Weekend Open Forum: How powerful is your PSU?

By on September 24, 2010, 8:51 PM
You know, power supplies don't get the attention they deserve. PSUs sit dutifully behind the curtain bringing the whole show to life while processors and graphics cards hog the spotlight. There's a simple reason they're so overlooked in the enthusiast community, and I think we all know what it is: they're boring. In fact, that's why we tend to avoid reviewing power supplies. That being the case, we think it's about time to pay our respects.

In this edition of our Weekend Open Forum, we want to know what wattage your power supply is rated for. You can brag about your specific model in the comments if you want to, but we've embedded a poll after the jump with a number of options broken down by 100W increments. Feel free to say a few kind words about the unglamorous, yet faithful metal box that fuels your machine for weeks at a clip, or just bow your head in a moment of silence.





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grvalderrama said:

550w Cooler Master, as you can see in my specs. Salute you!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

my system has 3 psu's

1 X Corsiar HX 650 @ 650w (MB and peripherals)

2 x FSP Group X5 @ 500w each = 1000w (graphic cards 3x 5850's + GT 9800 PhysX)

for a grand total of 1650w

Guest said:

I run a Ultra X4 750 watt PSU, 52amps on single 12v rail. Rock solid PSU.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

You talk about boring, have I got boring for you.

Whatever it is, I pretty much slap an Antec "Earthwatts" EA-380 in it. This due to my habitual dependence on IGP "solutions". That said, ironically I have an Antec EA-430 in my Core i3-530 build. This would be the machine that needs the least power to run. Hey, it was laying around, and I got it on sale.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have an ABS SL1050 1050 watt. Modular cables, single 12V rail, 80 PLUS Silver certified. Runs my SLI rig with plenty of power to spare for add-ons.

That's quite the setup you have red1776. Got any pics of your rig?

BlindObject said:

TX850w by corsair.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I have an ABS SL1050 1050 watt. Modular cables, single 12V rail, 80 PLUS Silver certified. Runs my SLI rig with plenty of power to spare for add-ons.

That's quite the setup you have red1776. Got any pics of your rig?

@ Tom, this is what it will look like for about another hour, I am moving,modding etc to a different case as we speak.

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DokkRokken said:

Corsair 750TX. Solid, reliable and quiet. What more could I ask for.

KG363 KG363 said:

Corsair tx 850w

Guest said:

How can I vote, mine is 1000W but there's no 1000W in the selection.

"900-999W" you can't find 1000W in this range.

"Over 1000W" is obviously not equal to 1000W.

ruben1992 said:

650w Antec Earthwatts

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

You talk about boring, have I got boring for you.

Whatever it is, I pretty much slap an Antec "Earthwatts" EA-380 in it. This due to my habitual dependence on IGP "solutions". That said, ironically I have an Antec EA-430 in my Core i3-530 build. This would be the machine that needs the least power to run. Hey, it was laying around, and I got it on sale.

I got my Antec Earthwatts 380w for sale too, it runs my 9600gt.

Then I have that corsair 400w, running an integrated. I was thinking that I'd switch them the next time I open up my computer, but just this morning I loaned my monitor out for a bit but ended up just dusting everything off...

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have an Corsiar HX 850, i now its overkill for my system but for $120 on newegg it was a steal

Guest said:

I have an antec 380W PSU powering:

Phenom II x4 810 w/ stock cooler, 6GB RAM, 2 500GB HDDs, 1 Optical drive, Radeon XFX HD5770xxx Edition, five case fans with LEDs

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

How powerful is your PSU?

Not nearly powerful enough. When the graphics ramp to 3D clocks I notice that the neighbours house lights don't dim at all....clearly, the Corsair HX1000 and TX750 need some severe upgrading.

ebolamonkey3 said:

red1776 said:

my system has 3 psu's

1 X Corsiar HX 650 @ 650w (MB and peripherals)

2 x FSP Group X5 @ 500w each = 1000w (graphic cards 3x 5850's + GT 9800 PhysX)

for a grand total of 1650w

What case do you use?? How do you make it all fit?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

What case do you use?? How do you make it all fit?

That picture is in a Sunbeam AC-9 acrylic...way too cramped, as we speak I am moving it (making some changes) and putting it in the ubiquitous Coolermaster HAF 932.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

How powerful is your PSU?

Not nearly powerful enough. When the graphics ramp to 3D clocks I notice that the neighbours house lights don't dim at all....clearly, the Corsair HX1000 and TX750 need some severe upgrading.

Easy! You just need to connect the room lights to the same 15 amp line as the PSU. If that isn't enough, connect a dummy load, such as a small space heater also. Then you install your slow pop breaker, kick back and watch the intimidation happen. OK, who says that an evening of game play and intimidation can't be in an intimate setting.

Sadly this only works at your location. You'd have to work out a dimming conspiracy with your neighbors. Yeah right, I know, dealing with neighbors is way, way more trouble than it's worth.

Need a boost of the psych factor? loosen the bolts on the PSU transformer, that should add an eerie humm to the mix.

Davidoff Davidoff said:

Cooler Master 500W PSU

Guest said:

Silverstone is my favour....next might want to have a Seasonic PSU. Cheaper...but still provide the juice.

mailpup mailpup said:

The last 5 PCs I built for myself have had either a Silverstone OP850 850W (3 PCs) or a Corsair TX850 850W PSU (2 PCs).

