Lifetime Warranty -vs- Limited?
Which to use in my next build?
Cheers
Thanks for your input


Ultra X2 750W Spec Sheet
(+5V 28A, +3.3V 24A, +12V1 25A, +12V2 25A, -12V 0.8A, +5VSB 2.5A)
+/- 5% regulation (up to 10% @ peak load on +12V)and 50 & 120 mV Ripple.
Step-load up to 20% peak; and 17ms hold-up time.
75% Efficiency max at 25 deg C

CM 700W UCP Ultimate (Very Minimalist "User's Guide"
(+3.3V 22A, +5V 22A, +12V1 19A, +12V2 19A, +12V3 18A, +12V4 19A, -12V 0.5A, +5VSB 3.0A)
Dosn't list much stats except:
hold-up time 17ms & Efficiency >87%
Protection OVP/UVP/OCP/OPP/OTP/SCP


[Edit] Please do not recommend Other PSU's - The poll is regarding preferences and I'm asking about your priorities- NOT about a PSU purchase recommendation!
I already Own both the Ultra and the CoolerMaster -M'kaayyy

Edited by SpcCdr - 6/22/08 at 11:05am
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post #2 of 18
Corsair CMPSU 620w, it's modular, and extremly efficent.

If thats not powerful enough, they have a $1000 watt version.
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post #3 of 18
EFFICIENT!!!! zip tie unused cables and throw it behind the motherboard tray. Why pay more money for power consumption for looks?
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post #4 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Corsair CMPSU 620w, it's modular, and extremly efficent.

If thats not powerful enough, they have a $1000 watt version.
And to add the HX520
post #5 of 18
high efficiency rating less of a cost on the power bills
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilsquirtle View Post
EFFICIENT!!!! zip tie unused cables and throw it behind the motherboard tray. Why pay more money for power consumption for looks?

Or you can go with PC P&C 750 watt, or a corsir 650 or 750TX model if you want high quality power for low price.

I don't like Ultra PSU's, their... Finiky.
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post #7 of 18
I prefer high quality and reliability above all else. The PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 860 is rated for 200,000 MTBF, the next most reliable PSU? DA850, 100,000 MTBF
post #8 of 18
Whatever
Edited by kpo6969 - 6/22/08 at 11:05am
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussianGrimmReaper View Post
I prefer high quality and reliability above all else. The PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 860 is rated for 200,000 MTBF, the next most reliable PSU? DA850, 100,000 MTBF
Those are the biggest two factors for me too. Efficiency comes in at a distant 3rd.

Modular cables are NEVER a factor for me, mainly because I don't mind taking apart a PSU and cutting out the cables I don't need.
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post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!
Please do not recommend any other "superior" PSUs! (although, If you check the efficiency ratings- there aren't many on par with the CM)
If you read the post: It's between the two PSUs I already own!
I was just putting out some "general opinion" feelers!

I think I am leaning towards the high efficiency CoolerMaster- I guess I have just been spoiled with the clean "Modular" nature of my Ultra!
(low strife- I have never had a problem with any of them- and I have used quite a few of their different models- great product, great warranty (I think- never needed to use it!), and great customer service- Only downside is the efficiency)
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