• Modular PSU
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Hello, Here I am again asking about two different standards (My last one was about AMD vs Intel (Intel seems to be better)) So which is better/more reliable/better all round, Modular or normal PSU's and why? (For those that may not know modular (If I remember right :P) Is when each cable plugs in to the PSU when its needed and normal (in my terms) is when you have all the cables fixed to the unit) Thanks
No difference, depends on the brand and model.
It really just depends on who built the power supply, how efficient it is and what it costs. Overall though I do prefer to have a modular because it is easier to cable manage and it isn't all that difficult to plug in new wires as they are needed.
What modular PSU would you all recommend then? (Currently got a OCZ 650w)
I'm a big fan of the OCZ ModStreamPros and ZXs, Corsair's AX/HX, Cooler Master's Silent Pros, and almost any modular psu Seasonic makes.
[QUOTE=macman2;37633526]What modular PSU would you all recommend then? (Currently got a OCZ 650w)[/QUOTE] What are you doing/what is lacking with your current PSU?
[QUOTE=Zephyrs;37633688]What are you doing/what is lacking with your current PSU?[/QUOTE] Apart from it being a mess not much, the CPU power cable is way to short as well. EDIT I'm also short on SATA cables too.
So wattage isn't a problem? I'd think that this meets your needs, but without knowing anything unorthodox that you may or may not have, it's hard to say. [URL]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017[/URL]
I recommend picking up a cooler master silent pro. I currently have 2 custom builds both with the modular cabled psu. I am 100% happy and its been a full year with no issues. (case looks very tidy as well)
Thanks for the suggestions, The only reason I asked is there used to be some problem with them a while ago (dont ask me what or where I read it) I will probably get a more powerful one anyway, maybe a 850 or 1000w one just for future proofing.
Getting 850 or 1000 isn't future proofing, parts are going down in power requirement, not up.
It is futureproofing because if I say plan to run mulit gpu or make it a server I'm going to need the extra wattage.
How many gpu's are we talking? Four? 650-700w is more than enough to run a two-sli setup.
Almost always modular. Cable management is quite important. Proper management can deliver better airflow as you have nothing in the way.
[QUOTE=QuikKill;37692488]How many gpu's are we talking? Four? 650-700w is more than enough to run a two-sli setup.[/QUOTE] Of course it depends what cards he's running. 700w isn't going to cut it for a pair of 680s or 670s.
[QUOTE=Apache249;37693811]Of course it depends what cards he's running. 700w isn't going to cut it for a pair of 680s or 670s.[/QUOTE] 670's & 680's have a max TDP of around 200 watts, on SLI thats 400 watts and a motherboard and HDD's don't take up 300 watts of power.
I meant with the sort of CPU you'd expect to have if you were running 680/670 SLI. [editline]16th September 2012[/editline] I could still be wrong.
[QUOTE=Apache249;37694574]I meant with the sort of CPU you'd expect to have if you were running 680/670 SLI. [editline]16th September 2012[/editline] I could still be wrong.[/QUOTE] Ivy bridge i7s don't even draw 80 watts at full load. Going back a ways, the Bloomfields only drew something like 130. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501]77 watts.[/url] Unless you have 30 hard drives, it's overkill.
[QUOTE=Zephyrs;37694686]Ivy bridge i7s don't even draw 80 watts at full load. Going back a ways, the Bloomfields only drew something like 130. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501]77 watts.[/url] Unless you have 30 hard drives, it's overkill.[/QUOTE] Well I suppose I was wrong then. Carry on.
[QUOTE=Zephyrs;37694686]Ivy bridge i7s don't even draw 80 watts at full load. Going back a ways, the Bloomfields only drew something like 130. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501]77 watts.[/url] Unless you have 30 hard drives, it's overkill.[/QUOTE] Only 30 hard drives? What will I ever do with the 31st? Seriously though. The power draw on Intel's new line is often times less than advertised unless you get a really bad chip. Even then, the difference is far less than what it used to be around 95-135.
[QUOTE=Evilan;37695006]Only 30 hard drives? What will I ever do with the 31st? [/QUOTE] Buy another PSU and sit it in the case
I have the corsair HX 750w, it's a beast Ample power for basically any single card setup. I'd definitely go modular over non-modular currently, it just makes things so much neater in the case. I only wish the PSU was completely modular, meaning each cable only had 1 connector on the end for full customizibility. I guess that's just me dreaming though :rolleyes:
[QUOTE=Akito8;37716704]I have the corsair HX 750w, it's a beast Ample power for basically any single card setup. I'd definitely go modular over non-modular currently, it just makes things so much neater in the case. I only wish the PSU was completely modular, meaning each cable only had 1 connector on the end for full customizibility. I guess that's just me dreaming though :rolleyes:[/QUOTE] Buy the AX series next time. I got the ax650 and never looked back.
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