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1-5 Power Supply Tier List

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This is an updated PSU tier list last seen on the Newegg Egg Xpert forums seen here - http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

This tier list should be taken in consideration before buying a Power Supply, just like the Egg Xpert Tier list. This tier list doesn't bias in efficiency ratings or personal opinions, this tier list is generated and tiered based on un-biased, genuine reviews from leading computer hardware reviewing teams such as TechPowerUp, Hexus, eTechnix, Tweaktown etc.

I will be adding the current tiered PSU manufactures, series etc. from the Egg Xpert forum, along with new editions. This list will be updated weekly to keep with recommendations and avoidances from experts here and from the reviewing teams themselves. Please suggest a PSU manufacture and series to be added to a listed tier in the mean time, as some newly released PSUs may not have been reviewed right away. Also, please suggest an update on the current list, just so recommendations are accurate.

Currently un-tiered -

Antec EDGE series

BeQuiet -
SFX power 2
TFX power 2

Cooler Master -
GX II 450 / 550 / 650 Watts
Digital 1200w Titanium efficiency

Corsair HXi series
EVGA Supernova G / P / T2 1600w
FSP Aurum S series

LEPA -
MX-F1
MaxGold 1000w

Rosewill -
Quark series
AIM Digital series

Silverstone -
NightJar Platinum 520 watts
SX600-G SFX

Super Flower Leadex Titanium 1600w

Thermaltake -
Cities Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, London
Toughpower Titanium 1500w


Tier one - The highest quality and most stable PSUs available on the hardware market today. Highly recommended for any situation


Antec
High Current Pro - 1200 watts
High Current Platinum series

Be Quiet Dark power pro P10 (Greater than 750 Watts)

Corsair
AX / AXi series (MK1 AX series is also an excellent choice)
AX1500i (MK3 AX platform, Titanium efficiency)

EVGA
Supernova G2
Supernova P2

Kingwin Lazer platinum series
PC Power & cooling Silencer series (Only above 610 Watts)

Seasonic
M12 II 650 / 750 / 850w (Includes EVO series)
Platinum series (Fanless or not)
X series

Super Flower
Leadex Gold series
Leadex Platinum series

XFX
Black edition series
XXX series


Tier two class A - Excellent quality units, if not, as good as the Tier one class of units. For people who have a limited budget, but still want a reliable unit for the price


Antec
Earthwatts series (Only from 700 Watts and up)
High Current Gamer series
Neo HE
Truepower Classic 750w
Truepower New (700 Watts only)
Truepower Trio
Truepower Quattro

Cooler Master
V series
VS series

Be Quiet
Power zone series
Straight power E9 (Greater than 400 Watts)

Corsair
GS series (GS600 / GS800)
HX / HX v2 series
RM 450 / 550 / 650w models (Made by Channel Well Technology)
TX / TXM series

Cougar SX and GX 700

Enermax
MaxRevo 1350 Watts
Platimax series (under 1250 Watts)
Triathlor (550, 650, 700)

Enhance ENP-GH
Lepa G500
NZXT Hale82 Modular (650 and 750 Watt models)

OCZ
EliteXStream series
EvoXStream series
Fatal1ty series (Last gen 80+ models)
GameXStream series (less than 1000 Watts, if manufactured from December 2007 or later)
ModXStream series (Again, if manufactured from December 2007 or later)
ProXStream
StealthXStream (400 Watt only)
StealthXStream MK2 (greater than 700 Watts)
ZT / ZS series (less than 1000 Watts)
ZX 850 Watts

PC Power & Cooling
Silencer (Less than 610 Watts)
Silencer MK2 series

Rosewill
Capstone series
Silent Night 500 Watts
Tachyon series

Seasonic
G series
S / M12 MK1 series
S / M12 II Bronze 430 / 520 / 620w (Includes EVO series)

Setney Golden Steel Power 850 Watts
Seventeam ST series (less than 600 Watts)
Silverstone OP / DA series (less than 700 Watts)

Supermicro / Ablecom

Thermaltake Toughpower series (greater than 600 Watts)
Thortech Thunderbolt plus (800 Watts only)
Topower Powerbird (900 Watts only)
XClio Stablepower series

XFX
Pro series
Core series
XTR series

Xigmatek
HC Series
MC Series

Ultra
X3 series
X-Pro series

Zalman ZM series (Less than 1000 Watts)


Tier two Class B - Lower life span or slightly lower power output than rated. These are still great units, all of which are still within standard ATX specifications

Azza Platinum 750w / 1000w
ABS-Tagan ITZ / BZ series (less than 1000 Watts)
Antec VP series (350, 450 only)

Cooler Master
GX series (450 Watt only)
Real power Pro (Greater than 800 Watts)

Cougar S700

Enermax NaXn 82+ (550 to 750 Watts)
EVGA Supernova NEX (greater than 750 Watts)
Fractal Design Newton R3 Series

FSP
Aurum Gold
Aurum Xilencer

Hiper
Type M (Greater than 600 Watts)
Type R (Again, greater than 600 Watts)

Huntkey Jumper series
Kingwin Lazer gold series
Lepa B series (B650, B850 only)
Mushkin Enhanced series

