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PSU 101: A Guide and Q&A Thread for PSU

  • The Basics Of Building Safe, Reliable And Quiet Power Supplies <click here for link>

    The Math Behind GPU Power Consumption And PSU's <click here for link>
  • good pm mga ka tpc!

    nakabili na ako ng bagong psu at yun hindi na naulit ang pag off ng monitor ko.

    it seems na may issues talaga ang mga corsair vs550 pag dating sa durabity.
  • Based on the tier list in this list - <click here for link>

    Corsair VS is already at Tier 3
  • which is better

    Thermaltake SMART SE 730W Modular 14cm Fan 87% Efficency


    Corsair CX Series™ CX600M 600W 80Plus-Bronze Modular

    Hec Cougar 700W CMX Series (Modular)

    maraming salamatsa info...
  • which is better

    Thermaltake SMART SE 730W Modular 14cm Fan 87% Efficency


    Corsair CX Series™ CX600M 600W 80Plus-Bronze Modular

    Hec Cougar 700W CMX Series (Modular)

    This one is a no contest in favor of the Corsair CX600M.
  • ask ko lang po kung ok din po ba ang EVGA 500B 500W na psu?
  • Hi Guys, Ask ko lang if magandang klase din ang PSU ng Fractal Design <click here for link>

    this one to be exact: Fractal Design Integra 650W 80PLUS Bronze M

    -- edited by ajarocena on Dec 08 2014, 03:41 PM
  • @ajarocena

    Hi Guys, Ask ko lang if magandang klase din ang PSU ng Fractal Design <click here for link>

    this one to be exact: Fractal Design Integra 650W 80PLUS Bronze M


    Budget offering ng Fractal ang Integra M series. Mura pero cheap din yung components na gamit (especially the capacitors, Teapo). Better go for another PSU kung may ibang options naman diyan.
  • Good Day.. Mga master ask ko lng if ano m recommend nio PSU for this RIG:

    PROC: AMD Phenom II X4 845 3.2
    MOBO: GIGABYTE 880GA
    RAM: KINGSTON 4gig
    V-CARD: HD SAPPHIRE 4850
    CASE: AEROCOOL STRIKE X

    THANKS...
  • Helly Send Message View User Items on December 09, 2014 11:22 AM
    @ajarocena
    Budget offering ng Fractal ang Integra M series. Mura pero cheap din yung components na gamit (especially the capacitors, Teapo). Better go for another PSU kung may ibang options naman diyan.


    Salamats..Isa to sa pinakamatagal kong pinag iisipan bago bilhin eh..wala pa kasi stocks ng Seasonic sa site na tinitignan ko dito sa Disyerto..hehehe...Enermax ang nakita ko sa pwede din eh base sa PSU Tier's sa TomsHardware..pero paiba iba sila ng Tier ranking kaya nakakalito...

    ito kaya ok?

    Enermax Revolution XT ERX530AWT 530W 80 Plus Gold
  • mga bossing ilang watts ba ang dapat kong bilhin na PSU?hays! bumigay na ang cougar SL na 500w ko wala pang dalawang taon eh talo pa ng imaster kahit generic buo pa din 3yrs na mahigit eto, nakakahiya nga binawi ko ulit sa pinagbigayan ko gamit pa naman nya buti nalang meron syang reserba kaya binalik nya sakin ung psu ko.
    eto specs ng rig ko gusto ko
    i5 3470
    2X2gb RAM
    2 HDD
    2 fans
    1 DVD combo
    GTX 650 plano ko ding mag Upgrade next year kahit r7 260x or r9 270

    ano po maisusugest nyo na psu?
    budget ko ay 2k-2.5k
    and kelangan ko pa po ba bumili ng AVR?anung brand po maganda?

    Any feedback would be much appreciated

    TIA
  • @ajarocena

    Salamats..Isa to sa pinakamatagal kong pinag iisipan bago bilhin eh..wala pa kasi stocks ng Seasonic sa site na tinitignan ko dito sa Disyerto..hehehe...Enermax ang nakita ko sa pwede din eh base sa PSU Tier's sa TomsHardware..pero paiba iba sila ng Tier ranking kaya nakakalito...

    ito kaya ok?

