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Comment reply on Forum Topic "New website layout! Thoughts?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

I like it but I noticed a flaw so far:

When selecting a part, you can't see who has built a PC using this part. I find this detrimental in my decision making on parts, especially on cases.

Other than that, it looks good. I hope to see an official dark mode in the future.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for most modern semi to full modular power supply(2017 or newer)."

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Nope. That's just the result of high grade cables and thick insulation. The RMx's quality is excellent, and I would definitively recommend it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for most modern semi to full modular power supply(2017 or newer)."

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

People put too much importance on PSU performance. If it's within ATX specification, it's good. Sure, the lower the better, but one should look at internal design and build quality first and foremost.

Straight Power 11 I would put over the RMx due to its quad 12v rail design, which is safer, when implemented properly, than a 12v design.

RMx uses a single rail design which I don't personally like but I have no complaints of the unit otherwise.

The Primes are really good but are notably more expensive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "It seems that Seasonic's "new" S12III is actually WORSE than the S12II..."

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

https://aphnetworks.com/reports/seasonic-s12iii-500w/3

You can see that it's group regulated. According to this article, it still lacks OTP and OCP. OTP isn't usually handled by a protection IC anyway as it's generally on its own circuit.

The 12v and 5v are regulated together and the 3.3v is independently regulated. This is a classic group regulated design. There's no great view but I don't see a Switcher before the transformer that regulates the 12v output, further confirming the group regulated design.

It uses 85c capacitors, not that great. Corners were definitely cut here.

Now granted, this was on the 500w version. The higher wattage version may very well be using magamp, a form of independent regulation. Hopefully it has a better Protection IC to include OCP and can include OTP somewhere, too, but I am not hopeful.

I don't see this being better than Corsair's CX (2017) series, which is LLC + DC-DC will full protections (including 12v OCP).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Final Build Critique"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It's good, but it's protections aren't excellent as OCP is configured far too loose. It's to the point ripple goes way out of ATX spec when overloaded. (around 240mV! Double from ATX Spec!)

It's also loud and certainly doesn't have a FDB bearing like SS says it does. The company that makes the fan that the Focus uses doesn't make FDB bearings! Like most units, it's single rail with no 12v OCP (OPP handles this(Which is common, but I don't like to see it.))

The Bitfenix Whisper M is a superior unit. The 450w and 550w units are triple rail (Admittedly, you shouldn't use RTX 2080ti, but why would you use a 550w unit with a 2080ti?!) The 650w is quad rail and has none of these issues.

Corsair RMx is a single rail design as well, but CWT properly set those protections! Everything works perfectly and safely.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Newbie 1st build"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The MW Bronze is a bottom of the barrel of acceptable PSUs.

Since you're in the UK, I'd suggest a better unit such as the be quiet! Pure Power 11 CM

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Replacement for a noisy Antec TP-550 PSU?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I would personally choose the Corsair RMx over the mentioned. Higher build quality than the two.

Focus + always seems to have some weird issue with it. First, it was the OCP was too tight, now the OCP is too loose. (240mV ripple when overloaded to near max) Sure, you shouldn't overload it, but even still, it's something to note and speaks how well the PSU is designed and made.

Hence I choose the RMx, which presents no issues. Excellent build quality, small, looks good, and silent operation. But if I had to choose, my personal choice would be the TXM. Everything works as it's supposed to.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Plugging SATA into a Perif port on EVGA 550 B3"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, however, power can surge for seemingly no reason. It's an unnecessary risk.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How Much Wattage Do I Need for My System?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Brand doesn't matter. Only model and series does.

Efficiency doesn't not mean quality either. Neither does Modularity.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I would suggest the following changes:

Swap out the cooler. It has a reputation for leaking. Get a Scythe Mugen 5 or a Thermalright Macho instead.

There are cheaper 500gb SSDs out there. For example

I wouldn't use a CXM with an RTX card. A CXM uses Double-Forward converters which can cause transient spikes on high end GPUs. I would suggest a be quiet! Straight Power 11 550w.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NEED advice if its ok"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The EVGA BQ is not a recommendable unit in my book as it lacks Over Temperature Protection. For 70$, it's just a bad buy.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/bkp323/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-550fx

Five dollars more, fully modular and better. Alternatively, you can get an even better unit: The Bitfenix Whisper M 550w, which is better than a Seasonic Focus +.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the Corsair CX 450W a good PSU for a budget build?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's the best PSU in its price range. However, it's non-modular. I would place it better than the CXM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which PSU is better? (budget build)"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

If you can afford a Corsair RMx, then you might as well get it. Top notch build quality, excellent electrical performance, good build design, silent operation, and comes with a 7 year warranty. My personal pick would be the RMx.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2 psu's"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, however, make sure they are not group regulated units as this would be an example of putting a PSU through crossloads. Their voltage regulation often goes out of whack when this happens, more often than not, outside of ATX specification, which isn't something you want.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU decision help"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It would draw from your PSU. That's what the 5vSB rail is for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "any suggestions? for one very good psu 1600?"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Both are on Tomshardware.

