Originally Posted by djsi38t
What gold units out today should be avoided?
The AX850 for starters. Worse voltage regulation and similar ripple suppression to the HX850 for $100 more? Pfaugh. The CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold units have very mediocre ripple. There are build quality concerns on the Rosewill 80+ Gold units.
80+ ensures (usually) that a power supply can do its rated wattage with a given efficiency. No more. Fortunately at present most of the companies capable of creating an 80+ Gold PSU are doing at least a semi-competent job of it. But a lot of them sacrifice performance for that high efficiency rating. The Corsair AX850 for example; I can name a half dozen 850W power supplies off the top of my head that I'd rather have. Corsair HX850, Silverstone ST85F-P, SeaSonic M12D 850W, XFX BE 850W, Antec TPQ-850, Antec SG-850. Bam.