    Enermax Revolution XT ERX530AWT 530W 80 Plus Gold


    Yup, mas okay yang Enermax Revo X't compared sa Fractal Integra M. Kung wala talagang mahanap ng Seasonic diyan, go for the Revo X't.
  • @Mister_curiousity30

    mga bossing ilang watts ba ang dapat kong bilhin na PSU?hays! bumigay na ang cougar SL na 500w ko wala pang dalawang taon eh talo pa ng imaster kahit generic buo pa din 3yrs na mahigit eto, nakakahiya nga binawi ko ulit sa pinagbigayan ko gamit pa naman nya buti nalang meron syang reserba kaya binalik nya sakin ung psu ko.
    eto specs ng rig ko gusto ko
    i5 3470
    2X2gb RAM
    2 HDD
    2 fans
    1 DVD combo
    GTX 650 plano ko ding mag Upgrade next year kahit r7 260x or r9 270

    ano po maisusugest nyo na psu?
    budget ko ay 2k-2.5k
    and kelangan ko pa po ba bumili ng AVR?anung brand po maganda?


    Seasonic S12II-520 ang kunin mo, dagdagan mo na lang ng around Php200 yung budget. Sobra-sobra na yan for your planned rig. The best rin ang local warranty niyan, 5 years, and mabilis lang yung RMA process kung sakaling magkaproblema yung unit.

    Sa AVR naman, backread ka sa AVR thread: <click here for link>.
  • @Helly

    salamat sir mukhang sakto na nga sakin yun since wala naman ako plano mag SLi at mag OC,
    mag Seasonic ako magaganda nga ang feedbacks na nababasa ko,
  • ey guys need a second opinion

    initially I was looking at FSP's 750W Aurum
    since 5k lang sana budget ko for a new PSU
    but now I'm a bit torn between:

    1. staying within my budget and go with the FSP Aurum 750W
    or
    2. go over-budget and choose between FSP Aurum Pro 850W and Seasonic X-750

    ubos ang 13th mo. with option 2 LOL

    I've been a lurker in this thread for a while
    so I know that I don't need that much power
    I just want to (as they say) future-proof my rig
    and go SLi once budget permits
  • @IZOD

    ey guys need a second opinion

    initially I was looking at FSP's 750W Aurum
    since 5k lang sana budget ko for a new PSU
    but now I'm a bit torn between:

    1. staying within my budget and go with the FSP Aurum 750W
    or
    2. go over-budget and choose between FSP Aurum Pro 850W and Seasonic X-750

    ubos ang 13th mo. with option 2 LOL

    I've been a lurker in this thread for a while
    so I know that I don't need that much power
    I just want to (as they say) future-proof my rig
    and go SLi once budget permits


    Even a 650W PSU is more than enough for a GTX 980 SLI setup.

    Oks na Seasonic M12II-620 EVO unless you really want an 80Plus Gold-rated unit in which case just go for the X-650.

    Pero kung malaki yung chance na single-GPU setup lang ang mangyayari in the near future, ayos na ang Seasonic G-550. Sapat na yan for a GTX 980-equipped rig.
  • Newbie Question po plan to build ITX, tanong ko po kung anung PSU ang mas fit dito sa Asus J1900I-C??

    Salamat.
  • Merry Christmas po!!
  • Seasonic S12II-520 80+ bronze- P 2700
    FSP Raider 550watts 80Plus SILVER=P 2500

    ayos lang ba ang FSP raider? interms of efficiency may mataas ng konti ang silver.
    medyo tight budget kasi ako pangit ba quality ng FSP?
    may distro warranty din ba yan satin?
  • Hi gud am, hingi lang ako feedback sa huntkey PSU 500w. need ko po ba mag upgrade ng PSU ko or iprioritize ko nlang ang pag bili cooling system ko?. sana may sumagot :(

    eto po ung rig ko:
    amd a8-6600k
    gigabyte f2a78m Mobo
    4gb 1866 hyper X ddr3 Ram
    Cougar Spike Casing
    Sapphire HD6670 1GB DDR5
  • Seasonic S12II-520 80+ bronze- P 2700
    FSP Raider 550watts 80Plus SILVER=P 2500

    ayos lang ba ang FSP raider? interms of efficiency may mataas ng konti ang silver.
    medyo tight budget kasi ako pangit ba quality ng FSP?
    may distro warranty din ba yan satin?

