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PSU What do you think about Seasonic CONNECT

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ifohancroft, 8 Mar 2020.

  1. ifohancroft

    ifohancroft Member

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    What do you think about the new Seasonic CONNECT PSU with the "hub" that you attach to the back with magnets and you plug the cables in it as opposed to in the PSU itself?

    Apparently it has been revealed at Computex 2018 (unless I remember it wrong) but it seems there have been videos and articles about it all over the internet, only recently.

    I quite like it actually. I still wish the cable going from the PSU to the "hub" could be detachable though (I mean it is on the hub side, but not on the PSU), also I am not entirely fond of the fact that it has lighting in single color (doesn't have to have lighting but if it has, it better be RGB so you can color match it, is the way I look at things).
     
  2. kim

    kim hardware addict

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    personally I find it pretty neat...:thumb:, but you're right, lighting color should be customizable
     
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  3. ifohancroft

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    I have yet to try it, but I am thinking that especially for desk pc builds, it will help with the cable management over traditional fully modular PSUs. I mean as in, if you are designing the desk from scratch and trying to build an enclosure somewhere (maybe below the components?) for routing and hiding the cables.
     
  4. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Its interesiting but wouldn't work for my current system. The combination of PC-011, EATX motherboard and 360 rad means theres no space for the cables, so they have to come in from the top!
     
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  5. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    I saw that recently too. As an idea, I think it's pretty neat. But I think the entire build needs to be done with it planned in from the start.

    I don't know that I could make use of it in my current setup without completely stripping and redoing everything.

    I agree on the lighting, though. RGB puke isn't my bag, but if it has to have lights they better be controllable to match whatever other lighting there is.
     
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  6. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    It looks like it could be pretty handy in custom mods or desks with PC's built in, rather than in standard cases.
     
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  7. ifohancroft

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    Yeah. I agree that you either have to plan for it from the start or you have to strip everything and redo it to integrate it in your current build.
     
  8. Anfield

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    I think it is very limited use the way they implemented it.

    What would be far more useful would be if they teamed up with a case manufacturer and integrated the hub directly into a case (complete with cables of the correct length etc).
     
  9. ifohancroft

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    That's true but I like the fact that it is standalone so you can use it with whatever you want. There is however a list of supported cases, so maybe they were made with the usage of this thing in mind?
     
  10. Dr. Coin

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    I like the idea, I hope lots of people jump on it so that there is further development because in my opinion there a couple areas the look like they could be improved. The connect needs the primary connection to be modular so that one can adjust the cable length depending on case and mounting location. I'm not a fan of magnets for long term mounting, so it be nice to have some mounting options (and not 3m tape or valcro). My main issue is the 30 wires in the connect cable, a result of sending 12 V DC to the connect. Rather than sending 12 V DC to the remote unit requiring what looks like 20 wires + 10 smaller wires presumably for control, why not use 24 V and have half as many wires, but why stop, 48V and a a quarter of the wires. I know my suggestion adds an extra level of DC-DC conversion but I feel it has a advantage.

    If it isn't too overly priced I will consider it for my next build.
     
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  11. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    (Linus Tech Tips warning)

    Looks quite cool! I also just remembered that ATX12v is a thing, so maybe this is a step towards that!
     
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  12. Jeff Hine

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    One word springs to mind - expensive.

    Having watched this last night, I can see that it has a place, but dunno whether it's got enough cases that fit the design ethos.
    At the price in the video, I'd have thought they'd offer the option to swap out stock cables for custom ones to better suit the build you choose to use it (PSU) for.
     
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  13. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Look up ATX12v standard, iots just 12v straight to the motherboard.
     
  14. modd1uk

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    Waste of money, and would make tidying harder as it wont fit all cases.
     
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  15. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Yeah I'm on the daft side.

    It's an idea. Not a great one tbh.
     
  16. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    31, if you ask me.

    That being the total number of gullible muppets that will part with their own hard earned for this ridiculous thing.
     
  17. Dr. Coin

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    It's not just 12V to the motherboard, ATX12V still requires the PSU to provide -12, 3.3 , 5VSB, and 5 V DC, it just reduced the amount of power these rails were required to provide as primary power is now drawn from the 12V bus and not the 3.3 and 5 volt buses.
    I have an urge to watch Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels now.
     
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  18. Vault-Tec

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    Do it, or you'll be crying tears bigger than October cabbages :p
     
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  19. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    One of those things that gets produce that I just think 'why?'.
     
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  20. Vault-Tec

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    Because it's one of those things where you really can't be any better at.

    Kinda like those stupid water cooled PSUs. That never came out because that was stupid too.
     
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