NZXT
Hale 82 series (Non modular, apart from 650 Watt model)
Hale 90 V1 / V2 series

OCZ
Powerstream series
StealthXStream (Less than 700 Watts, if manufactured from December 2007 or older)

Silverstone Strider Element series (EF series)

Tagan
U95
U25
U15
U22

Topower Powerbird (1100 Watts only)
XClio Greatpower series
Zalman ZM 1250 Watts

Tier three - Meets standard ATX specifications, though closer to the edges than Tier two units. These are still solid units, which still supply stable power to your system, though not ideal for serious overclocking

Acbel Polycom series

Akasa
Paxpower
Powerplus (Greater than 500 Watts)

AMS Mercury series

Antec
Basiq series
Earthwatts series (greater than 700 Watts)
Neopower 480 Watt (Old model)
Truecontrol MK2
Truepower MK2 / MK3

Athena Power space shuttle series

Be Quiet
Dark power pro (Less than 750 Watts)
Pure power L8 / Purepower L8 CM series
Straight power E9 400 Watts

Bitfenix Fury 750w

Cooler master
G550M
GX II 750 Watts
i Series 700 Watts
iGreen series
Real power pro (less than 800 Watts)
Silent pro M2 / Gold / Platinum series

Corsair
CS series (High inrush current and +12V ripple levels, only on high levels of load)
CX / CXM series
RM 750 / 850w models (LTEC capacitors and made by Chicony)
VS series

Enermax
Maximum Plus series
naXn ADV 650 Watts
Revolution X't series
Triathlor / Traiathlor FC series

Enhance ENS-G
Epower Xscale series

EVGA
Supernova 750 Watts
Supernova Classified 1500 Watts

FSP Aurum 92+ 650M

Fractal Design
Integra R2 650 / 750 Watts
Tesla R2

Kingwin
Lazer series
Mach 1 (the negative 12v rail may go slightly outside of spec in some loading conditions)

Lepa G900

OCZ
ModXStream (rated at 40° C)
Z series 1000 Watts

Rosewill
Fortress Series
Hercules 1600 Watts
Hive series
RP 2 (temp. Sensitive)
Xtreme / RX series

Seasonic Super versatile series
Sigma SP series
Silversone F prefix
Sparkle FSP units
Spire Rocketeer V/VI
Sunbeam Nuuo

Thermaltake
Litepower series
Purepower RX
Toughpower <less than 600 watts

Topower 1000w Gold
XG Magnum
X-Spice Kira series
Zalman ZM 850 / 1000 watts


Tier four - Not for overclocking systems or high end gaming rigs. May not even output labeled power and fail standard ATX specifications slightly. May even use cheap components to meet a price


Aerocool
Strike-X series
Templarius Imperator series

Asus Atlas
Cooler Master GX / GX lite series (The GX 450 non-lite Watt model is fine)
E-power units

EVGA
430 / 500 80+
500B / 600B

FSP Raider series
Futurepower
Hiper Type M (Less than 600 Watts)
HIPRO
LC power
Masscool
MGE XE
Mushkin HP series
NorthQ 4775-500S / BU

NZXT
Hale82N 650w
Hale82 V2 700w

OCZ
GameXStream (less than 1000 Watts, if manufactured before December 2007)
GameXStream 1010 Watts (it's an 850 Watt unit in disguise)
ModXStream (if manufactured before December 2007)
Fatal1ty 2013 550 and 750 Watts
StealthXStream (If manifactured before December 2007)

Scythe Kamariki
Superflower Amazon series

Ultra
Xfinity series
U2 X2 series (Less than 700 Watts)
XVS series

Xion Real Power series


Tier five - Replace immediately. These units are NOT recommended for any system, no matter the purpose. Reference to higher tiered models for a better and potentially money-saving unit


A-TOP technology
Apevia
Apex (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
Artic / Ace (They're the same company)
Aspire (Turbocase)
ATADC
Athena Power
ATRIX
Broadway Com Corp
CIT

Cooler Master
eXtreme series
Elite series

Coolmax
Deer
Diablotek
Dynapower
Dynex
Eagletech
Enlight
Evo labs
EZ-cool
Foxconn
FSP Everest
G7
HEC / Compucase Orion
Hiper Type-R (less than 600 Watt)
Huntkey (Apart from jumper series)
iStar computer co.
In win (Despite some reputable reviews, they are known to fail quickly)
Jeantec
JPac
Just PC
Kingwin (their budget models)
Linkworld electronics
Logisys computer
Macron
MGE
MSi (just stick to their GPUs and motherboards)
NMEDIAPC
Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
NorthQ
Okia
Powercool
Powmax
Pulsepower
Q-tec
Raidmax
Rocketfish
Rosewill (their older PSUs)
SFC
Sharkoon
Shuttle
Skyhawk
Spire micro
Startech
Storm
Sumvision
Tesla

Thermaltake -
Munich 430w
Purepower NP / RU
TR2 and TR2-RX

Trust (Stick to their peripherals)

Ultra -
X-connect series
X2 (Greater than 700 Watts)
LSP series

Wintech
Winpower
Xion
Youngbear
Zebronics

Again, please suggest any improvements to this tiered list. I will do the best I can to improve it and keep it up to date.
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