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a b ) Power supply
August 22, 2010 2:18:52 AM

psu model: asus s-30fp

power:
+3.3v: 25a
+5v: 25a
+12v1: 18a
+12v2: 18a
-12v:0.8a
+5vsb: 2a

seems like lots of power for a 300w rated psu :) 
or am i just too used to all my raidmaxes, coolmaxes, and powermaxes? :) 

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a c 243 ) Power supply
August 22, 2010 3:08:09 AM

Sure it's over rated, if all your doing is adding up the amperages.
The combined 12v output is 22a, just like a Dell 305w
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August 22, 2010 4:32:16 AM

Plus if you max out the 5 and 3.3 volt rails (won't happen in a modern PC), you will only have about 10 amps available on the 12 volt rails.

Yopu need to read the label on the PSU closely to see how the power is divided among the various rails.
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August 22, 2010 4:41:15 AM

My general rule of thumb btw is to avoid all PSUs with max, maxx, and/or xtreme in the title. They tend to be junk.
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August 22, 2010 9:59:38 AM

well, so long as they say the max and continuous power outputs, but yeah if they just stare the max, then dont waste your time with them.
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August 22, 2010 10:15:49 AM

No, meant company or model name. Raidmax, Coolmax, etc.
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a b ) Power supply
August 22, 2010 2:46:29 PM

welll see the reason i ask is because this asus psu feels very heavy and has more amps than both the zumax (uh-oh max again) 400w and 500w i have...and as i understand zumaxes are actually decent units...
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a b Ĉ ASUS
August 23, 2010 9:45:49 AM

ive never heard of zumax, and just did some research. Zumax seems to have its own PSU's which reviewed quite well, BUT, there is an epower zumax, which is another brand all together based on Topower. All this is very confising. Topower are cheaper PSU's where I come from. Im confused.... all 3 brands seem to be the same thing http://www.topower.com/product/zumax.htm. Then I found Topower make PSU's for BFG, OCZ, mushkin also. Anyone care to shed some light on this??
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a b Ĉ ASUS
August 23, 2010 5:41:15 PM

4745454b said:
My general rule of thumb btw is to avoid all PSUs with max, maxx, and/or xtreme in the title. They tend to be junk.

Not a bad rule.

Another rule: In the absence of everything else, when faced with two PSU's of similar ratings, buy the heavier one.
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August 23, 2010 5:51:51 PM

4745454b said:
My general rule of thumb btw is to avoid all PSUs with max, maxx, and/or xtreme in the title. They tend to be junk.



are you telling me my Acme Maxx Xtreme 700w PSU with 18a on its 12v that I bought for $9.99 won't be able to run my GTX 470's in SLI??? :o 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTVEtr14FEA

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