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Just how bad is Raidmax?

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May 9, 2010 11:54:59 PM

So yea, I was on a budget when i built my $1000 rig and made the mistake of putting priority on my other equipment and not my PSU.

Running a RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W

So far the PSU hasnt given me any problems going on 7 months use but at every turn people suggest I make my next purchase a better PSU..


So, just how BAD is Raidmax? Any horror stories to share?

Thanks.

Considering upgrading to a Corsair 750TX.

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May 10, 2010 12:07:44 AM

Love the "Guaranteed not to dramatically explode" at the end, lol.



AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE (@ 3.6ghz on stock)
MSI 790FX-GD70
OCZ Obsidian 4GB DDR3
Asus Radeon 5850 @ 850/1200
Raidmax 730W (Ew, I know.)
Antec 300
Windows 7
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a b ) Power supply
May 10, 2010 12:13:36 AM

The Antec Earthwatts 650w I posted will run that just fine, and it is at a great sales price. It is a very good and stable PSU, but is a little lacking on cables, but you will be fine. It should even power 2 5850s if you decide on getting another, but it will be a little close.

If you want 2 5850s and you want to crank up the clocks, that TX750 is a great PSU and will power it just fine. You should be able to find it for ~$100.
a c 248 ) Power supply
May 10, 2010 4:56:33 AM

Here are the official power requirements for the new ATI Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 video cards.


ATI Radeon™ HD5850 System Requirements:

PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors.

600 Watt or greater power supply with four 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode.


ATI Radeon™ HD5870 System Requirements:

PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.

500 Watt or greater power supply with two, 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors.

600 Watt or greater power supply with four, 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode.

The power supply recommendations are for an entire pc system.

Corsair and Seasonic are two brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty.
a b ) Power supply
May 10, 2010 8:04:38 AM

AMW1011 said:
A Raidmax 450w PSU:
http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747


catastrophic PSU failure is always fun to watch, so long as its not powering someones system when it happens. I always look forward to Johnny Guru's "budget PSU roundup" and of course "death of the gutless wonder". Good stuff!
May 10, 2010 10:12:57 AM

Well I plunked down on a Antec Truepower New 750w.


Hoping its a good call. Fighting off the sense that it seems silly to replace something thats working when Ive been wanting a new heatsink.. Oh well hopefully its for the better. Was a free 100$ anyways.
a b ) Power supply
May 10, 2010 10:27:16 AM

It wouldn't be silly if your Raidmax PSU died and took that lovely 5850 with it. Not only that, you can crossfire without killing your PSU, and the nice stable power should help you overclock even higher.

Seems like a good purchase to me, anyway enjoy. :D 
May 10, 2010 11:24:51 AM

was using Raidmax Volcano on my old Pentium 4 rig, never gave me any problems, upgraded to a Phenom X4 955BE rig and switched to an Antec TurePower New Blue i got for $79 at Frys after a $20 rebate

my old raidmax worked well runnning 24/7 at times but i did not want to risk my enw system being taken down by my old PSU so i decided to upgrade
May 10, 2010 12:12:45 PM

AMW1011 said:
It wouldn't be silly if your Raidmax PSU died and took that lovely 5850 with it. Not only that, you can crossfire without killing your PSU, and the nice stable power should help you overclock even higher.

Seems like a good purchase to me, anyway enjoy. :D 


True!! I do love my little 5850 ;) 

What also helped me was my next big purchase will be a water cooling set up and from what ive read a stable PSU is important when it comes to running those pumps. Will let me take that 955BE to t3h extreme :) 
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