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These enthusiast power supplies we all have (high-end Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Enermax, Silverstone, etc.) can take a lot more abuse than you think. I have tell people this a lot. These are heavy duty, precision engineered electron pushers, not tinker toys.

While you can't trust your average cheap or OEM power supply so much, and you can't trust a generic as far as you can throw it... A high-end enthusiast grade power supply is engineered with massive safety margins. Take the Corsair VX550. That's a CWT PSH, and Rocketfish/Best Buy took that same PSU (w/ minor modifications, nothing important) and rated it as a 700W and it can hold that rating within ATX specs.

When you buy a high-end PSU you aren't just buying reliability and performance, you're buying your headroom right there. Some people say, "Well the TX750 can push 900W, so when I buy it I'm getting a 900W PSU". That defeats the purpose. The purpose is that you can treat it as a 750W PSU and draw that amount from it long-term, for extended periods, while a cheap 750W might eventually break. That's part of the reason for buying a high-end PSU, instead of something just adequate, like an OCZ ModXStream or a Rosewill RV2 or a CM Silent Pro.

When you buy a high end enthusiast power supply, especially one that I can vouch for, you should know that you're buying into more than just a name. You're buying a machine, and one that's a lot tougher than the typical dreck you might have used before. So don't be afraid to use it for what it's intended for. Forget about "extra headroom", forget about babying your PSU or keeping some massive unnecessary safety margin. Go ahead, get that second Fermi and go wild. Most of you have already paid for that ability, so make the most of it.
post #2 of 34
Nice read! All hail the PSU god.
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post #3 of 34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocstar96;12194280 
All hail the PSU god.

I'm not, now stop it. I'm just one of a few who've taken the time to learn this stuff.
post #4 of 34
For those of you who don't know Phaedrus heed his words! His articles, posts, and reviews were incredibly helpful when I was starting out here!
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Quote:
Go ahead, get that second Fermi and go wild.

I love that part biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by rocstar96;12194280 
Nice read! All hail the PSU god.

^^ this wheee.gif
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A good analogy I like to think of is two different cars, one a Ford Festiva and the other a Corvette. Cruising along the freeway at 80 MPH, the Festiva is trying as hard as it can but can do 80 when pushed. The Corvette might not even need to shift out of 3rd if it didn't want to. So running the Corvette and Festiva in their highest gear, the Corvette will be much less stressed and as such, will be more comfortable (better ripple, etc.) while also lasting longer since it is designed to actually handle at those speeds, not just reach it like the Festiva.
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I wonder where the inspiration for this article came from Phaedrus? rolleyes.gif

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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocstar96;12194296 
I love that part biggrin.gif

I wonder where that came from? confused.gif Hehe.

SLI GTX 570s here I come! wheee.gif
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post #9 of 34
Again a great post my good sir. >.> When I get to, I am pulling 2 560s with my rig in the future biggrin.gif
 
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A good message as always. biggrin.gif
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