Rather than a long list of units that are good and bad i feel that new people here could often use a list of units that are so bad they arent even worthy door stops to keep them from getting absolute crap. There are always lists of recommended parts, but for people with limited selection thats not to helpful so i feel that a list of absolute crap to steer clear of would be more useful for them. If you have one you want added to the list post it with a link to a review where it really failed, its a bit late so i havent generated a full list yet but i have a few, im going to be sorting this by brand then model to help keep it a bit organized.
If you are looking for a PSU, look through your options, look at this list, and rule out any that are on this list, they may be cheap, but they will do their best to fail spectacularly, and its not worth the risk
Aerocool - Looking for reviews of specific lines
Allied -Looking for reviews of specific lines
Aspire -Looking for reviews of specific lines
All units - BFG no longer exists thus there is no warranty support on any of their products.
GX series GX 750W from HW secrets "it is only safe to run this new Cooler Master unit up to 450 W." GX 650 from HardOCP "The Cooler Master GX 650W is a mediocre power supply for couple of years ago, and an outright failure today."
Coolmax -Looking for reviews of specific Flines
Diablotek(this one is going to have a lot i feel) RPM-1050 Jonnyguru performance rating 2 out of 10
Not all of them, and the GX series is far from the worst units out there, see the huntkey units, but they still shouldnt be getting sold. Their other high powered line ups are fine, its just the GX series was designed to be a bit too budget oriented and got stuck with crappy caps.
Jonnyguru has had a few good kingwin units so im going to have to see which lines blow up and which ones survive because they do have some good ones, but that does give a nice list of brands to check through to find explosions! Powmax sounds promising.
Good work hunter315!
I know i appreciate your efforts.
You could most likely add Gigabyte's ODIN and ODIN Superb line. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Gigabyte-Superb-...
I've checked some out and the prognosis is not good.
The entry level line is labelling the products at peak power,which as we know, is misleading.
Gigabyte's is widely available and popular with our South Afirican and Australian members.
The higher up offerings seem fine.
Rosewill was actually decent for me. I had a 530W continuous power 80+ Green Series powering up my current system stocked (stocked fan/no oc) and a 5850 with no problems whatsoever. I only changed because I wanted a modular PSU that was gonna have enough juice to power up my unlocked 6950/6970.
I have never seen reviews of the CoolMax CA line (500 and 600 watt PSU's), but they are a better than average PSU by Saudi Arabian standards.
I have used a couple and they are fine when powering basic computer systems. Internals look "not bad" when compared to generic junk. I would derate by 20% or so. Instead of 500 and 600 watt PSU's, I consider them 400 and 450 watt PSU's.
What about Gigabyte guys, i recently bought an ODN 585 Watt are they any good? or are they also a bit troublesome? Another brand i query every now and then is Vantec there 600 Watt Series, are they any good? Davcon mentioned something about gigabyte im from SA myself.