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I looked up the review for the 700w and it looks NICE. Though it didn't hit the 80 PLUS Gold Certification as the sites state, due to the product being certified at 230v rather than 115v, it does hold the rating of Silver Certified which is fantastic.

Can anyone else here add to this? I'm tempted to buy one. I understand they're probably pretty damn overpriced but when a 700w PSU can handle a load of 974w without problems or noise issues, I think we have a deal. biggrin.gif
     
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lol, I just looked at that JG review.
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Which 700w model?

And a 700w PSU can only handle 700w, nothing more. (Sometimes less in the case of bad units.)

Most of the time there are better units out there for the price, when comparing to a cougar.
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That's not necessarily true. A 1200w Antec PSU was powering four GTX 480s and some other CPU overclocked to hell and back and it was supposedly pulling around 1700w. The rated power is usually the power they're trying to reach. Some make it, most don't, and some manage to hit it on the spot and keep going. I mean, there are a couple out there that will handle a good four hundred watts over their rated capacity. Is this safe to do? Absolutely not, however I don't see this as something that's THAT bad. I find it a bonus in all honesty.

My OCZ can handle 600.4 watts. Anything more than that and it shuts off. However, this is expected as I never thought OCZ was that amazing anyway, but it does the job. ^^
     
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The Antec units that have pulled more than they rated were units picked by Antec to do so and had protections disabled.

Though if it's pulling 1700w, and it's a 1200w PSU then that means it's 70% efficient. Unless you mean it was outputting 1700w.

In either case, PSU's have OPP & OCP to stop them from running too high over their rated wattage. And even good PSU's can have voltage or ripple fall out of spec when overloaded.

Many other units loose efficiency sharply when overloaded.

In any case; a 700w PSU is only rated to do 700w and it's only going to do 700w. To add onto that matter, I wouldn't over load a Cougar ever. They normally have high 3.3v ripple and when overloaded could toast your RAM.
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I don't think we're thinking about the same Cougar PSUs then. the reviews I've seen show little rippling on the 3.3v portion. And yes I meant outputting 1700w. My bad.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;13176577 
I don't think we're thinking about the same Cougar PSUs then. the reviews I've seen show little rippling on the 3.3v portion. And yes I meant outputting 1700w. My bad.
Yes, but the question is what Cougar unit are you looking at?

Cougar PowerX, CMX, SX, & GX all have high (~40mv) 3.3v ripple. They're also the only ones for sale on Newegg right now.
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post #8 of 14
I just bought the CMX700 for my backup Phenom rig so hopefully its decent. It was only $70 on sale so I had to buy it to test it out. Besides, they are German designed so they can't be that bad.
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On the Antecs over >1200W:

NickShih disabled OPP on a TPQ-1200OC and managed to draw 1400W out of it as a publicity stunt.

Antec "supposedly" tested the HCP-1200 up to 1700WDC, and up to 2700WDC peak (on 230VAC input, of course). NickShih then managed to pull 1500W out of one of those units, before running out of hardware and cables to power the hardware with.
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They are HEC/Compucase built units. HEC does pretty good work in the OEM market, but the Cougars are by no means extraordinary, but they are by no means bad. Kind of normal, and a little to pricey. They look nice though, if you have something to match it...biggrin.gif
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