T2 is in third place as the best consumer PSU. AX1500i is second and AX1600i is first.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "any suggestions? for one very good psu 1600?"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The very best PSU on the market is the Corsair AX1600i.

The EVGA T2 1600w is a similar price, so you might as well get the AXi.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Decent 450w power supply"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The VS is a garbage PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RMx or RMx 2018? (Corsair PSU)"

  • 11 months ago
  • -1 points

Both are excellent units. The 2018 is a better unit electrically and build quality wise, but the older one is by no means bad. Since they're similar in price, get the 2018 one.,

Comment reply on Forum Topic "how much does the PSU really affect overclocking"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This is more or less false. Ripple can have an effect on extreme overclocking.

If you're trying to break overclocking records, it's best to have a PSU with less ripple. For a standard overclock, ripple should be mostly within ATX specification. (120mV on 12v and 50mV on 5v and 3.3v)

Comment reply on StuntPCGamer's Completed Build: Semi Budget Build

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The parts list that EVGA P2, but the pictures show you have a GQ, instead.

Comment reply on CheezyAuto's Completed Build: 2018 Aircooled Build

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a myth

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget Psu"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This rumour is false. They likely were confused when EVGA said that their only OEM will be superflower.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Power Supply ?"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Most OEM PSUs such as HiPower, Dell, Delta, and other OEM Maufacturers, typically do not include extra cables with the exception of a extra SATA power cable or two, unless the OEM PC in question has a video card that requires external power.

Chances are, you'll have to buy a new power supply. Assuming that it's using a standard form factor, and not a SFF or Pico form factor (Or anything proprietary) I would go for the Corsair CX 450, not to be confused with the older CX430. It typically goes for around 45 USD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are your experience(s) with Roswill PSU's"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

No. ATX Spec has changed since then.

Comment reply on Logarythym's Completed Build: Teleputer

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

You are an absolute madlad. +1(million)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do you think Corsair will ever make a laptop or phone?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

They kind of make their own PSUs. They tell CWT or Flextronics, the OEM, what to do.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Passive PSU wrong way up"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Passive PSUs should only be used in a case where there is sufficient airflow. So long as air is getting to the PSU to allow for proper passive cooling, it should be fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are your experience(s) with Roswill PSU's"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Also brand does mean something...to an extent. Like I have yet to see a seasonic psu that's actually bad enough to be considered to be avoided (ie: the s12ii. Though group regulated and missing protection, it's still reliable for low to mid range builds and plenty of longevity)

The S12II and M12II should definitely be avoided. For modern systems. Older systems, sure.

Seasonic is a tad overrated and their PSUs are now getting overpriced for what they are. 90$ for a Seasonic Focus Plus. Pretty high compared to the competition. The primes are great, but at their price point are ultimately beaten out by the Corsair's HXi and AXi platforms overall. (It's kind of min-maxing, but you might as well get whatever is the best value)

But, we say brand doesn't matter because no one can always produce a good unit. It's goes into why we also say "don't buy an unreviewed unit". Whether it's Corsair, Seasonic, or even less known brands like Ultra or even Silentanium and Sama.

You can speculate. If Seasonic released a new high end PSU lineup, chances are, it'll be goods. But, since they're raising their prices, will it beat Corsair's mighty AXi line? Now, onto EVGA. If it's a higher end unit, you could speculate that it'll be a decent or good unit. But raise some eyebrows at their low end unit. EVGA has more bad units than good. Ultimately, brand doesn't matter. It's all about model. Any brand can make or good are bad PSU. Some more than others.

As for the capstone, I maintain that it's meh. There's no MOV at the transient filter stage. Looking at the soldering work, it's not great. Could be a lot better. It only has a single 12v rail. Not that much of an issue, but the reviews I am looking at doesn't say anything about having a properly configured OCP and there's no mention of OTP. Since no one tests the protections, I would ere in the side of caution. It has some good qualities, like have a half-bridge LLC topology with synchronous rectification. That's good to see in a mid-ranged unit. Performance wise, it's acceptable. It's within ATX spec, but nowadays, that's not much of an accomplishment as most PSUs can meet ATX spec. I am more concerned about everything else.

To conclude, the PSU is "okay" or "meh. Acceptable performance with okay build quality. Is it dangerous to use? Likely not. But there's better units out there.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are your experience(s) with Roswill PSU's"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Brand means nothing. Those two units are meh. Rosewill hasn't made a PSU recently.

I'd just stick to the commonly recommended PSUs:

Budget: Corsair CX450, BitFenix Formula Gold

Mid-Ranged: EVGA G2, Corsair RMx 2018, BitFenix Whisper M

High End: Corsair HXi, Corsair AXi, EVGA T2 (These are actually never recommended because they're stupid expensive)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Semi Modular or Full Modular"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This has recently been resolved.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Semi Modular or Full Modular"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Settled as in buying them or already have them?