    Seasonic has it all. Great 5-year LOCAL warranty. Rock-solid performance. Great value overall.

    The Raider on the other hand has a newer internal design and has higher efficiency. Get it if your rig is to be operated 24/7 as you will save more money in the long run. It has a shorter warranty compared to the Seasonic and the distro warranty can't even compare to the coverage that the Seasonic units have here.

    Your choice sir.

    -- edited by Godai_Yusaku on Dec 26 2014, 11:25 PM
  • ^now im with the dilemma

    30w more wattage with fsp and AFAIK more wattage saves energy.

    Question lang po mga sir bale nag tanong ako sa isang Shop kung 5yrs warrantty eto ang sagot lang sakin 1yrs warranty then 7 days outright replacement and if ever ba na mag papadistro ako involve padin ba ang shop na bibilhan ko nito or ako nalang ang mag wawalk in?and pano ko po malalaman kung pasok sa warranty period ng distro ang unit na nabili ko?
    habol ko din kasi ang warranty and ive read maganda ang feedback ng seasonic when it comes to warranty un nga lang wala pa ko idea kung pano since this is my first time na mag seseasonic PSU ako.

    enlighten me pls ty
  • If you're getting a Seasonic psu, you have to bring it back to the store you got it from in the first year. After that, sa distro ka na diretso kapag magpapa-RMA ka. Paano mo malalaman kung pasok pa sa distro? Check the sticker or receipt. The date it was bought should be there. In the absence of the receipt, you make an online inquiry with Helix and they will check their records if your psu is still within warranty.

    Bibili ka pa lang eh RMA na agad ang iniisip mo sir? Parang ang paranoid mo naman yata masyado?! Fret not, Seasonic psu are some of the most reliable in the market. They are however susceptible to coil whine but otherwise, they are worth their weight in cash. =p
  • Bibili ka pa lang eh RMA na agad ang iniisip mo sir? Parang ang paranoid mo naman yata masyado?! Fret not, Seasonic psu are some of the most reliable in the market. They are however susceptible to coil whine but otherwise, they are worth their weight in cash. =p


    tama yun sir warranty na talaga ang tinitingnan ko ayokong magaya ulit ung nangyari dati sakin nung bumili ako ng acbel psu nung sumabog ayaw ihonor ng shop ung warranty mishandling daw ang nag yari samantalang wala naman ako ginawang iba like every use lang naman. wala pang 5mos un and supposed to be 1 yr ang warranty nun.

    tsaka isa pa sir electronic gadget yan di mo masasabi kung kelan mamatay yan or magloloko kahit pa iyan dumaan sa quality control may chance pa rin na mag karoon ng factory deffect.

    nway ty for the info.
  • EVGA Supernova G2 750W san meron? Urgently finding this PSU. san kaya meron d2 sa Metro manila
  • Good day po mga sir, tanung ko lang about psu, normal psu po ay 24 pins plust 4 pins p4 na 12 volts para sa mobo? tama po ?

    paano kung 20 pins lang yung meron sa akin tas yung 4 pins p4 na 12volts ay nakalinya sa sa sata line? ok lang ba yun? pico psu pala yung tinutukoy ko..gagana pa din kaya? balak ko mag re use ng pc parts at gagamitin ko sa a10 6700t, salamat po..di kaya kulangin ng power? kasi 20 pins lang?
  • Mga master ano po ba ma ssuggest nyo na psu, plano ko kasi mag upgrade ng gpu into r9 280x. Current psu ko kasi 550w 80 bronze. Kaya pa ba sya or kailangan na mag upgrade? Wala ako plano mag oc. I'm running with fx 6300, 1hdd, 8gb ram. TIA!

