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UPS - Need help... APC UPS (BR1500G or SMT1500?)

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March 31, 2011 1:31:15 PM

Hello,

Please help me in choosing between two APC UPS's. I want to get either:
A. APC Power Saving Back-UPS Pro 1500 (BR1500G) OR
B. APC Smart-UPS 1500VA LCD 120V (SMT1500)

I have somewhat of a high-end computer workstation.
I am not that overly concerned about the price difference between the two. I just want the best one that suits my needs. I think the main difference between the two is that the BR1500G model is "stepped approximation to a sine wave" while the SMT1500 model is "sine wave".

I would greatly appreciate hearing other people's opinions! Please let me know!

As always, thank you.

Jack500
March 31, 2011 3:05:49 PM

Jack500 said:
Hello,

Please help me in choosing between two APC UPS's. I want to get either:
A. APC Power Saving Back-UPS Pro 1500 (BR1500G) OR
B. APC Smart-UPS 1500VA LCD 120V (SMT1500)

I have somewhat of a high-end computer workstation.
I am not that overly concerned about the price difference between the two. I just want the best one that suits my needs. I think the main difference between the two is that the BR1500G model is "stepped approximation to a sine wave" while the SMT1500 model is "sine wave".

I would greatly appreciate hearing other people's opinions! Please let me know!

As always, thank you.

Jack500



If you have a high end system you are much better off going for the SMT1500. The SMT1500 is a high end data center grade UPS. The BR1500G is a good home system but doesn't offer half the protection the SMT1500 does. If budget is not a big issue, go for the SMT. The sine wave output, the power filtering, the big transformer, the big batteries and the better components are a world of difference.

A lot of people think that because they're both 1500VA they're the same unit, that's a huge mistake. There is a reason for the price difference. One is low end home use the other is a data center mission critical operations unit.
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March 31, 2011 6:22:21 PM

Thanks! Now I may have another dilemma...

I have the Corsair AX1200 power supply. It is an ACTIVE FPC power supply. From what I've read, this type of power supply needs a UPS with a pure sine wave.

QUESTIONS
1. Can someone verify that?
2. The APC SMT1500 puts out a max of 980 Watts and the next level up is the SMT2200 which puts out a max of 1980 Watts.
Do you think the SMT2200 is more suitable for the AX1200?

JACK500
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