Originally Posted by PapaSmurf
Nope, it's the exact same psu in the JonnyGuru review. Part number RS750-ACAAE3-US v2.31. Awards are only as good as the place or person handing them out. A Newegg Award is mostly based on SALES of the unit or on PRESS reviews, not on actual testing done by a qualified reviewer with the proper equipment.
Hey thanks for replying!
I was not talking about newegg awards though, I was referring to the tech and OC sites that test these things. I use newegg for the reviews of the people who actually own it, and they were positive(any complaining was mostly because it was not modular).
Here is a link to a site that reviewed it and used some of the tests you were talking about and then gave it their silver award.
I went to your link and it was informative, but it was kind of dated, he was using a pre-production test unit. Even with that said, he still gave it good marks at the end, just not top teir, which is not that important to me.
All of the review sites that I have read have given it good marks (not stellar, think B student) and that was about 8 of them, along with the newegg reviews (4eggs, would be 5 but not modular) I am just not convinced its that bad. I do like the way Jonny phrases things though LOL.
If you have any suggestions on a 750 watt PSU, along the same price point of the Combo deal (or even SLIGHTLY more expensive than that) I would be grateful if you shared it, I am not married to this PSU by any means.
Thank you for your insight on this.
The link you posted did NOT use proper test equipment and has no way of testing ripple or noise so it's results are bogus at best.
And dated doesn't mean it's wrong. I'll take a review from JonnyGuru over any other review out there. Those guys are the most knowledgeable and have the best equipment to do proper reviews.
Phaedrus, one of the most knowledgeable people on PSU's you will find put that PSU into perspective.
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
CoolerMaster is one of those brands that everyone respects, but when you actually look closely many of their products (though not all) have an air of iffiness about them. In particular, their power supplies.
650W - 750W:
The GX series is marketed by CoolerMaster toward gamers as a budget PSU. The naming scheme is reminiscent of Corsair's "*X" nomenclature. Don't be fooled. Only the 750W model has been tested; it was found that the +3.3V ripple goes out of spec at 450W load, and the +12V goes out of spec at 550W. If you've read my articles you know that excessive ripple hinders overclocking and can damage components. Thus this is no more than a 450W power supply in real use.
The 750W's current price at Newegg is $80. Seeing as how you can get a Corsair VX450 for $65 or a SeaSonic S12II Bronze 430W for $66, that gives this Seventeam-built CoolerMaster product a null value.
That tells you how poorly most review sites do when they don't use the proper equipment they it needs to be used for a review.
I already mentioned what PSU you should get. You won't draw 500 watts with the system you have. Even with some upgrades you would be more than fine for the foreseeable future with the Antec True Power New 650.
But do what you want or make a thread in the PSU forum here and get some other opinions from some of the other people here that know PSUs. I've told you what I think and that you would be making a big mistake. That PSU can only supply 450watts of CLEAN power to your system. It might be able to put out more power than 450, but it is so far out of spec that it will cause instability, power overclocking, and can damage your other components. My advice is don't buy the second vid card and spend the money on a good PSu instead. Save up a little more and get a second vid card later.
But I'm done with this. I've told you what I think, but if you want an unstable system with cheap components go for it.
Originally Posted by Metawin
The xfx black 750w is one of the best 750w psu's out there. Also semi-modular and $99 after rebate.
But you basically no technical or customer support for them here in the USA. They may be built by Seasonic, but there is no guarantee that they haven't cheapened the components used in them, especially recently. XFX has really gone downhill lately.