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My Antec TruePower 550 craped out!

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March 23, 2005 2:51:47 AM

Got this PSU under a year ago and the +12v rail goes as low as 11.25v and my +5 rail goes at 4.65v. Antec is advertising this PSU to do at least +-3% on these rails when I have more than went past that by 2 fold. My machin wont boot or shut down somtime and my gamming gives my artifacts. So much with sticking with brand names.

Looking into a Fortron Source 550 or Enermax Noisetaker 600 now.

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March 23, 2005 5:15:07 AM

Fortron Source is a brand now, Sparkle Power is also a brand of Fortron Source. These power supplies have always been better than Antecs, even back in the days when Antec was the only "name brand" most people had heard of.

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March 23, 2005 1:04:22 PM

If you've had it under a year it may still be under warranty. Have you contacted Antec about a replacement?

....WW (5.0)
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March 23, 2005 1:09:31 PM

I have recognized fortron source for some time now but always a problem with getting my hand on big PSU from them. Was on their site and they got a 550 pfc PSU but having probs locating a reseller that has one...

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March 23, 2005 1:12:13 PM

Oh yeah Im on the warranty gig since Im in the warranty range, just a snag of working the same hours their tech support is, could do online RMA.

However I will ditch this PSU and get a Fortron Source 550 to replace and either put the RMAed Antec in another low importance rig, keep it on the side, or just sell it.

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March 23, 2005 1:56:45 PM

Remember that Forton underrates their psu's :smile:

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March 23, 2005 2:00:58 PM

GOOD MORE POWER!!!!

Anywho Im familiar with their products, most PSU companies under-rate but fortron under-rates little more than others.

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March 23, 2005 2:03:44 PM

You know, I recently purchased their Blue Storm 500w psu, and it was Crashman that pointed me in thier direction in the first place :smile:

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March 23, 2005 2:09:07 PM

I'm still running an old Antec True-430 :( 

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March 23, 2005 2:12:52 PM

and it is powering a Prescott 3200, X800XT PE, 2-gigs RAM, 3 hard drives and a DVD burner.

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March 23, 2005 2:40:30 PM

I was actually eye-balling that BlueStorm 500w, any good? How are your 5v and 12v doing?

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March 23, 2005 2:43:56 PM

Feel fortunate. Just hate getting defective PSU, especially on my high-end rigs since I do not spare high watt psu and always have to buy before I do warranty work.

My PSU would be a killer if it would give the proper 12v and 5v rails.

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March 23, 2005 3:40:26 PM

Hehe, a 500W Fortron Source should output about as much power as a 550W True Power. So I've never really "looked" for "large" capacity power supplies from Fortron Source simply because their supplies have a higher-than-advertized capacity.

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March 23, 2005 3:51:25 PM

Figured much. Im looking at the Blue Storm 500w psu and would get it as soon as Newegg has it in stock, unless you know of a good vendor that carries the high-end fortrons.

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March 23, 2005 4:44:28 PM

I haven't installed it yet, still waiting for my other components. I'm doing a complete rebuild, so hopefully by the end of the week I should have it all. I purchased mine from cyberguys.com. They're local to me (like 20 mins away) so I ordered it online then drove in an hour later and picked it up. Was retail $98.49 +tax (damn CA sales tax grumble grumble...) :smile:

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March 23, 2005 6:09:51 PM

Newegg used to carry a wider selection of Fortron Source and Sparkle Power supplies, before the bling bling crew got involved. It looks like the 530W unit has been dropped in favor of the 500W Blue Storm, for example.

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March 23, 2005 9:19:37 PM

Im eye balling the bluestorm but Im most likely getting the 550 to be safe.

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March 24, 2005 4:13:28 AM

Go ahead, it's your money!

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March 24, 2005 11:52:11 AM

Quote:
before the bling bling crew got involved

You lost me there...what does that mean?

....WW (5.0)
March 24, 2005 4:41:58 PM

I'm saying you had better options with capacity before customers started demanding new visual details.

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March 25, 2005 11:30:08 AM

Ahh..heh heh...those guys LOL!

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March 25, 2005 9:12:38 PM

1) it's still under warranty.

2) make sure you verify the readings with a multimeter (most people quote the BIOS/MBM5) for any PSU you use. Software is horribly inaccurate.

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