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PSU real-world differences between PSU v2.2 and v2.31?

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February 16, 2010 6:34:12 PM

Is there a real-world difference between ATX12V PSU's when they are listed at V2.2 and V2.31? I'm a plebian, pretty confused.

the PSUs I'm looking at, specifically, are:

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February 16, 2010 7:06:44 PM

As found on Wikipedia:

ATX12V v2.1
This is a minor revision from March 2005. The power was slightly increased on all rails. Efficiency requirements changed. Added 6-pin connector for PCI-E graphics cards, that aids the PCI-E slot in the motherboard, delivering 75 watts.

ATX12V v2.2
Another minor revision. Added 8-pin connector for PCI-E graphics cards, that delivers another 150 watts.

ATX12V v2.3
The most recent revision, effective March 2007. Efficiency recommendations were increased to 80% (with at least 70% efficiency required), and the 12 V load requirement was lowered. Higher efficiency generally results in less power consumption (and less waste heat), and the 80% recommendation brings supplies in line with new Energy Star 4.0 mandates. The reduced load requirement allows compatibility with processors that draw very little power during startup.
February 16, 2010 7:30:12 PM

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February 16, 2010 7:30:15 PM

Thank you!