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Old 29th September, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Zippy GSM 6600P [A first look]

Unit: Zippy GSM-6600P, $190 shipped available at myAopen.com (pm me before you buy!)


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My Zippy GSM-6600P arrived today. I got it from myAopen.com. They shipped it promptly and it arrived as promised.This unit is on top of Wolf's list of recommended PSU's. So far I have three of the top five, i.e Zippy, Lite-On and Wintact. Lite-On came out of JonnyGURU's tests in flying colors and the Wintact is a proven performer. What remains to be tested out is the Zippy. I'm going to post a few pictures before sending it off for ATE-Testing.

Outer box:


http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8703/img1730hc5.jpg


Manufacturer Specs:

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/332/img1732ar3.jpg


The unit itself:

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/8164/img1733uj2.jpg

The fan is a Sanyo-Denki!

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/221/img1734xn4.jpg

Caps are Nippon-Chemicon and the big blue one is probably a Hitachi.

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/6716/img1746ek8.jpg


Very well organized inside. No hint of sloppy soldering, heat-shrinking of cables or component placement. Built to last!

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/9264/img1737go7.jpg


The logic board perpendicular to the floor of the unit is a temperature sensor/fan controller (I'm 90% sure of this).

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/6701/img1742kc5.jpg

Output side wiring. Note the well wound choke. You may be able to see a transparent goo on the inductor. I believe it provides damping and holds a thermistor to the heatsink.

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/110/img1745tr5.jpg

Another shot of that.

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/3559/img1751sy0.jpg


http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/3664/img1752oc0.jpg
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Old 29th September, 2006, 06:50 PM
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I think the black box contains a device to provide RF/EMI correction (not sure about this though).


http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/4834/img1757wu9.jpg

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8674/img1758ns5.jpg
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Old 29th September, 2006, 07:59 PM
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Thank you for posting this, Super Nade! This is a nice power supply. Once upon a time it was mooted that Zippy-Emacs and PC Power&Cooling were the same PSU. I don't think they are. However, seeing the insides of this power supply shows that it's very high quality-I thought there was a toroidal transformer in there for a minute! Kinda weird that the 550W and 600W specs look the same in the pic you so kindly provided.
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Old 29th September, 2006, 10:38 PM
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Thank you guys, very generous of you to bump it up to the front page.
I love the attention to detail. This unit weighs about 7 lbs! No skimping on the components though. Upon examining the PCB, I think it is some high quality stuff like a Polyamide based compound. Minimizes stray capacitive coupling. Also, it looks like this unit may have independent regulation. They include a test report vide the Chroma-ATE. Obviously, they have great confidence in their units.

At one point, PCP&C sourced their units from Zippy and Sparkle, even.
http://www.tdl.com/~netex/cases/ps.html
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That is a nice PSU...I am in the market now. My Aopen PSU cannot keep up with all that is going on in my case. I hade to back down my OC to get my 6800 to work...
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That is a nice PSU...I am in the market now. My Aopen PSU cannot keep up with all that is going on in my case. I hade to back down my OC to get my 6800 to work...
If you wish to avail a small $5.00 discount, follow the instructions here:-
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Crudoleum. Thinking about it, 600W may not be big enough for my next box. Arrgh. Wait a minute, PC Power & Cooling's 750W Silencer is listed at $199. I paid $20 more for their EPS 510W SLI. Looks like their prices reflect more competition nowadays. Yippee.
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If you wish to avail a small $5.00 discount, follow the instructions here:-
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It looks like a good PSU...5 bucks is 5 bucks...
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Crudoleum. Thinking about it, 600W may not be big enough for my next box. Arrgh. Wait a minute, PC Power & Cooling's 750W Silencer is listed at $199. I paid $20 more for their EPS 510W SLI. Looks like their prices reflect more competition nowadays. Yippee.
Competition did play a role, but in a different way. The 510 W Turbocool branded units are made by WinTact, a highly respected top drawer OEM, second only to Zippy and Etasis. The Silencers, on the other hand are made by Seasonic. So, there is a big difference in build quality.
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Seasonics were on AMD's approved for Athlon XP list years ago. If PC Power&Cooling's 750W Silencers are as nice inside as your Zippy, that'd be OK by me. Come to think of it, I've seen pics of the inside of PC P&C's Turbocools that show higher quality components than your Zippy--but not by much!
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It is pretty had to say really, both units have independent regulation, good EMI filtersing and good quality caps. I have a Turbocool sitting onm my desk right now, but I can't seem to find the screwdriver to open it up again. Seasonic is also very good!

The Zippy has Hitachi and Nippon-Chemicon caps in it. All rated for 105 C.
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Output side wiring. Note the well wound choke. You may be able to see a transparent goo on the inductor. I believe it provides damping and holds a thermistor to the heatsink.
More likely it's to prevent clumsy shipping companies and couriers from damaging the inductor by slapping the box around. The low side of the heatsink is probably connected to the ground point, thus a short between the inductor and the heatsink would cause the shorting of all the output rails.

How have you verified independant regulation?
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How have you verified independant regulation?
I'm in the process of definitively veryfying this (sent it out for ATE tests). Also if I remember correctly, the Chroma-ATE test report included with the unit makes a mention of this (I will know for sure when the unit comes back to my hands).

However, you can check here:-
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/oth.../atx-psu4.html

The core of the GSM series is taken from Zippy's server PSM series. Exact same layout as mine.
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Update:

ATE Test results are done. You can find them here:-
http://www.jonnyguru.com/PSU/GSM-6600P/
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jonnyguru.com likes this PSU. IIRC, PC Power & Cooling uses a beefier heatsink in their 510 Express/SLI. However, I dunno if if their power supply uses the exterior as a heatsink. Cool feature of the Zippy 600W.
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The aluminum is carbon blackened. Same as what I use in my laser diode collimation tubes. Superb thermal conductivity while electrically an insulator.
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