    -- edited by deeem213 on Jan 14 2015, 10:20 AM
  • @deeem213

    Mga master ano po ba ma ssuggest nyo na psu, plano ko kasi mag upgrade ng gpu into r9 280x. Current psu ko kasi 550w 80 bronze. Kaya pa ba sya or kailangan na mag upgrade? Wala ako plano mag oc. I'm running with fx 6300, 1hdd, 8gb ram. TIA!


    Anong exact model ng PSU mo?

    A decent 550W 80-Plus Bronze-rated PSU is more than adequate for an FX-6300 + R9-280X rig.

    BTW, ba't di ka na lang mag-GTX 970? Depende sa model ng R9-280X na gusto mo, the GTX 970 might be just a bit more expensive (or priced similarly) while performing faster, running cooler, and consuming less power.
  • Hi guys ano feedback nyo sa Cooler Master PSU? ok ba sya na brand? balak ko bilhin yung Cooler Master V750S.
  • I haven't updated this list in a while.. repost ko muna then maybe update ko in the coming days..

    500w competitors: - Most hotly contested segment because most pc's don't need more than 500w!

    Standard Models: - From trash to gems!
    1. AcBel CE2-500w <-- 450w being sold as a 500w unit, short cables, poor connectors, & horrid grey paint!
    2. Acbel iPower 510 <-- 450w being labelled with its 510w peak power, no sleeving, and short cables too!
    3. Aerocool Strike X 500w <-- Available in modular and non-modular versions. Lack of autovolt feature means that the actual unit sold locally is NOT 80+ compliant as opposed to the claim in their website.
    4. Aerocool Templarius Imperator 550w <-- seller's picture betrays the fact that the locally sold unit lacks autovolt capability. Another falsely labelled unit from Aerocool.. Wonder what else they took out?
    5. Aerocool VP-500 Pro <-- reminiscent of the Zalman 500GS unit, this also comes with a white fan and is similarly made by CWT.. Hmm. The 120,000 hrs MTBF is an interesting claim to make. A better choice than the Strike X 500w methinks.
    6. Antec VP-550w <--Made by Delta, really great but could have been better with full-range input voltage.. This is a true 550w unit though..
    7. CM Elite V2 500w <-- made by Solytech and is pretty much the same as the TT Litepower 500w (LT-500P) and is mediocre at best.
    8. CM Extreme Power Plus 500w <-- made by AcBel, known for short cabling and not being able to deliver its rated wattage. Extremely bad!
    9. CM Thunder M 520w <-- made by CWT and is actually quite well made A bit expensive since I can already get a 80+ certified psu (but non-modular) for the same price..
    10. Corsair VS-550w <-- made by CWT and goes head-to-head with the Antec VP-550P. Very basic but comes with a 3-yr Corsair warranty!
    11. Cougar ST 500w <-- Rapter II cousin comes with an APFC circuit and slightly better internals. Taiwanese caps were used inside..
    12. Cougar SL 500w <-- Latest cat on the block from HEC features autovoltage but sans APFC and 80+ certification. Very affordable due to low connector count and no-frills included. Very basic but is better than the ST methinks..
    13. Crown Challenger 500w <-- Boasts a 5-year local warranty and looks every bit a dressed-up generic psu, this 450w psu should not be your first choice. Buy with caution.
    14. Enermax NAXN Tomahawk II 500w <-- made by CWT and comes in 3 variants. The model available locally has NO PFC circuit and is NOT autovolt. Blah!
    15. EZCOOL Digital 500w <-- fake 80+ sticker easily betrayed by its 220v input voltage. Another overpriced, dressed-up generic psu..
    16. FSP Hexa 500w <-- re-badged FSP Saga that isn't white! Great build but is 200~240v input only. I wish it came with a white fan though..
    17. FSP Supersonic 500w <-- The king of hit-or-miss, make sure to eyeball & research before buying! You just might find a gem..
    18. Gigabyte Superb 550 <-- Don't let the name fool you, this is an entry-level psu only. 450w pretending to be a 500w. Buy with caution.
    19. Gigabyte Odin 585 <-- 460w psu intentionally named with its Max power. It's made by FSP so I guess its okay.. Hehehe.
    20. HEC Rapter II 500w <-- often falsely advertised as 80+ certified but it is not. Who cares? Do you? Mediocre at best..
    21. Huntkey Green Power 500w <-- refreshed V-Power series now complies to ATX 2.3 specs and less than 1w standby power. Avoid.
    22. Huntkey Green Power 550w <-- refreshed V-Power series now complies to ATX 2.3 specs and less than 1w standby power. Avoid.
    23. iMaster PRO 5500 500w <-- really cheap hit has outdated design and is known for not delivering its rated wattage and burning mobo mosfets. Avoid.
    24. iMaster Pro SLi 500w <-- the addition of pcie power connectors & sleeving jacks up the price of an otherwise risky buy. Avoid.
    25. PowerChoice 550w <-- UL number of E199529 says that this was made by Casing Macron of Taiwan.. Definitely better than iMaster generic!
    26. TT Litepower 500w <-- Avoid the old models! The new units (LT-500P) by Solytech is greatly improved. It's still mediocre and 500w is its peak power only.. Gawin mong lite!
    27. TT Smart Power SE 530w <-- Hybrid modular psu made by CWT claims 87% efficiency and is NOT 80+ certified due to the lack of autovoltage feature. It can probably deliver its rated wattage, but probably not for a long time..
    28. TT TR2 500w <-- W0379RU by HEC is mediocre at best. Sweetened only by a 5-year TT warranty. Unless you find the TR-500P model or the Qfan variant.. Research first before buying.
    29. Zalman ZM500-GS <-- made by CWT and sports a fancy white cooling fan and is fully-sleeved.. Its not autovolt but I think its okay if you're on a tight budget. Decent.
    30. Zalman ZM500-LE <-- really low-end stuff compared to the GS. No white fan, no pfc circuit, no full sleeving, and is not autovolt. Blah! Avoid unless you really have no other choice.

