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I have a OCZ Z Series 550W (80plus silver) PSU that I've owned for little less than an year, it's been a gem but recently it's been making noises so I've decided to rma it for a replacement. I've also found another psu that's caught my interest, theCooler Master Silent Pro 600W (80plus Gold) ..

Now i'm thinking if it is worth going for the Cooler Master and pay the little price premium over what I paid for the OCZ or should I stick with the OCZ? (I bought it for £60 last year).

Both Psus' come with 5 years warranty. Which one should I go with?
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2 things:

First of all. Nice picture.

2nd. I've actually been reading reviews of the said Cooler Master PSU. This one in particular. I would choose it over the OCZ psu
    
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Hmm yeh that's what I was thinking but do CoolerMaster make better Psus than OCZ?
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Originally Posted by saadkhan View Post
Hmm yeh that's what I was thinking but do CoolerMaster make better Psus than OCZ?
On the whole OCZ is probably better, since CoolerMaster's entire low end and some of their mid-range is absolutely terrible. Like the eXtremePower units, and the GX750 that fails ATX specs at 450W. And a lot of their higher end units have problems that stop them from being quite as good as the competition, and their pricing usually sucks as well.

OCZ is at least consistently decent with their current line-up, though the older StealthXStream units were a little mediocre.


In this case, unit vs. unit, the CoolerMaster is marginally better though.
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Hmm yeh that's what I was thinking but do CoolerMaster make better Psus than OCZ?
I don't know exactly, but I always read reviews of the items before I buy them. And their Pro Gold 600w seems fine
    
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The Silent Pro Gold's are pretty meh, good voltage regulation but ripple suppression is pretty sub-par by todays standards.

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Originally Posted by saadkhan View Post
Hmm yeh that's what I was thinking but do CoolerMaster make better Psus than OCZ?
As Phaedrus said, OCZ is a little more consistent and usually have nothing completely terrible, while Coolermaster have some good units, and some really bad ones.

Have you looked at this? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159920 It's superior to both of them.
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My girlfriend once said to me not to trust any brand. I think it got to me pretty well.... I've never bought a single item without investigating first. It took me 3 days to figure out that the XSPC was the best price/performance WCing kit you can get, but I bought a Hyper 212+ instead..... You really have to do your research if you're unsure of an item, and don't trust a brand.
    
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I always do my research first but I like to ask more knowledgable people for a second opinion. In case of these two I haven't really been able to find many reviews apart from that guru3d review for CM, which isn't really the best review.

As for the Antec, it's not as energy efficient as the other two and more expensive. I have a watt meter that shows me my pc power consumption and never seen it go much over 300watts even with overclocked cpu and gpu.
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I really wouldn't recommend the OCZ unit, higher-end CM units are really good. Get the CM 600W.
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Originally Posted by saadkhan View Post
I always do my research first but I like to ask more knowledgable people for a second opinion. In case of these two I haven't really been able to find many reviews apart from that guru3d review for CM, which isn't really the best review.

As for the Antec, it's not as energy efficient as the other two and more expensive. I have a watt meter that shows me my pc power consumption and never seen it go much over 300watts even with overclocked cpu and gpu.
The Antec may not be as energy efficient, but its electrical performance is far better, that is voltage regulation, ripple suppression, and transient response. The build quality is also much better.
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