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post #11 of 16
I should point out that while Eagle1337's system draws only 380w, and you may be puzzled by a 460 that isn't cutting for yours....the reason is noise and power quality.

A really good 400, like a Corsair 400, might even manage to power that system, but at such a close margin that the unit would age more rapidly than a 500 of similar design.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by JVene View Post
I should point out that while Eagle1337's system draws only 380w, and you may be puzzled by a 460 that isn't cutting for yours....the reason is noise and power quality.

A really good 400, like a Corsair 400, might even manage to power that system, but at such a close margin that the unit would age more rapidly than a 500 of similar design.
Yeah the elite 460w does i think 420w max before it just dies.
post #13 of 16
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So is it just a marketing thing that they advertise it to be 460w? Maybe a dumb question.....but anyway. Thanks for the information, it was very useful.
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post #14 of 16
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So is it just a marketing thing that they advertise it to be 460w? Maybe a dumb question.....but anyway. Thanks for the information, it was very useful.
nah, it's just cooler master being scum.
post #15 of 16
Actually your question is more interesting that just a subject of marketing.


There is no standardized meaning behind the claim of wattage on a power supply. The company is free to use whatever "metric" they wish. It can't be so obviously false as to be impossible to get the rated power, but beyond that there is nothing required of the meaning.

For a good company, like Corsair, they mean it will provide the rated power at a reasonable noise for a usable duration at normal operating temperatures (like 90f or more).

For a "lesser" company, it can literally mean that you'll get the rated power for a few seconds, with too much noise for a computer to actually operate, and if the temperature isn't as cold as winter, the unit will not start shooting sparks for at least a few seconds.

When I say literally, I mean...smoke, crackle, pop...maybe 10 minutes, maybe 10 seconds.
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