    80+ Certified - Does 80+ certification matter?
    1. Antec Basiq BP-500U <-- Great entry-level psu known for its reliability and affordability.
    2. Antec Neo Eco 520w <-- re-badged Seasonic S12, comes in modular and non-modular variants.
    3. Antec HCG 520w <-- Its a re-badged Seasonic M12 but there are a few sellers of this hard-to find modular psu..
    4. Antec TP550 <-- a re-badged Seasonic M12, this is a solid performer with great hybrid-modular cabling.
    5. CM GX II 550w Bronze <-- still made by Enhance, and now comes with standby power usb charging feature and better connector count! Great value!
    6. CM Silent Pro M 500w <-- Outgoing workhorse is quite good - a bit hard to find nowadays.
    7. Corsair CX500w <-- Get the V2 model if you want great value-for-money. Also comes in modular version!
    8. Corsair VX550 <-- a bit hard to come by, this CWT-made psu comes with a great 5-year warranty! A tad expensive though..
    9. Cougar PowerX 550w <-- HEC finally throws in something for the fanboys. This looks like a corrected RS-550w and has a different layout but probably uses the same topology. Great performance marred by previously questionable build quality..
    10. Enermax NAXN 82+ 550w <-- made by CWT and has an excellent review. A bit pricey and the warranty is only 3 years..
    11. EVGA Supernova 500B <-- made by HEC and comes with a 3-year warranty (with online registration). Buy with caution.
    12. FSP Blue Lighting 500w <-- great all-around unit that isn't blue on the outside! A bit rare nowadays as the Raiders take over..
    13. FSP Raider 550w <-- ho-hum matte finish, long cables, and Taiwanese caps. High efficiency because of modern internal design. Great value!
    14. Gigabyte GreenMax 550w <-- made by Acbel and is most likely a rebadged AcBel iPower 660. Its was tested at 600w by 80plus.
    15. Gigabyte LC500 <-- CWT-made oem brother of the Powerock is all business. Great value for business users.
    16. Gigabyte PoweRock 500w <-- A LC500 rounded with sleeving and PEG connectors. Not exactly cheap though..
    17. Gigabyte Superb E570 <-- A 460w psu falsely labelled with its 570w peak power. Not so bad performance though..
    18. HEC RS-550w <-- HEC-550-TE is the name, this is the 550w sibling of the Rapter II's progenitor. This is a true 550w unit though..
    19. Huntkey Jumper 500w <-- not exactly cheap for a 500w psu. Maybe because its actually a 600w psu?!
    20. Huntkey Jumper 550w <-- a 650w psu being sold as 550w! WOOT! No wonder its expensive! Great review!
    21. Raidmax Blackstone 500w <-- Entry level psu from Andyson is probably a what proper Templarius Imperator should be. Stands out with its white theme and turbo fan switch. Great price too!
    22. Raidmax Cobra RX-500AF-B <-- Single rail brother of the Blackstone loses the turbo fan switch and sports a fancy green fan. Strangely more expensive but is still very affordable.
    23. Seasonic S12-II 520w <-- Monster! local distro support is a killer!
    24. Seasonic S12-500ES <-- Great entry-level unit with a 3-year warranty!
    25. Seasonic M12-II 520w <-- Monster! local distro support is a killer!
    26. SS Strider ST50F-ES <-- great single rail competitor. Best value so far for a Silvertone unit. But the oem is mediocre..
    27. SS Strider ST50F-P <-- a bit expensive. this replaces the outgoing ST50F-230. Modular cabling + filtering caps on the wires! FTW!
    28. TT Smart Power 530w <-- made by HEC and it seems to be okay. I think its a re-badged but tweaked HEC RS-550w..
    29. TT Smart Power 550w <-- modular psu made by CWT to go head-to-head with the M12-II. Hmm.
    30. TT TR2 500w (TR-500P) <-- new generation TR2 is a re-badged FSP Epsilon 85+
    31. XFX Pro Core Edition 550w <-- based on the Seasonic S12-II and priced like the M12-II, expect it to be a solid performer though.
    32. Zalman ZM500-GT <-- pcb suggests that this was made by FSP. Kinda reminds me of the OCZ SxS units that were also made by FSP..