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I just upgraded my modular OCZ Fatal1ty 550w psu to a Kingwin LZ-1000 1000w modular for my gaming rig. The 550w psu was relocated to my htpc.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

red1776 said:

What case do you use?? How do you make it all fit?

That picture is in a Sunbeam AC-9 acrylic...way too cramped, as we speak I am moving it (making some changes) and putting it in the ubiquitous Coolermaster HAF 932.

So you decided on the 932 eh? Nice choice my friend. I can't wait to see it completed! By next week I'll throw some shots of my Cosmos S up as well.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

So you decided on the 932 eh? Nice choice my friend. I can't wait to see it completed! By next week I'll throw some shots of my Cosmos S up as well.

I told you, no more agreeing with me! :p

I looked at the cosmos, that thing is a tank! maybe the roomiest case ever. they were out of it at Micro center the day I went, so I picked up the 932. Its a little 'military industrial' but it will work for the WC when I get to it.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Currently using an Antec NEO ECO 620W PSU for my primary machine, my other system uses a PC Power and Cooling Silencer 370W PSU and a couple generic brands for my older PCs.

Leeky Leeky said:

My main Dell has its original PSU that I still need to upgrade... Its a lowly 300w or thereabouts, and most likely thats an over-estimate!

I'm looking to get a 700w+ PSU when I can eventually afford it.

My other Dell quad core now has a Corsair 400w PSU, which is absolutely ample for a Q8200, 2GB DDR2, GT220 GPU etc.

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Guest said:

How can I vote, mine is 1000W but there's no 1000W in the selection.

"900-999W" you can't find 1000W in this range.

"Over 1000W" is obviously not equal to 1000W.

lol Ironically I had 1000W+ initially but opted for "Over 1000W" as it was stylistically similar to "Under 399W". For whatever reason "<399W" wouldn't work as an option. I've updated the poll (you might have to clear your cookies to see it). Thanks for the note .

Guest said:

I've got a 850W Zalman ZM850-HP PSU. Had it since it came out and it's still faultless and going strong, quiet and cool.

Guest said:

I use Chieftec 750W, those have a great price/perfomance cost.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not very powerfull (550W) but she does what i need...plus i've been through 2 brand new PSU's while i've had this one....Shes a good worker are bessy ..lol

Guest said:

Seasonic M12II-520 Bronze

Also got a Enermax Liberty 400W

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Using a PC Power & Cooling PPCS500 500W

I use HardOCP as my main reference for PSU reviews. If you guys are going to start reviewing PSU's, I'd like to see a similar in depth testing methodology. It'd be really nice to see more high quality PSU reviews.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

I use a Silver Power 600 W, heavily modified though. Red fans, other casing and connectors soldered on (cheaper than buying extensions).

seefizzle said:

Corsair 850 watt.

It's not modular and the extra cords take up too much space. But it's on the bottom of a haf 932 so it doesn't matter at all.

Guest said:

L&c lc-8600btx psu 600w

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Using a PC Power & Cooling PPCS500 500W

I use HardOCP as my main reference for PSU reviews. If you guys are going to start reviewing PSU's, I'd like to see a similar in depth testing methodology. It'd be really nice to see more high quality PSU reviews.

I put in that very request last week Panic, I was told that they don't have the load tester to do it, and didn't think that it held much interest for most.

I like HardOCP as well, johnny guru is good as well.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Corsair 550W PSU, but then again ...... I don't need much power to run this setup

@red

I've been drooling over HAF 932 for a while now, but well it will be a shame to put this stupid little mATX board I am stuck with atm (since my original motherboard along with its replacement died) ..... so may be I get it once I upgrade this rig next year. By the way ...... its big and black ..... and if you fit couple of machine guns and a rocket launcher on it it may look even more cooler

spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

power max 650 watt its a off make.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Enermax Modu 82+ 625W.

Guest said:

Cooler Master 700W Silent Pro. Very good deal and completely silent.

Chazz said:

xfx 750 watt.

edison5do said:

800W dont know the brand.... its not any recognize one anyways... i think is not that reliable so i focus on think that i have a 650 PSU, becouse only the recognize brand give you "real" wattages.

Johny47 said:

I've got a Corsair HX750w. Very good power supply, feels and looks well built and it's very quiet and stable.

If I get enough money after Christmas I'll have a look at getting another GTX 470 as long as the price comes down a bit.

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

Before a flood fried my beloved PC yesterday morning, I have a dead 3 year old PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750. Recommendations?

GRW said:

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 (Black)

Johnny Utah said:

Antec 1200 in Rig 1, Thermaltake 850's in Rigs 2 and 3

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Rocking out a HX850, previously supply was a TX750, modular is so much win, not like I could hide the wires of the TX

albertjkruger said:

grvalderrama said:

550w Cooler Master, as you can see in my specs. Salute you!

Me too. I have a Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 550W.

felixandy101 said:

i have a coolermaster 650W extreme power pro...been using it for almost a year and no troubles at all!!

just wanted shout out to all of you!! i know how PSUs are important, had a hard time when my PSU failed last year before i bought this, then when that happened, the mobo or GPU didnt seem to matter at all! lol

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