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Old 5th November, 2002, 12:22 PM
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http://www.maxpoint.com/powersupply/...465p_ve_fc.htm

is this a good psu or advise on a coparable for the money


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Old 5th November, 2002, 12:26 PM
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Enermax have a reputation for having a low 5v output. Holst (one of our EPoX tech support representatives always advises the Sparkle 400 watt psu. Its also my current favorite! Its rated for 400 watts, I have it loaded up with roughly 350 watts constantly, and its running faultlessly!

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Old 5th November, 2002, 12:33 PM
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thanks thats what im looking for and thanks for the welcome


so maybe this one FSP400-60GN(12V) - OEM AMD
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Thats the one
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Old 5th November, 2002, 08:00 PM
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I have several of the Enermax 465 series. The 5V is spot on and holds great. Had no problems with them and they are really quiet compared to most of the other PSUs on the market.

I also am using the Antec Truepower 430 series now in a new box. Seems to have really solid output, but the 12V runs low at first. Has to burn in for several weeks to get to it's steady output. Once burned in, it provides a very stable output. It has some fan control features that I am testing now.

Both of these are much quieter than the Sparkle series, if you care about noise. They also both contribute to the case cooling.
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My sparkle is silent, temp controlled fan.
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Old 6th November, 2002, 06:05 PM
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I got a chance to get this PSU for "free" so I grabbed it:
VANTEC VAN-520A (520W) Black Aluminum Power Supply.
It has some nice specs!
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Old 8th November, 2002, 07:52 AM
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Uncle Bob,

So hows the Vantec PSU holding up??? Are you using it on an overclocked system??? Thinking of getting one of those
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Old 8th November, 2002, 09:38 PM
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With a few exceptions, Vantec makes very good bang-for-buck heatsinks. I'm interested in their PS's, too!
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I'm actually more curious as to how UB obtained a "free" PSU. Hey, free is good, even if the PSU stinks, you can't complain about the price...
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Old 9th November, 2002, 12:44 AM
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One of the more important things on a PSU is the 3.3v anf 5v combined power. (as thats whatl normally feeds your CPU)

On that 520watt PSU its 280, which is pretty good.
On my sparkel 400 combined power is 295watts.

High wattage isnt allways the best. especially when comparing the sparkle 400 to the vantec 420 (with the sparkle with 50% more combined power).
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Thanks for the tip, Holst. Now I see that the less powerful Vantec PS's are out of the question. Too bad, I'm sure that the 520W model can't be cheap.
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Old 9th November, 2002, 06:33 AM
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No, it wasn't. I didn't have to pay for it, it was a gift. I wish I had wished for something else! I feel like a guinea pig on the nortend of a southbound horse if you know what I mean, wink, wink, nod, nod!
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Old 15th November, 2002, 07:32 PM
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OK, I give up...(UNCLE...LOL) I put the Sparkle PSU back in my main rig. I tested with a reliable calibrated tester Fluke) that I use for my electrical work.
The Vantec read 4.82 v
The Sparkle read 5.02v
All of these readings are under load with CPU running SETI, and all case fans running.
Interestingly:
The Vantec read 12.09v
The Sparkle read 12.01v
I guess you get a little something for about $80 more, huh?
You can see a correction factor for the Winbond chip would be necessary, however we really need to look at the difference mostly. Here is a new MBM screenie:
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Old 15th November, 2002, 10:18 PM
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those sparkles get recommended a lot, and they're cheaper than your antecs and enermaxes too. i should have got one i think, this enermax does seem to give a low-ish 5v line on the Epox.

Think i was put off cos i had a sparkle Geforce2MX which was specced out really crap, and I though they were a cheapo company. plus the name sounds like Barbie's pony or something to me which didn't help matters, hehe

not dissing em though cos i only hear good things about their power supplies.
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