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a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 07:13:38

A list of currently recommended power supplies

This list is intended as a supplement to the PSU guide. It will be kept simple and will include only those PSUs currently being recommended. Unless I happen to disagree :) 
This list will be fairly short and easily maintained. This list includes all the different classes of PSU, so let's take a minute and discuss some different classes. These are just convenient ways of looking at the various types of PSUs, and not anything official:

High-end PSUs
Are always the most efficient (80Plus Gold or Platinum) and often fully modular. They provide the very highest quality power and so usually cost the most. A fully modular PSU can have any cable replaced without replacing the entire unit. Hard core modders like to sleeve their cables to make them look better, and this is best done with modular cables.

Enthusiast PSUs
These are usually very efficient and high quality. The quality of power they supply is almost as good as the most expensive PSUs. They are often partly modular, with some cables hardwired.

Gamer PSUs
This is not a well defined area, and usually PSUs that want to be considered as belonging to this group don't get recommended. Other PSUs that probably belong here are good quality and non-modular. They are a step up from a budget PSU and may have better efficiency and warranty.

Budget PSUs
They produce power that falls cleanly within ATX specifications, and are almost always certified 80Plus. They should be able to shut themselves down if something goes wrong and should be reliable.

Because the above is how WE think of power supplies, the following recommendations have varying prices. If we are recommending a higher priced PSU it's probably because it's worth it.

We link to newegg here because it's easy and they carry just about everything. We do not mean to recommend newegg exclusively of course. In countries outside the US there are better places to shop for sure, and it is always good to compare with other online retailers in the US.


380-400W


Antec ea-380D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Delta made. 28 amps 12V power. $45 atm. 3 yr warranty no power cable included.

420-480W

Antec VP450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
FSP built, 30 amps 12V power, $40 2yr warranty

Rosewill RG430 S12 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ATNG built. 33 amps 12V power. $45 2yr warranty

Corsair CX430 V2 (longevity and safety of this PSU has been called into question)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CWT made. 28 amps 12V power (just like the ea-380D). $45 3 yr warranty
I prefer the Rosewill given same prices

Rosewill Capstone 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 37 amps 12V power. $60 FIVE YEAR warranty
This is simply top of the line at a modest price

Seasonic S12II 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made. 30 amps 12V power. Only 80Plus bronze. $75 5 year warranty.
Doesn't compete well with the newer Rosewill Capstone, but it is Seasonic and brand loyalty is understandable.

500-560W

Corsair CX500 V2 (longevity and safety of this PSU has been called into question)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CWT made. 34 amps of 12V power. $60 before rebate. 3 year warranty
The Rosewill Capstone 450W delivers more actual 12V power.

Rosewill RG530 S12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ATNG made. 41 amps 12V. $55 and 2 year warranty.

Antec Neo Eco 520C
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made. 40 amps 12V power. $60 and 3 yr warranty

Seasonic 520W S12II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic. 40A. $60 5 year warranty

Seasonix X series 560W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80Plus Gold, 46A 12V power, fully modular, 5 year warranty, A good high end unit for conservative builds

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a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 07:14:03

620-700W

Antec HGC M 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made, 80Plus Bronze, modular, 48A of 12V power, 3 yr warranty

Seasonic M12II 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Partly modular, 80Plus Bronze, 48A on the 12V rail, 5 yr warranty

Rosewill Capstone 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made, 80Plus Gold, 54 amps of 12V power, 5 year warranty

OCZ ZS 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sirtec made, only 46 amps 12V power, 80 plus bronze, 3 yr warranty

Corsair 650TX V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made, 53 amps 12V power, 80Plus bronze, 5 yr warranty

Seasonic X650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80Plus Gold, 54 amps 12V power, 5 yr warranty, FULLY modular

740-800W

OCZ 750W ZT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great Wall made, 62 amps of 12V power, 80Plus Bronze, FULLY modular, low price, 5 yr warranty
An interesting unit that was much liked in reviews.

Rosewill Hive 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sirtec made, 54amps on the 12V (low), partly modular, 3 yr warranty

Corsair 750TX V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made, 62 amps on the 12V, 3 yr warranty

Seasonic X750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80Plus Gold, 62A 12V power, 5 year warranty, fully modular
a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 07:14:21

850W range

Seasonic SS-850HT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Flat grey ugly, 3-year warranty only, 80Plus Silver. "OEM"

XFX Core Edition PRO850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Basically like the Seasonic SS-850HT, only Bronze rated, better looking, and a 5 year warranty.

