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October 22, 2012 1:44:09 PM

So I was looking for a new PSU on my new PC build and I found this Andyson brand PSUs. The company comes from Taipei if I'm not wrong. I'm just wondering, will it provide efficient and good power flow to my PC. Looks trusted and their PSUs are certified. I'm on a really tight budget and their PSUs are somewhat cheap in my region ( Singapore ). So will it be a good recommendation other than CM, Corsair, Seasonic, Antec and other well-known companies?

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a c 128 ) Power supply
October 22, 2012 2:41:16 PM

Andyson has been around for a while and is the manufacturer for quite a few PSU brands. PSU's are often designed by one company and built by another such as Andyson and SeaSonic.
The problem with Andyson is they are "all over the board" as far as quality - some of their units are very solid, some of their units are complete garbage. I could only find two reviews of Andyson units, one passed testing, the other failed. If at all possible to get one of the PSU's you listed above into your budget I will recommend that. I would not recommend Andyson or use one in my build personally. While not all of their units are garbage the possibility is there which makes it a risk I'm unwilling to take.
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a b ) Power supply
October 22, 2012 2:44:41 PM

Agree with Friedman's assessment
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October 22, 2012 4:32:55 PM

C12Friedman said:
Andyson has been around for a while and is the manufacturer for quite a few PSU brands. PSU's are often designed by one company and built by another such as Andyson and SeaSonic.
The problem with Andyson is they are "all over the board" as far as quality - some of their units are very solid, some of their units are complete garbage. I could only find two reviews of Andyson units, one passed testing, the other failed. If at all possible to get one of the PSU's you listed above into your budget I will recommend that. I would not recommend Andyson or use one in my build personally. While not all of their units are garbage the possibility is there which makes it a risk I'm unwilling to take.
My $0.02


If what you've said is true, I may not consider it. Better safe than sorry. Thanks alot :) 
a c 1167 ) Power supply
October 22, 2012 7:29:53 PM

88% of Raidmax's product line is made by Andyson and Raidmax has a horrible reputation.
October 23, 2012 4:09:53 AM

ko888 said:
88% of Raidmax's product line is made by Andyson and Raidmax has a horrible reputation.


Then may I ask, is FSP HEXA 500W make a good PSU ?
a c 110 ) Power supply
October 23, 2012 4:22:18 AM

It's better....
a c 128 ) Power supply
October 23, 2012 4:22:37 AM

FSP products on the whole are reliable, I found no reviews for that particular PSU, the one thing to consider is the amount of connections you want/need - does the FSP have that? If so, I'd consider it as an option.
October 23, 2012 4:37:47 AM

Rather than pick a PSU based on it's brand, I'd suggest picking one based on professional reviews. If you don't mind a bit of research you may find "diamonds in the ruff" for great prices. Johnnyguru, hardwarehaven, hardwaresecrets, techpowerup and spcr are all good reviewers (I'm sure I'm missing a few).

As to that FSP psu, it would be on the lower end of what I'd consider safe for your computer but it should work. There are no reviews (with tests) though so I couldn't say for sure.

What website are you using to purchase?
October 23, 2012 12:01:26 PM

slicedtoad said:
Rather than pick a PSU based on it's brand, I'd suggest picking one based on professional reviews. If you don't mind a bit of research you may find "diamonds in the ruff" for great prices. Johnnyguru, hardwarehaven, hardwaresecrets, techpowerup and spcr are all good reviewers (I'm sure I'm missing a few).

As to that FSP psu, it would be on the lower end of what I'd consider safe for your computer but it should work. There are no reviews (with tests) though so I couldn't say for sure.

What website are you using to purchase?



The voltage I'm looking for is 500W. I'm looking under a couple of pricelist. They are offering bundles containing a PSU and a casing. Was aiming for the Antec One and the FSP HEXA 500W. It was a perfect bundle under my tight budget. That's why I just need some opinions if that PSU is reliable and will provide a good power flow to my new oncoming PC.

Here is the website : http://assets.hardwarezone.com/retailer_pricelist/BBC%2... . might need an account I think, sorry about that.
October 24, 2012 1:55:35 AM

It should be fine but list your system parts if you want verification. I managed to find a review here:
http://powerlab.vn/2011/05/fsp-hexa-he-500-500w/
It's in Vietnamese but google translating it to english got the general ideas across.

The below is extra info that may help you understand PSUs better. If you're not inclined to read/understand it, don't.

The PSUs overall wattage rating isn't that important. The important part is the 12v rail'(s) amps. That FSP has two 18amp 12v rails. This means the combined wattage of the CPU and GPU(s) cannot exceed 432 watts (36amps*12volts). You can check the wattage of the CPU and GPU by looking at their TDP (you can google 2500k tdp for example). Add 20% if overclocking. The total system power draw must also remain below ~500W but unless you have a huge raid array or something, the rest of the system's power draw is irrelevant (it should never go over the remaining 70W) so you only need to focus on the 12v rail(s) and your CPU + GPU TDPs.
The below table shows efficiency at specific power loads. Their tests only go up to 15.6 amps on each 12v rail. I would keep to that limit with this PSU. It doesn't matter if one rail is using more and the other less though (10 amps on one and 17 on the other is fine).
October 24, 2012 2:13:18 AM

slicedtoad said:
It should be fine but list your system parts if you want verification. I managed to find a review here:
http://powerlab.vn/2011/05/fsp-hexa-he-500-500w/
It's in Vietnamese but google translating it to english got the general ideas across.

The below is extra info that may help you understand PSUs better. If you're not inclined to read/understand it, don't.

The PSUs overall wattage rating isn't that important. The important part is the 12v rail'(s) amps. That FSP has two 18amp 12v rails. This means the combined wattage of the CPU and GPU(s) cannot exceed 432 watts (36amps*12volts). You can check the wattage of the CPU and GPU by looking at their TDP (you can google 2500k tdp for example). Add 20% if overclocking. The total system power draw must also remain below ~500W but unless you have a huge raid array or something, the rest of the system's power draw is irrelevant (it should never go over the remaining 70W) so you only need to focus on the 12v rail(s) and your CPU + GPU TDPs.
The below table shows efficiency at specific power loads. Their tests only go up to 15.6 amps on each 12v rail. I would keep to that limit with this PSU. It doesn't matter if one rail is using more and the other less though (10 amps on one and 17 on the other is fine).
http://cdn.powerlab.vn/home/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/FSP-HE500-Power.png



The components that will be together with the FSP HEXA 500W is:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M

CPU: Intel i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti DDR 5 1Gb (/Palit)

Optical Drive: LG 24x SATA DVDRW

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 2x4Gb

HDD: Seagate 3.5" 250Gb Internal

Case: Antec One + x3 CM Turbine Master 12cm MACH1.2

PSU: FSP HEXA 500W

Not overclocking by the way.

Will this specs run fine then with this PSU (FSP HEXA 500) ?
October 24, 2012 2:37:52 AM

The PSU will work perfectly with those components. With significant headroom.
a c 128 ) Power supply
October 24, 2012 2:43:29 AM

slicedtoad said:
The PSU will work perfectly with those components. With significant headroom.

^ +1 I'd agree, you're good
October 24, 2012 3:34:49 AM

slicedtoad said:
The PSU will work perfectly with those components. With significant headroom.



Alright, thanks a lot! Covered most of my doubts. :) 
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