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[ExtremeTech] Dell Makes World's First 80 Plus Gold Power Supplies

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First paragraph has been quoted; the rest is at the main site.

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Originally Posted by Jeremy A. Kaplan@ExtremeTech
It seems like just yesterday that 80 percent efficiency was a challenge to achieve...because it was. The efforts of the Climate Savers Initiative to raise the bar took effect in March, with the release of the 80 Plus Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards for PSUs that achieve 85, 88, and 90 percent efficiency. These demands will be a cornerstone of next year's Energy Star 5.0 specification. Dell has nevertheless just announced two units that already achieve Gold certification.
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Source: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...129TX1K0000532

If I can find a modular PSU with the lifetime warranty of the Ultra X3 I have now and 80 Plus Silver or Gold certification, I would consider upgrading.
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Good- The first people to achieve the Gold standard- Congratulations!

Now, we need Desktop Gold standard PSU's.
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Wow, that is totally awesome! For a long time I would say that using bad-quality PSUs in their systems was one factor in making Dell's systems so cheap - so close to the price of building it yourself. I'm really glad they did something like this, good advertising for sure. Hopefully they're as reliable as they are efficient.
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Now to hope that they're stable and won't explode or something under load.
Didn't CoolerMaster announce that they were the first to achieve the silver award?
    
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Originally Posted by Guruboy View Post
Wow, that is totally awesome! For a long time I would say that using bad-quality PSUs in their systems was one factor in making Dell's systems so cheap - so close to the price of building it yourself. I'm really glad they did something like this, good advertising for sure. Hopefully they're as reliable as they are efficient.
They still do make their machines with cheap power supplies. These power supplies are only used in servers, where it is much more important to have efficient and reliable parts.

The desktops are still made with extremely cheap units. And this isn't just in the consumer based products either. Take the Optiplex 620 series. They have a psu failure rate of somewhere around 30% right now.
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These are for servers only at the moment, but hopefully this trickles down to desktops.
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