OCZ ZX 850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great Wall built, 80+ gold, 70A of 12 V power, $130 before rebate, 5 year warranty

NZXT HALE82 HALE82-850-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic built, 80+bronze, Partly modular, 70A 12v power, 5 year warranty

Corsair AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic built, 80+ Gold, fully modular, 70A 12v power, 7 year warranty


900-1000W

OCZ ZX 1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great Wall built, 80+ gold, 83 A of 12 V power, $200 before rebate, 5 year warranty


Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower built, 80+ platinum, 83 A of 12 V power. $230 and 3 year warranty
Superb unit, right on par with the Seasonic unit, 3 year warranty is the only downside

XFX/Seasonic 1000W Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic built, 80+ platinum, 83 A of 12 V power, $250(XFX)/$260(Seasonic), 5/7 year warranty(XFX/Seasonic)
The XFX unit is the same as the Seasonic unit, only the fan and outer housing are different, get which ever is cheaper if they are your choice.
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a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 08:20:21

What, nothing for Xfire or SLI?
a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 08:52:24

Give it some time :)  Rome was not built in a day.
a c 296 ) Power supply
6 January 2012 09:02:40

What other grouping are you planning? I figure at least a 600-650, a 700-750, and an 800-850W, maybe an 850+ group for 1kW and bigger units? That last grouping will be easy to fill out right now(6 of jonnyguru's last 10 reviews were 1kW)
a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 09:28:04

Yep all that. :) 
If you or anyone else wants to post some recommendations in the same general format, I'll paste them right in. In fact, you have permission to edit anything in you like :D 
a b ) Power supply
6 January 2012 09:33:39

I really wish there was a way to query price from newegg. PSUs seem to be one of the parts that really get tossed around a lot. One day I'll recommend a Corsair only to find that the next day an ABS psu has been put on sale and offers a better value. Something like the CM SilentPro RS850 is only 139.99 right now which really undercuts a lot of the other 850-950w psus at the $150 range. Of course at its normal price of 179.99 it's not really something I'd suggest over the offerings at $150.

Good luck with your list. I'm sure if nothing else you can round up the most common recommendations, and give us something that will be nice to refer people back to.
6 January 2012 12:31:59

a4mula said:
I really wish there was a way to query price from newegg. PSUs seem to be one of the parts that really get tossed around a lot. One day I'll recommend a Corsair only to find that the next day an ABS psu has been put on sale and offers a better value. Something like the CM SilentPro RS850 is only 139.99 right now which really undercuts a lot of the other 850-950w psus at the $150 range. Of course at its normal price of 179.99 it's not really something I'd suggest over the offerings at $150.

Good luck with your list. I'm sure if nothing else you can round up the most common recommendations, and give us something that will be nice to refer people back to.



http://camelegg.com/
a b ) Power supply
7 January 2012 05:43:58

I've been very happy with my FSP Aurum 650. Quiet, efficient, reliable. I'd recommend it to anyone.
a c 296 ) Power supply
7 January 2012 06:16:51

900-1000W

OCZ ZX 1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great Wall built, 80+ gold, 83 A of 12 V power, $200 before rebate, 5 year warranty


Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower built, 80+ platinum, 83 A of 12 V power. $230 and 3 year warranty
Superb unit, right on par with the Seasonic unit, 3 year warranty is the only downside

XFX/Seasonic 1000W Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic built, 80+ platinum, 83 A of 12 V power, $250(XFX)/$260(Seasonic), 5/7 year warranty(XFX/Seasonic)
The XFX unit is the same as the Seasonic unit, only the fan and outer housing are different, get which ever is cheaper if they are your choice.


You can split the XFX and the seasonic one if you want, they are just so identical i felt like grouping them together. I'll work on a 750W and 850W range later. If you agree with them just copy paste them in. Once Enermax releases its 1000W gold unit that will get added to this list, primarily for its good performance and excellent low load efficiency. Also, do we want to do a link to a review of it too or will that get too confusing for new people?