    80+ Gold - Grabba gold!
    1. Enermax Revolution 87+ 550w <-- The old king of the hill is back?! But the emperor is already in the house.. Expensive.
    2. CM Silent Pro Gold 550w <-- based on the FSP's Aurum line of psu's, expect straight up performance at a decent price!
    3. Corsair CS 550w <-- oem by Great Wall is actually quite affordable for a Corsair psu! The caveat? It only has a 3-year warranty.
    4. Corsair RM 550w <-- made by CWT and is a bit expensive because of full modularity and Corsair Link compatibility.
    5. FSP Aurum 500w <-- You gotta have the moolah if you want gold. Quite cheap for a gold-certified unit though..
    6. FSP Aurum CM 550w <-- modularized aurum has slightly more power? Great value for a Gold psu!
    7. FSP Aurum Xilenser 500w <-- whisper quiet + very efficient = FTW! You'll need good casing airflow for this one.
    8. NZXT Hale90 550w v1 <-- made by SuperFlower, these guys are expensive! Gold certified and rare, this is a true 550w unit though..
    9. Raidmax Cobra RX-500AE <-- Made by Andyson and offers great value but is of rather untested pedigree..
    10. Seasonic G-550 550w <-- Seasonic finally breaks its silence and releases an affordable Aurum rival! Whoa!
    11. Seasonic X-series 560w <-- You have save up your money for one of the best units around. Expensive? Solid? Check!
    12. TT Toughpower 550w Gold <-- Pics indicate that its a DC-DC psu made by FSP. Another re-badged Aurum?

    80+ Platinum - Plati-whaaat?!
    1. Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550w <-- probably an aurum variant modded for platinum certification. Expensive? You bet! Pretty hard to find though..
    2. Seasonic P-520FL <-- And the new king of the fanless hill arrives with platinum certification and awesome 7-year local warranty coverage. Nice!

    This listing is only for locally-available units. Use it as a guide if you will but the comments are purely my opinion. So please take it with a grain of salt. =)

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