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PSU 850W-1kW Power Supply Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by LordLuciendar, 27 Feb 2012.

  1. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    So with my upcoming upgrade to Sandy Bridge/ Ivy Bridge I had thought to replace my Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W with a more powerful 850W+ power supply to ensure stability with multiple graphics cards, hard drives, SSD, and overclocking. I found the Enermax Platimax EPM850EWT 850W and thought it would meet my needs nicely, but it has come to my attention that it is the most expensive power supply under 900W out there at $250... so, recommend me an alternative?

    Must be modular.
    System Specs:
    P8P67 Pro
    i7-2600K to whatever it will hit stably with a Tt Frio cooler, hoping for 4.8-4.9GHz
    16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Dominator 1866MHz
    2x GTX 560 Ti 448 Core
    up to 5 7200RPM Hard Drives
    2x Corsair Force Series 3 or Force GT (might upgrade later to a RAID card and up to 10 drives)
    1xBD-ROM 1xBD-RE

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. el2k

    el2k Well-Known Member

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    I'm using the Corsair AX850 and it's flawlessly perfect.
     
  3. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    Also come with a 7 year warranty I might add!
     
  4. Ficky Pucker

    Ficky Pucker I

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    if i had to buy a PSU right now i'd get the Seasonic Platinum 1000W
     
  5. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for the AX850. Fantastic PSU
     
  6. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    Pretty overwhelming for the Corsair, and I can see why. Any thoughts on if I should bump up from the 850W to a 1kW?

    I'm worried that if I start to push this with OC on graphics as well as processor I might eke over 800W, which is a bit close to 850W for my liking, a good 100W buffer is appreciated. Anyone with a similar setup know what sort of power they're pulling?
     
  7. Uxon

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    There's always the CoolerMaster Silent Pro M1000, weirdly their normal bronze range of Silent pro M PSUs gets better reviews than their 'gold' range.

    If you want to spend a bit more the BeQuiet! Dark Power range is also very good.
     
  8. Andre_B

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    What they said. Great PSU.
     
  9. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

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    I`ve seen reviews where the AX 850 has been drawing 1000W with zero stabilty problems in many tests. Also at 20% load or less the fan doesn`t spin up meaning its silent during light use, i.e. internet browsing.

    Definately recommend.
     
  10. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    Well it depends. You listed 2 x 560s in op which, if you clock like mad both gpus and cpu an 850 will be fine.

    2 x 580, 6xx or 7xxx equivalent with big overclocks? A bigger PSU would be sensible.

    I bought the AX850 for 2 top end GPUs and a clocked SB/IB but I'm not so interested in clocking the GPUs much, if at all.

    Edit: saying all that, you listed the 448 versions and a possible 10 HDD strong raid array an 2 x SSD...
     
  11. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I, along with several others on this forum, swear by Enermax PSU's. If you want the best, then they're it. It's why I have my Revolution.

    Just remember, the Platinum it made to a spec that doesn't exist yet... 90+% efficiency...
     
  12. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    Enermax are very good. Only trouble is the length of them in a small chassis.
     
  13. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    I will never be able to afford dual $400-500 cards. Dual $300 cards is about as far as the budget can stretch, either the 560 Ti 448 Core or their next gen replacement, depending on how long I wait/ if I wait for Ivy Bridge.

    Also, I will do up to a 5 disk hard drive RAID, not likely to go any higher. If I go with the 10 disk RAID I was mentioning, it'll be 10 SSD. Most of my storage is on my network on a trio of servers.

    I swear by Enermax too, to be honest. Part of why they were my first choice. I have been using Thermaltake for the past 3-4 years or so, but Enermax has still been my first choice. I'm just not sure it's worth an extra 25% ($50) for the Enermax when real world gains will likely be pretty minimal... thoughts?

    I've got about a max of 3in of room from my Toughpower 650W Qfan to where the wires would be right up against my BD-ROM in my Ultra Aluminus case, but that said, if I do go with a 10 SSD RAID down the line, my hard drives would have to go in a drive cage up in the 5.25in bays and they tend to be longer than optical drives.
     
  14. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    The Platinum is regarded as litterally the best PSU money can buy though...
     
  15. thetrashcanman

    thetrashcanman Angel headed hipsters

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    THIS THIS THIS, 6 BILLION TIMES Over, If I have to convince you then take this is an example, a certain other reviewer TTL and the company that he works for (who shall not be named) tested the 1350W MaxRevo Unit this one to be precise http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1350...plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx

    They test the stability of the 12v rails and found that the unit could pull 1700w! and remain within ATX spec. it even went to 1900W! and then when they pushed it 2000W and all it did quite simply was shut itself down, five minutes later after reseting the power supply tester, turned it all back on again and it was fine.


    Yes I know the cable's aren't particularly attractive, but if you really don't like them think of it as a challenge and braid them, that's what I've done with 3 of my Enermax units :D, or if you a bit wary of braiding, just purchase some extenders.


    All I would say in conclusion then is the Corsair units are great, this however is better.
     
  16. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    Hmm... well... huh...

    For a moment there I was convinced to go with the Corsair... but maybe not anymore. Seriously looking at the Platimax 850W and 1000W now, debating between to the two. I was wondering if there is a lower spec Enermax (80+ Gold/ Silver) but the Revo87+ isn't much cheaper... that said, the MaxRevo 1350W is only $10 more than that, and the Platimax 1200W only a bit more than that... so, currently looking at, for my system:

    Corsair Pro AX850 at $190
    Enermax Platimax 850W at $250
    Corsair Pro AX1200 at $280
    Enermax Platimax 1000W at $290 (I am currently leaning towards this PSU)
    Enermax MaxRevo 1350W at $300
    Enermax Platimax 1200W at $330
     
  17. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    Your not going wrong with any of them...
    If you think you will need the 1KW (or more going by what trash said) then go for it... otherwise save the $100 and grab the AX :thumb:
     
  18. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    I'd also look at the Seasonic Platinum 1000 which is $260 from here

    The only negative thing I could say about this is that when it comes to sleeving they don't follow the ATX convention for pinouts at the PSU end. After saying that the only PSUs that do that are some of the Silverstone Strider series.
     
  19. law99

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  20. tonpal

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    Add Seasonic Platinum to your list and you have pretty much covered the best power supplies available.
     

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