References for mine
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
a b ) Power supply
7 January 2012 07:10:00

Thanks! added.
a b ) Power supply
7 January 2012 07:11:46

RedJaron said:
I've been very happy with my FSP Aurum 650. Quiet, efficient, reliable. I'd recommend it to anyone.


I'll look at it. I had heard they were decent, but thought they were not priced competitively.
a b ) Power supply
8 January 2012 01:42:21

Proximon said:
I'll look at it. I had heard they were decent, but thought they were not priced competitively.

My mistake, I've got the 700W FSP Aurum ( here's Tom's review of it. ) The 650W model has modular cables ( my 700W doesn't, ) and both are available around $120. Both are 80 Gold certified.
a b ) Power supply
8 January 2012 02:18:37

Sadly, that's a good example of a review to ignore. There is not even any voltage regulation test listed, and of course no ripple test.

Hardware Secrets did a full round of tests though. It's a good PSU and can be added... although for just a little more the Seasonic X650 has better regulation. Newegg users looking for a bargain will buy the Rosewill Capstone here as well, as it's similar in quality and performance but costs less.
a b ) Power supply
10 January 2012 06:15:08

The other Capstone units are (presumably) good as well. I got the 750W Capstone unit for my wife's computer, and am quite happy with it.

Rosewill Capstone 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 62 amps 12V power.

Here is the Jonnyguru write up on it.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Other Capstone Units
Rosewill Capstone 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 45.5 amps 12V power.

Rosewill Capstone 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 54 amps 12V power.
a b ) Power supply
10 January 2012 16:24:27

totalknowledge said:
The other Capstone units are (presumably) good as well. ...


Thanks, I will likely fit those in in a few days.
12 January 2012 07:48:43

I cannot wait for the ~750W section, looking to get one around there for SLI and the better the PSU is good.
a b ) Power supply
12 January 2012 15:09:25

I made some more suggestions, that's enough for tonight. :) 
a c 131 ) Power supply
14 January 2012 00:26:57

Nice list! You might want to include a category for the "micro-ATX" (including SFX and TFX form factors). Both Seasonic and FSP have a few units of this type which have reviewed well; I'm not sure I've seen a review of the 450W FSP model yet though.

Another thing that may be worth noting is that there are frequent deals on one of the larger Antec Earthwatts units; sometimes the 430W model is cheapest, and iirc there was a good deal on the 500W version last month.
a b ) Power supply
14 January 2012 07:19:34

veganfanatic said:
Rosewill Capstone is the NewEgg private label for a PSU

http://www.hardcore-games.tk/wp/psu.php

my page represents a lot of work


Nice page :) 

Some good data there and I'll add it to my list of references in the PSU guide.
a b ) Power supply
21 January 2012 07:32:05

Awesome thread
I was able to purchase a Antec Earthwatts EA-380
it was brand new from a wholesaler who broke up antec cases/psus
and sold seperately
new unit but is the older Seasonic made Anted EA-380 no "D"
I got it for $29 free shipping

How was the Seasonic EA-380 compared to the newer Delta model?
for $29 and powering a HD 5770 did I do okay?

if you want me to edit this out and start a new thread let me know :) 
a b ) Power supply
21 January 2012 07:36:30

Sure, it's a Seasonic version and should be good. Max 12V load would be 324W and original stock 5770 stays below 100W, yes that's safe.

And I can always delete posts if I feel the need ;) 
a b ) Power supply
21 January 2012 09:52:42

Coming along well I think :)  I have made multiple changes and additions today, although we need more additions to the actual list yet.
a c 131 ) Power supply
21 January 2012 10:05:37

I'd put the other Seasonic "X" models in whatever wattage range fits.
21 January 2012 19:12:32

peep how about posting an image of the PSU sticker into this thread so people can see and learn
a c 296 ) Power supply
21 January 2012 22:48:27

What are you interested in learning off of/about the sticker? Im not really sure of the question.

