PSU Good/Bad List

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by ceewi1, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. ceewi1

    ceewi1 VIP Member

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    First off I'll say that I'm a little sceptical about the whole idea of a good/bad list, but I've been asked for something like this on many occasions. This is not intended to be exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination, I am not trying to assign each company to a category, nor to say that people should restrict their choices to a PSU in the Good list, nor to imply that all PSUs in the Good list are of equal quality.

    What I am saying is that if you purchase and use a PSU from the good list, you'll probably be getting a high quality, long lasting, realistically rated unit. If you purchase and use a PSU from the Bad list you'll probably be headed for trouble.

    As always, any additions are welcome.

    So, by popular request:
    Good:
    Acbel Polytec
    Akasa
    Antec
    Astec
    Asus
    Channelwell
    Coolermaster (N.B. eXtremePower 600W & 650W are substantially overrated).
    Corsair
    Delta
    Enermax
    Enhance
    Etasis
    FSP
    Gigabyte
    Impervio
    Lite-On
    Masscool
    OCZ
    PC Power and Cooling
    Seasonic
    Seventeam
    Silverstone
    Sparkle
    Thermaltake Toughpowers
    Ultra
    Wintact
    Wintec
    XClio
    Zalman
    Zippy

    Bad:
    Achieve
    Allied
    Apevia/Aspire
    Austin
    Can Power
    Chiefmax
    Codegen
    Colors It
    Deer
    Diablotek
    Dynapower
    Hairong
    Hyena
    JPAC
    L&C
    Leadman
    Linkworld
    Logisys
    MSI
    PowerTek
    PowerUp (Not to be confused with Power Up)
    Powmax
    Powork
    Raidmax units included with cases
    Real Power Enterprise
    Rhycom
    Sunbeam
    Turbolink
    YE
    Youngyear

    The PSU rebranding guide may also be a helpful resource here - if the company that sells the PSU isn't on this list, maybe the OEM is.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2008
  2. hpi

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    Finally someone made this list.

    Thanks for this, should save alot of people trouble which is always a good thing ;)
     
  3. oscaryu1

    oscaryu1 VIP Member

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    Wheres Lead Power?

    Chiefmax - ?!?!?! I thought those were terrific! I had an 450W @ 28 amps! has worked perfectly for 2+ year!
     
  4. ceewi1

    ceewi1 VIP Member

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    Some (but not all)Lead Power are (were?) Channelwell.

    Current Chiefmax=Powmax.
     
  5. oscaryu1

    oscaryu1 VIP Member

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    How bout 1 year ago? Was Chiefmax a good PSU back then?
     
  6. Geoff

    Geoff VIP Member

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    Thats completely untrue, are you trying to tell me that the 350W Powmax PSU that came with my $15 case isnt top of the line????
     
  7. butter

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    HAHA
     
  8. spanky

    spanky New Member

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    I am partial to Thermaltakes for some reason. I cannot really explain myself.
     
  9. spanky

    spanky New Member

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    Is Topower a good brand?
     
  10. leSHok

    leSHok New Member

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    I have an Orion PSU I bought off tigerdirect and I run my computer weeks at a time because I go back forth between houses. I think that deserves a spot on the good list :) (for now at least)
     
  11. XanderCage

    XanderCage New Member

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    it's not about weeks, it's about months, maybe even years, with ability for support and some sort of warranty, that's what i think sirs.
     
  12. ETSA

    ETSA New Member

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    Quite a few in the good lis,t I recommend...



    people stay away from..



    But it is not my list.
     
  13. ceewi1

    ceewi1 VIP Member

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    A bit of a mixed bag. Some good units, some poor ones. None I'd strongly recommend TBH.

    Any specifics? I'm quite willing to make changes, and I think that the forum would benefit from discussion and scrutiny.

    The HEC Orion units are discussed a little here: http://www.computerforum.com/73603-very-best-power-supply-money.html. Even if yours is just labelled Orion, it's still the same unit. Unfortunately there aren't any professional reviews I've seen available on those units, and without thorough testing I'm not inclined to include them on a "Known Good" list.
     
  14. Burgerbob

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    Coolmax isnt on either list, but is on the rebranding list. ? i have one, and it is nothing special, but gets the job done and hasnt done anything bad yet.
     
  15. ThatGuy16

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    Logisys sucks, i got one for tempory use and it works fine but... it feels realy cheap, the power cord gets fairly hot, and a molex wire come about cut in two lol. So its just a backup one now since i got my OCZ :D
     
  16. Jon Boy

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    Kimpro is not on the list. I just bought a PSU from them but I have a feeling it wont be very good as it was fairly cheap. Any additions to this?
     
  17. ceewi1

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    I've never heard of Kimpro before, and their website isn't very informative. Is there a UL number on the label?

    As for Coolmax, I wouldn't really include them on either list. Models vary a fair bit in quality, but overall are 'mediocre'.
     
  18. Jon Boy

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    I have googled all numbers on the case and it returns nothing, the PSU is not on their site. Its a cheap chinese make that I think I wasted my money on, and from what other people in anouther post have said is it is absalutely crap. 750Watt PSU only has 24A on 12v rail but then +5v has 60A lol. I guess people should avoid this.
     
  19. StrangleHold

    StrangleHold Moderator Staff Member

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    I came across four Coolmax about a year ago, CP-500T 500 watts for 39 bucks a piece. Put them in medium builds, been out there a year a havent had any come back yet. So I guess there so so. Never heard of Kimpro either?
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2007
  20. mep916

    mep916 Administrator Staff Member

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    This thread, the "PSU Rebranding Guide," and the "Power Recommendations by Video Card" article have been extremely helpful. Thanks, ceewi1. :D
     

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