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We also like to review low-end products from time to time so people with a serious budget restriction can have an idea whether it is worthwhile to buy cheap products or not. Today we are going to take an in-depth look at the Elite Power 350 W (RS-350-PSAR-I3) from Cooler Master. Can it really deliver its rated power? Is it worthwhile giving it a shot if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a power supply? Let’s see.

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I won't lie, with all the doubts in my mind, I went to reading this one with a very hopeful outlook.

You can read on to see what I got though.
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75% efficiency?
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;12166032 
75% efficiency?
It's an old Half-Bridge design you won't get much better.

Atleast it's not over rated by 100w; and can actually do what the label says.
For that matter, thank god that the label actually says it's 12v capacity.
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For the price ($35-40 is the cheapest I found with a quick google search) their as so many better units out there.
This would be a mediocre PSU 4 years ago, no reason for CM to be putting out stuff like this now.
Probably won't kill a basic home computer, but efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.
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For the price ($35-40 is the cheapest I found with a quick google search) their as so many better units out there.
This would be a mediocre PSU 4 years ago, no reason for CM to be putting out stuff like this now.
Probably won't kill a basic home computer, but efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.
It's not really mediocre, low ripple & noise values a long with 3% regulations and it's more than enough for most PC's Mom & Dad will use (Dual Core + IGP w/ 1 HDD + 1 ODD) Sure it's not going to win awards, but it's not bad.

$30 Free Shipping / No Tax is the cheapest I can find it. Though some places are selling for $25 + Tax.
Though for $60 you can get it packaged with a half decent case. That right there becomes pretty attractive when building a Mom & Pop machine.

Personally I would try to find a better deal on a unit; though extreme budget cases this is an attractive offer.

More so since I know Best Buy sells these units next to 400w Dynex's for $10 less; which can make them very attractive to some in the retail market. Considering a Antec Earthwatts is usually $20 more.
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I see they still couldn't resist lying somewhere on it...
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according to the label this unit has two +12 V rails, but this is a lie. All yellow (+12 V) wires are connected to the same spot on the printed circuit board, plus this unit doesn’t have over current protection,

A sad end to the test as well... read it to see...
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Mediocre in the sense of no active PFC, < 80% efficiency and poor cable layout.

As said, at least it can do what it is labeled as and has good ripple and noise suppression. I guess if I came across this on a really good combo deal with a case for a basic build (like $30 shipped for both), sure, but I really have issues not buying at least an 80+ PSU nowdays.

On a side note, in the case you linked to, they have the PSU mounted upside down (that case has an intake for the PSU on the panel, but the fan is pointed the wrong way in the pic). Also, that case exhausts out the front of the case, but this PSU has vents in the front and back, so it will pump heat back into the case.
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Originally Posted by blupupher;12166634 
Mediocre in the sense of no active PFC, < 80% efficiency and poor cable layout.

As said, at least it can do what it is labeled as and has good ripple and noise suppression. I guess if I came across this on a really good combo deal with a case for a basic build (like $30 shipped for both), sure, but I really have issues not buying at least an 80+ PSU nowdays.

Even for $60 with a half decent case, it's not a bad deal. They also put this PSU in another case for $60 which comes with a 120 intake & 120 exhaust and the PSU mounted up top.
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On a side note, in the case you linked to, they have the PSU mounted upside down (that case has an intake for the PSU on the panel, but the fan is pointed the wrong way in the pic). Also, that case exhausts out the front of the case, but this PSU has vents in the front and back, so it will pump heat back into the case.

The PSU in that case actually sits up a bit and can be faced either way. The way it's positioned in the case it sucks air from inside the case, and spits it out the front of the case.

It can go either way.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot;12167174 
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The PSU in that case actually sits up a bit and can be faced either way. The way it's positioned in the case it sucks air from inside the case, and spits it out the front of the case.

It can go either way.
I have that case, and their is no reason to have it the way they do. Why design a case with air inlets that are over the PSU intake fan then install the PSU with the fan pointing the other way? Makes no sense.
Although I have an EA380 in mine and that has the flow through design, so a moot point for me.

But this is off the topic of the PSU itself.
I would be very hard pressed to buy it no matter what the price (for all the reasons I stated above). You can just find better deals. I got my case for $20 shipped and the PSU for $16 AR.
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Well some people can wait for deals, others need their computer up and running right now. (Business, Personal, School, or otherwise.)
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