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CoolMax power supplies any good?

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November 6, 2011 8:39:33 PM

Hi. I need a power supply and was thinking about getting a coolmax because of the price. Are these decent power supplies? THanks

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November 6, 2011 9:33:29 PM

rolli59 is more or less correct. Depends on the unit and application. Kind of like Thermaltake or coolermaster. I like coolmax as a beefy OEM unit when the price is right.

Historically, coolmax is strongest in the $40 to $70 range. Their offerings there usually have good price/performance there.

Exactly what unit were you looking at?
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a c 868 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 10:31:17 PM

Pass on that one does have the little voltage switch!
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November 6, 2011 10:34:45 PM

dirtyferret said:
unfortunately for coolmax you can get the ocz modstream, corsair CX v2, antec neo eco, and antec earthwatt all in the $40-70 range. those are all better PSU.


Pre 2006, those options were not there. That is why I said "historically". But even today you can find a niche coolmax unit that does a good job at a good price.

computernewb said:
I was looking at this one. Its a 600 watt power supply for 40 bucks. I plan on playing games with this computer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And no, that is not a unit you would wish to purchase.
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a c 243 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 10:44:51 PM

computernewb said:
I was looking at this one. Its a 600 watt power supply for 40 bucks. I plan on playing games with this computer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crap
They [Coolmax] have nothing to offer as far as value
Post your specs and a budget ( the Crapmax is about $49 with the shipping ) and you'll get reccomendations.

This Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is a higher quality build with as many connectors as the Crapmax ( and you could use them all without fear of your system being under powered ), for less money than you're looking to spend.

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a c 275 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 11:22:28 PM

^+1 exactly!
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a b ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 11:41:58 PM

avoid anything with "MAX" in the brand name.
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November 6, 2011 11:43:56 PM

ok thanks guys. i think i have a good idea about the quality of this brand. I will look elsewhere
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a c 243 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 11:44:28 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
avoid anything with "MAX" in the brand name.

:o 

Enermax
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a c 868 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 11:47:54 PM

delluser1 said:
:o 

Enermax

LOL! The exception to proof the rule!
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a b ) Power supply
November 7, 2011 5:42:27 PM

rolli59 said:
LOL! The exception to proof the rule!


Not sure how an exception proves a rule. Since any exception would argue against a rule.
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a b ) Power supply
November 7, 2011 6:29:37 PM

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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/314712-28-please-read...
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November 7, 2011 6:55:58 PM

FALC0N said:
Not sure how an exception proves a rule. Since any exception would argue against a rule.

:pt1cable: 
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April 26, 2015 4:34:43 PM

Avoiding the purchase of a Coolmax PS would be a prudent decision on your part. I wish that I would have read this thread prior to my purchase of a Coolmax ZU1000W PS. Not sure how Coolmax came up with a 1000 Watt rating. In addition, I found it important to not hold your breath waiting on response from Coolmax "Support". Slow as molasses.
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