If anything don't get the 212 evo. It has a high chance of not being be to effectively handle the 8700k, considering it's a very hot chip.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Semi Modular or Full Modular"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply should be from a reliable brand

Brand means nothing in the PC world. Especially when it comes to power supplies because anyone can make a good or bad power supply. EVGA has more bad power supplies than good ones. The GQ is acceptable, but the common choice is G2 or G3 with the G2 being better.

If that's your list, major modifications could be made. Here's a possible revision: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JpJppG

  • Changed the god awful Hyper 212 with something that'll handle that 8700k like a champ.
  • MSI Tomahawk boards are quite good and inexpensive.
  • Overpaying for the RAM here. Cheaper RAM whilst keeping RGB.
  • Unless you have a direct use, NVMe drives are useless to the average consumer. It's better to get a 1tb SSD. You'll make more use out of the extra 500gb rather than the 0-2 second difference in loading and boot times.
  • Newer and better power supply. For sub 100$ units, you can't beat the latest RMx power supply.
  • K95 is terrible value and overall, the build quality is not worth the price. Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro S is actually a very excellent keyboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Semi Modular or Full Modular"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Modularity does not mean quality.

With Semi-Modular, the only fixed cables are the 24pin and the EPS CPU cable. You're going to use these two cables regardless, so it's not that big of a deal. Full Modularity is good for custom cables.

I would be more concerned about getting a good PSU than worry about modularity. Good thing is, is that there's a lot of good semi and fully modular PSUs. Go with whatever you want.

Fully Modular PSUs: EVGA G2, EVGA G3, Corsair RMx, Corsair RMx 2018, Bitfenix Whisper M, Seasonic Focus Gold Plus

Semi-Modular: Corsair TXM, Seasonic Focus, Antec Earthwatts Pro

Non-Modular: Bitfenix Formula Gold, Corsair CX (2017)

Those are the common picks for the US, so they do not include Silentanium, Sama, be quiet!, AeroCool, Andyson, Xilence, or Mistel.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Aussie 1000$ build with basis for a future upgrade! Feedback needed"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The G1 isn’t terrible like an EVGA B3 or Corsair VS, but it’s not great. Sub par build quality and medicore performance. Can’t comment on its protections because I don’t know from the top of my head.

If you already ordered, I’d recommend cancelling the order and getting either an EVGA G2, G3, Corsair TXM, RMx, RMx 2018, Bitfenix Formula Gold or Whisper M.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Aussie 1000$ build with basis for a future upgrade! Feedback needed"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The Supernova NEX is a medicore PSU. Poor choice nowadays. Get a G3.

Windows 10 full version is NOT 45$. Get a legal key. This goes against this site’s rules

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU question"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Silverstone Strider is pretty meh compared to the competition. I'd go for a BitFenix Whisper M, Corsair RMx 2018, or a EVGA G3.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Evga 450BT review"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's group regulated, therefore it's bad.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this PSU worth buying for overclocking purposes?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

HX is a very good power supply. It's more or less considered a high end PSU.

Also, please ditch the Razer products, They're terrible for the price. Almost anything is better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Good PSU for this build?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

You're missing the RMx 2018 and Whisper M ;)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on this power supply?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

More often than not, the Bitfenix Whisper M is cheaper and overall better. It has a much more silent operation, properly configured protections, and overall better build quality. Another unit that's usually a little more expensive is the Corsair RMx 2018. If you want some good, but cheaper, there's the Bitfenix Formula Gold, but that's a non-modular unit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on this power supply?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

G3 is a top end PSU. My only gripes with it is that its OPP and OTP are set high while the OCP is set low. Nothing too major, as the protections work. However, in the unlikely chance the OPP or OTP is triggered, it will kill the unit. (on some models). Another issue is that the G3 can be loud.

Other than that, it's a top end unit.

Also, like the others said, brand doesn't matter. Only model/series.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rest in peace Stan Lee."

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

His legacy is secure. He will always be remembered. RIP Stan Lee.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would 500w be fine for this list?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If it does, then it won’t be too bad (maybe) under crossloads. There’s other build quality points to consider. Likely going to be a Double Forward, which isn’t bad but when a CX 2017 has Half-Bridge LLC, it should encourage others to follow suit. At the BRs price point, I don’t expect much. EVGA doesn’t exactly have a good track record for their lower end units. Maybe it’ll surprise us, but it probably won’t.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would 500w be fine for this list?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

True, but I'll still hold my reservations. Just to be safe. I assume a PSU is garbage until I take a look of the internals and it's properly tested.

Generally you can tell if it's group regulated if you see two coils on the secondary side.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Adulthood Question"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're going to buy a car... buy a Toyota.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would 500w be fine for this list?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

But is it really confirmed to have DC-DC? I don't trust what the manufacturer says ever. There's no internal pictures of it which is why I say it may be still group regulated.

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