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o come one, spend $40 and get one of the best PSUs around
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... ode=270022


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While I love modularity and overkill, ATM money is a factor. Read about 5 posts back if you want to know why.

Edit: Alright! It turns out I can cancel the order after all! Once my money is refunded I'm thinking of buying the Kingston ram, though ATM I'd only want one stick. Anyone need one? I'd be willing to test it for you and pay shipping. End price would probably come out to $85-90


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I meant that the Cooler Master was barely quieter than the recordings suggested. Maybe that doesn't mean anything, though...

Have you decided which PSU to buy, yet?
I recommend the Enermax EG425P VE SFMA 2.0. No PFC, but for your budget PFC is almost out of the question. It's got the Enermax name, great performance, PCIe, and it's priced right. It's also super quiet.

$75 @ the Newegg
$72.99 @ ZipZoomFly
$74 @ AeroCooler -- these guys ship way faster than Newegg!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:35 am 
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Do you know how much noise that thing makes? I've already got a PSU with 2X 80mm fans and I'm trying to improve amount of noise made, not keep it the same and get more wattage.

Edit: Alright folks which one of these PSU's would you buy over the others and why? got them out of this review

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 014&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 020&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 210&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 486&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 974&depa=0


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urmumsacow wrote:
Do you know how much noise that thing makes? I've already got a PSU with 2X 80mm fans and I'm trying to improve amount of noise made, not keep it the same and get more wattage.


18dB not quiet enough for you?

Review 1
Review 2
Review 3

They all say that this thing is quiet. Even your Anandtech review praises the Enermax, along with Zalman and Fortron. Fortrons are loud as hell.

Out of the ones you picked out, I have to ask, can you really live with yourself knowing your system is powered by "Sparkle?"

If you're only going to look at the ones you picked out, definitely Zalman or Thermaltake. I'm leaning towards the Zalman because I bet it's quietest.

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Thug Esquire wrote:
urmumsacow wrote:
Do you know how much noise that thing makes? I've already got a PSU with 2X 80mm fans and I'm trying to improve amount of noise made, not keep it the same and get more wattage.


18dB not quiet enough for you?

Review 1
Review 2
Review 3

None of those reviews use anything more than a multimeter, a rather poor showing for the PSU's output capability. I am looking into the article above more thoroughly though.


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None of those reviews use anything more than a multimeter, a rather poor showing for the PSU's output capability. I am looking into the article above more thoroughly though.

All I'm saying is that when it comes down to a Zalman, a Fortron, a Thermaltake, a Sparkle, and an Enermax, I'm going Enermax.

Fortron = loud.
Sparkle = 'nuff said.
Thermaltake = decent, but personal acquaintances have complained about noise levels.
Zalman = everything seems just fine, but it doesn't have the reputation of Enermax.


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Fortron loud? Read the link: http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling/sh ... =1841&p=23

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Fortron FSP400-60PFN Min: 28.0 Max: 32.5


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Ah, sorry. I've read other Fortron reviews that complained about noise, specifically for the Blue Storm.


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Some of you might wonder why I'm going through all this trouble for so similar PSU's, the answer? I have to wait a few days for my money to be refunded and I've got lots of free time.

Thermaltakes:
Thermaltake 1
Thermaltake 2
Thermaltake 3
Thermaltake 4
Thermaltake 5
Thermaltake 6
Thermaltake 7

Noise:
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Fortron: - Min: 28.0 Max: 32.5
Zalman: - Min: 28.0 Max: 32.5
Therma: - Min: 28.0 Max: 32.0 - The one I believe to be from the review

Rank in memtest:
1 - Zalman 1.00
2 - Fortron 1.33
3 - Theraltake 2.67

Voltage stuff:
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PRICE:
Fortron: 61.00
Zalman: 68.50
Themal: 59.00

Enermax: 73.00 http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... ode=270321
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Pro's: wrote:
Fortron:
- low to middle pricing
- best at memtest
- 2nd best in voltage readings
- PFC

Zalman:
- 2nd best at memtest
- best in voltage readings
- highest efficiency %
- PFC

Thermal:
- lowest price
- damn near 2nd best at voltage readings
- Fan controler(s)

Con's: wrote:
Fortron:
- (nothing included?)

Zalman:
- highest price

Thermal:
- no PFC?

PFC is worthless to me?


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I have a fortron blue storm and it is quieter than my 120mm case fans.


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Thug Esquire wrote:
All I'm saying is that when it comes down to a Zalman, a Fortron, a Thermaltake, a Sparkle, and an Enermax, I'm going Enermax.


I can only speak from the experience on my main system, which has an Enermax 365w "Whisper", which has 2 fans and a temp guage for speed variation. The thing is louder than all 3 of my 80mm case fans combined plus my CPU fan, especially if I turn the two Thermaltakes to minimum speed.

If this what Enermax calls a "whisper", I think I'll try another brand. Of course the fact that this particular unit keeps screwing up my video output doesn't help its case, but even before that was a problem, I wondered if Enermax had hired a deaf guy to do their noise level testing.


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Hmm... now that I've installed the fan speed controller for my new thermaltake PSU, the noise isn't bad. In fact I'm pretty sure I can't hear the PSU at all. I think the noisiest component now is my front fan for my hard drives.


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