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Looking for another modular PSU with a quiet fan. Those rookies at Corsair needs to make an HX750 and 850

Is this Zalman any good?
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I've heard pretty good things, but you can get an Antec Truepower Quattro for $10 more. The Silverstone ST75F is a good deal at $120 as well.
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That Zalman looks pretty solid.

I just got the Thermaltake W0116RU 750W as my PSU. I purchased during the whole CyberMonday event and ever since I have been more than impressed by its quietness and performance for my system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153038

My only complaint with it is that the Main 20+4 pin power connector is bunched with a PCI-E connector which is not modular and for my system it didn't really work around my GTX 260 since I needed two of them. Otherwise that PSU will provide what your looking for in terms of the modular ability and the super quiet fan.

P.S. (5 Years Limited Manufacturer Warranty) Just something to think about.
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I have a zalman and couldn't be happier. Rock solid!
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The Zalman is a good PSU. It is built on the FSP Epsilon which I am not a fan of but they have tweaked it so it doesn't have the ripple problems: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/661/1. It only has two PCI-E connectors so you would have to use adapters if you ever went to a multi card setup. But I do know the Zalman is one of the quietest PSUs. Since fan noise is a big issue lemme have a look around to see how the Zalman's competitors do and see if there are any better deals for ya.
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The Zalman is a good PSU. It is built on the FSP Epsilon which I am not a fan of but they have tweaked it so it doesn't have the ripple problems: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/661/1. It only has two PCI-E connectors so you would have to use adapters if you ever went to a multi card setup. But I do know the Zalman is one of the quietest PSUs. Since fan noise is a big issue lemme have a look around to see how the Zalman's competitors do and see if there are any better deals for ya.

Thanks shinji, very much appreciated
2 PCI-E connectors shouldnt be a problem either. If I do decide to Xfire then worst case scenario I have to buy adapters, but I doubt I will.
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I have heard lots of good things about the Zalman, and it's very quiet. However, just as another suggestion, I am going to throw out the Silverstone 750W Decathlon. After MIR, this is $40 less than I paid, and I feel that it is worth every penny I spent on it. It can support pretty much anything short of RADI5 Raptors w/ CF 4870 X2s, is ridiculously stable, has a great modular system, great cable sleeving, and is quiet, too. Plus, it comes with a whole lot of connectors (4 6-Pins, 6 SATA power, an 8-pin for good measure) Definitely look into it.

Silverstone 750W Decathlon: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6017&Tpk=da750
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I am considering the DA750, but I was not sure if it were a quiet PSU. Thanks pow3trip
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I always hate rummaging around for reviews on fan noise. SPCR has a good setup but a poor selection of reviews. Anandtech also does some decent noise measurements but they never seem to have reviewed a PSU I need info on. Just about everyone else only provide subjective results which are only helpful to a point.

Okay, so you want a new PSU because your current Ultra is too loud? Does the fan ramp up too fast even if you are idling? I haven't really heard of anyone complaining about the fan being too loud on those models. Sure, it is noticeable but I would say it is average. As long as it isn't a defective fan, getting better than average fan noise and be modular and be of decent quality won't be easy. Like I said earlier, the Zalman is a good PSU but not my first choice and for $140 it's not the best deal. Unfortunately, getting a PSU that is certain to be silent at most loads you will only be going up in price. The DA700 and Silencer M12-700 are from what I can find are the most silent in this power range. If you didn't need modular I can attest to the BFG ES-800 being very quiet running a OCed quad and an 4870. It can also be had for a very good price.
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post #10 of 11
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I always hate rummaging around for reviews on fan noise. SPCR has a good setup but a poor selection of reviews. Anandtech also does some decent noise measurements but they never seem to have reviewed a PSU I need info on. Just about everyone else only provide subjective results which are only helpful to a point.

Okay, so you want a new PSU because your current Ultra is too loud? Does the fan ramp up too fast even if you are idling? I haven't really heard of anyone complaining about the fan being too loud on those models. Sure, it is noticeable but I would say it is average. As long as it isn't a defective fan, getting better than average fan noise and be modular and be of decent quality won't be easy. Like I said earlier, the Zalman is a good PSU but not my first choice and for $140 it's not the best deal. Unfortunately, getting a PSU that is certain to be silent at most loads you will only be going up in price. The DA700 and Silencer M12-700 are from what I can find are the most silent in this power range. If you didn't need modular I can attest to the BFG ES-800 being very quiet running a OCed quad and an 4870. It can also be had for a very good price.
Ya, the fan is thermally controlled and has a max RPM of 2000, which is what it is running at 24/7. The fan is about as loud as my Antec Tri Cool fans on high, so about 29-30dB. I wonder if I could just throw in another 140mm fan for it instead of buying a whole new PSU.
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