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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/psu-test-equipment,2657.html

Nice setup. Those Chromas don't come cheap. That equipment there probably cost more than most OCNers make in a year. I wonder how Tom's managed to afford it...

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/889/3#axzz1JFU7Cl9Z

Huh. Look familiar? I think it does. Well I'm sure there's nothing wrong with a little unprofessional conflict of interest, right? Especially if no one takes advantage of it.


Oh wait,
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-psu-efficiency,2796-9.html
Nice how they gloss over the terrible +3.3V ripple on the CoolerMaster GX750. And don't mention the transient peaks on the +12V and +5V that exceed spec. That's not important at all, right? It's just exceeding the spec by huge margins for one of the most important areas of PSU performance. And then for the CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 700W they don't even mention the 58mV +3.3V peaks.

But then they go on for several sentences chiding Cougar for going slightly out of spec on the +3.3V. Less out of spec than the GX750, but they talk about Cougar's issue much more.


You know, I wonder who's paying whom for Tom's to use that lab?
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 4/11/11 at 5:22pm
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I can't say I'm surprised tongue.gif
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That looksquite interesting I must say
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I typically don't trust any single site before buying something, I will normally grab the review from a variety of sites before making a decision as certain sites test for different things, and some are more biased towards one particular item than others.

I also check to see if there are user reviews on sites such as OCN as they have no agenda smile.gif
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It was worse before. I read the "gaming PSU" comparison article when it was first published and there was some more damning evidence, but that got removed at some point.
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Have you called them out on this (Tom's, that is) other than here? Seems disingenuous what they're doing...
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It was discussed on JonnyGURU. I only posted it here because someone tried to use a Tom's article to try to convince me that their PSU wasn't a piece of dookie.

I'd post it on the Tom's forums, but it'd get deleted instantly, I guarantee you. You're free to use my post if you'd like to give it a shot, but I'm not going to bother.
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Looks like everyone has their price..
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inb4CorsairFanboys.

Good read though Phaedrus.
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Very interesting... shame on Tom's.
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