Category: PSU

CIRCLE CPH799 PC POWER SUPPLY

Circle Desktop Power Supply Slim SMPS (CPH799)

The Circle Desktop Power Supply Slim SMPS (CPH799) is a low cost basic model intended for replacement and repair in the India market. It sells for about  ₹899 new. The CPH799 runs on 230V power which is typical in India. The rated output is 400W but the 12V current is limited to 12A which makes this really …

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CORSAIR AX1500I PC POWER SUPPLY

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The Corsair AX1500i (CP-9020057-NA) power supply is an enthusiast model for extreme gaming. The AX series a high-end enthusiast class power supply the is designed for extreme setups. The AX1500i can deliver the full rated  power with 100V or better AC voltage. Low input power may reduce the maximum power output slightly. The Corsair AX …

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CORSAIR CS450M PC POWER SUPPLY

The Corsair CS450M (CP-9020075) power supply is an entry level gaming model that we procured for a refurbished machine. The old AK-680 PSU had dual 12V circuits which limited the use of advanced gaming grade video cards somewhat. The CS450M uses a single circuit to eliminate confusion about cables and loading. The CS series are …

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ENERGY USING PRODUCTS 2013

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Energy Using Products (EuP) 2013 is a EU directive 2009/125/EC. The previous directive for energy using products only covered products that used energy, such as washing machines or computer. The new ErP-Directive covers products under the old EuP Directive as well as products that are energy-related and do not directly use energy such as water-saving …

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OUR PSU TESTING & REVIEW

PC power supplies generally last several years so they qualify as durable goods. The EPA however recognized that a lot of power was being wasted with obsolete designs so they embarked on their Energy Star campaign. For background, see the page on the ATX power supply. PSU TESTER We use a low cost PSU tester that …

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CORSAIR TX850V2 PC POWER SUPPLY

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The Corsair TX850V2 (CMPSU-850TXV2) power supply is an enthusiast model that we procured for use with the desktop gaming machine. The old AK-680 PSU had dual 12V 20A circuits which limited the use of advanced gaming grade video cards somewhat. The TX850V2 uses a single circuit to eliminate confusion about cables and loading. The Corsair …

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COUNTERFEIT COMPUTER HARDWARE

We have noticed that counterfeit computer components are becoming a growing problem. We first encountered this problem with the AK 680 power supply. The Echostar 680W is even worse. Both use oem power supply boards and labeled their respective products at double the actual true capacity or more. Vast  numbers of these counterfeit power supplies …

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ECHOSTAR 680W PC POWER SUPPLY

The Echostar 850W is an ATX 2.03 power supply that seems to another Leadman 8867 250W. being sold at far beyond its actual capacity. Calling this 850W is counterfeit. This PSU is even worse than the A-Power AK 680 we have. PCB reads LP-8867 Rev: 1.3. Caps are Cheng LS on the primary and Cheng …

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FSP GROUP SAGA+ 400R PC POWER SUPPLY

The FSP Group Saga+ 400R (PSUFSP400-60GHN85) power supply is a basic low cost generic 350W ATX 2.1 model for desktop machines.  FSP Group is a low-end brand out of Taiwan. FSP has the ISO 9001 designation, which suggests their serious about becoming a stronger brand in the industry. The 400R  is the standard ATX 86 …

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A-POWER AK 680 PC POWER SUPPLY

The A-Power AK680 is a counterfeit PSU made using a Leadman 8867 350W power supply board. This was then sold at far above its actual capacity which is false pretences. This was also done with the DynaPower brand of PSU which is also falsely labelled. The A-Power AK 680 power supply is a basic low cost …

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COOLERMASTER RS-460-PMSR-A3 PC POWER SUPPLY

The CoolerMaster RS-460-PMSR-A3 power supply is a basic low cost generic 400W ATX PSU, Its sold mostly into the repair and maintenance market. To make things worse for reviewers, there are four kinds of power supplies on the new eXtreme Power Plus series: the ones using an 80 mm fan on the rear of the …

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ALLIED AL-D500EXP 500W PC POWER SUPPLY

The Allied AL-D500EXP power supply is an ATX 2.0 power supply intended for the repair market for ATX class machines. This PSU is usually bundled with a low-end chassis. The PSU cannot come close to the claimed 500W power without failure. This suggests the brand is counterfeit. Allied is one of a number of different …

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LEADMAN 8867 250W ATX POWER SUPPLY

The Leadman 8867 250W power supply is a basic ATX model sold mostly to OEM system builders. The ATX 1.03 design is best suited to Socket 7 and Slot 1 class machines. FEATURES 80 or 120 mm Fan Cooler and quieter operation Sleeved cables One (1) 16-inch 20+4-pin ATX power connector One (1) 16-inch 4/8-pin …

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LEADMAN 8867 350W ATX POWER SUPPLY

The Leadman 8867 350W ATX power supply is a basic low cost model aimed at the OEM market. Leadman is a relatively unknown brand outside Asia. This PSU is pretty basic ATX 1.03 compliant for Pentium and Pentium II machines. FEATURES 80 or 120 mm Fan Cooler and quieter operation Sleeved cables One (1) 16-inch …

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THE ATX PC POWER SUPPLY

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All too often the PC power supply is neglected. Remember the whole machine is dependent on the power supply. For that reason it’s foolish to buy a crappy power supply. We spent a lot of money on power supplies until we finally bought the Corsair TX850V2 which has delivered a level of quality far beyond …

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