Originally Posted by 8051
I always thought Seasonic had a rep. for high quality PSU's? Was I wrong?
This and your previous statement are two very different things
But leaving that aside (it's up to you to weigh the two and reach some conclusions about your way of thinking)?
Depends on how strict you are; personally speaking, yes, it's a brand i find respectable, but no, it's not a brand i tend to favour; but to explain:
- Hype plays a big part in this, think Asus (also going down the toilet steadily, but hype keeps it as a top seller, we've many "power" users in this very forum swearing by it). Hype dies last, so we need alsways remain informed rather than rely on it.
- You check proper reviews, not your average Youtube teenager playing with his free toys, you will often find that barring their most expensive models, there are PSUs from the competition that perform slightly better while being at the same or often lower price.
- Their implementing this "newer" (read: not really, but new for us 'consumers') power switch type on the back of the unit -i forget its name- is only problematic for me; that damned switch is supposed to be there for me to be capable of killing power at an instance's notice.. i cannot do that in Seasonic PSUs; while yes, their implementation is "safer", it also disallows this level of control that is important for many other things unrelated
to the PSU itself: say you have an error, a strong hang, something that requires you to hard turn off the PC, right? With the Seasonic, you need plug the PSU cable out like a cannibal. Not a fan. Say you're done setting your custom loop, bleeding, etc., turn on for first time, insta-warning or issue; again plus cables like a cannibal; see what i mean? That alone means Seasonic=NO for me. We've been using the "old school" PSU power switch all these decades for a very good reason. One that's still relevant.
- A few years back they introduced a number of units with very thin wire gauge, despite their being on their high end side of units; am talking Platinum 1200 units here, lol.. unacceptable; now admittedly, this is the exception not the rule, but it also entails my now needing to look for this each and every time, because if they did it once, they may again, yes? Trust.
Now before you rush into the obvious conclusion, no; they've made a looot of very good models as well. But.. by now
(and this is important, the market evolves), i can show you equally good or often better units costing the same amount of money if not less, with the same kind of warranty (10yrs), but with occasionally better performance and with an always actually usable back switch (see above). So why would i buy a Seasonic? Again, personally speaking.
Am happy they're here, competition keeps prices healthy, am respectful of what they make; but i've no reason to choose them.
(don't ask what i tend to choose, as we're already off topic here and naming other brands can be construed as bating/inciting, which is not my intent)
Don't dismiss them, but never, ever, rely on reputation=hype alone. The very people that continue to forward said hype are usually worse than your average user ^^
The latter might wish to inform themselves at some point.. the former, they already think they know