Proximon has a PSU guide he is starting with a PSU load table thats used as an example for the second post, but im not sure if that is what you are looking for.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/324368-28-computer-po...
a b ) Power supply
22 January 2012 04:57:51

I thought this was an interesting read on how to load and test a PSU
he is using an older non ATX PSU but gives info about ATX
basically using sand resistors to create loads on the 12v,3.3,5v
http://mysite.du.edu/~etuttle/electron/elect62.htm

a b ) Power supply
23 January 2012 04:13:30

If the post isn't on topic it's going to be deleted. Sorry to erase your perfectly nice conversation, but this space is reserved for suggestions or criticisms of the lists.

a b ) Power supply
28 January 2012 06:37:28

Several more added.
a c 131 ) Power supply
28 January 2012 08:16:40

I'd like to see all the Seasonic "X" models in their respective ranges. All of them have gotten excellent technical reviews, some more than one.
a b ) Power supply
28 January 2012 08:43:51

Sorry jtt not ignoring you :)  You can always list em out in the basic format and I'll paste em right in.

560W and 750W for sure. Have you seen the promo code for the X750?

Have you ever recommended the X850? I've never seen a time when it wasn't too expensive compared to other PSUs.

Likewise on the Platinum PSUs... Not sure I would be willing to spend the extra.
a c 131 ) Power supply
28 January 2012 09:01:05

I'm not sure I have recommended anything bigger than a 750W; I normally lurk at the budget end of the spectrum, or just try to save people from all the chokemax and cm junk that's still out there.

Edit: Yeah, I saw that. If I needed a bigger PSU, I'd be all over it. I have one GTX560Ti though, so I'm using a X560 right now.
a c 296 ) Power supply
28 January 2012 09:09:21

Damn, i hadn't noticed that promo code, im going to be upgrading soon anyway so i think ill grab one of those, should be a nice step up from my EA500.

I find that seasonic units are often priced slightly more than the units they OEM for, i read somewhere that they do this so they don't sell their own version a lot more than everyone else who is building with them, like the XFX/Seasonic X-1000 with the XFX being a bit less so the Seasonic units don't tend to make my list, they usually get beaten out by other units based on the same platform that are priced a bit less.
28 January 2012 10:12:06

I cleaned up the PSU page a bit today, in the shopping section I dumped some old models in favor of 80 Plus Platinum etc. :bounce:  :bounce: 

Lot of effort when into that page, still very popular with Google sending lots of traffic.

Overall traffic is at a new all-time high

28 January 2012 18:27:25

If you want to have the rig last a long time, Corsair has a 5-7 year warranty suggesting they are better made.

Still I have seen lots of AX1200's being sent back
31 January 2012 04:37:36

Great topic/thread. Are you going to put links to this in your other PSU thread? (and vice-versa?) Maybe you did, but if so I couldn't find any. Seems like these two topics should be both linked to each other.
31 January 2012 04:48:26

I posted a link to my PSU page there but I do not have the time or inclination to spam the forum here with my page, everyone should read it and learn how to buy.

Every time I come here, a great number of poorly educated users ask simple questions.
a b ) Power supply
31 January 2012 04:50:39

I am thinking that Keiran meant Proximon's link to this page, not any external links.
31 January 2012 05:02:09

he can do that himself
a b ) Power supply
31 January 2012 05:09:53

Exactly...
a b ) Power supply
31 January 2012 12:54:58

Kieran28 said:
Great topic/thread. Are you going to put links to this in your other PSU thread? (and vice-versa?) Maybe you did, but if so I couldn't find any. Seems like these two topics should be both linked to each other.


It's the last link in the first post, but maybe it could be a bit more obvious.
a b ) Power supply
9 February 2012 20:07:59

i am using coolermaster silent pro gold 1000w psu.i am not expert so plz don't ask questions :(  but i recommend it.i know coolermaster psu's are not good and i am not at all a fan of CM.but still that psu is working very well for me.
10 February 2012 00:42:31

CM seems to be reasonable, but I have looked at dozens and dozens of reviews on PSUs when working on my page.

My PSU page was hard work to make it comprehensive yet readable.
a c 131 ) Power supply
10 February 2012 04:53:19

The 650W CM GX was described by HardOCP as a "polished turd in a box."
All issues of quality aside, other HardwareSecrets reviews of CM PSUs have found that some have liar labels, or claim to have protection circuits that are missing. That's dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business, for any of their products, no matter how good. Fortunately, in every market where they can be found (e.g. PSUs, cases, fans, etc) there are also competitors who offer similar or better products for the same price, so you need not take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest business.
Sorry to appear to stray from topic, but this is why I would like to NOT see any CM PSU on any recommended list, no matter how good it is.