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    Exclamation Official XS Power Supply Ranking Phase I

    NEW LIST 2011 PHASE I

    The PSU recommendations will be organized in the following five tiers:

    Tier 1 – Optimal Performance, Optimal Efficiency, Highest Quality PSUs
    Tier 2 – Very Good Performance, Optimal Efficiency, High Quality (less than Tier 1)
    Tier 3 – Good Performance, Good Efficiency, (Less than Tier 2)
    Tier 4 – Good Performance, worse than Tier 3, if PSUs from Tiers 1-3 are not available
    Tier 5 – Avoid if PSUs from Tiers 1 through 4 are available

    Here’s the list:

    Tier 1
    Superflower Golden King Series
    Kingwin Lazer Platinum Series
    Sparkle Gold Class Series (Noise at high stress)
    Silverstone Strider Series (1500W only)
    XFX Black Edition Series
    PCP&C Silencer Series (Noisy)
    Lepa G Series
    Antec HCP Series (1200W only)
    Antec Truepower Quattro (1200W only)
    Corsair AX Series
    Seasonic X Series
    NZXT Hale Series

    Tier 2
    Antec HCP Series
    XFX Core Edition Pro
    Corsair TX V2
    Antec HCG
    Thortech Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt Plus Series
    Enermax Modu87+ Series
    Xigmatek NRP Series
    Antec Truepower Quattro Series
    Enermax Pro87+ Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series
    Seasonic S12 II Bronze Series
    Kingwin Lazer Gold Series
    Enermax Revolution 85+ Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand
    Enermax Eco80+ Series
    Seasonic M12D Series
    Silverstone Olympia Series
    BFG LS Series
    Cooler Master Silent Pro
    OCZ Z Series
    Corsair TX Series
    Enermax Liberty Eco Series
    Antec Truepower New Series
    Cooler Master UCP Series
    Tagan Piperock II Series
    Enermax Galaxy Evo Series
    Glacialtech AX Series

    Tier 3
    XFX Core Edition
    Corsair CX Series
    Antec Earthwatts Series
    Acbel Polytech R9 Series
    High Power Plus Gold Series
    Cougar S Series
    Silverstone Strider Plus Series
    Silverstone Strider Series
    Topower KC Series
    Thermaltake Toughpower Series
    Kingwin Mach 1 Series
    Kingwin Lazer Series
    Inwin Commander
    Corsair HX Series

    Tier 4
    XFX XPS Series
    Coolermaster GX Series
    Hiper M Series
    Hipro K Series

    Tier 5
    Arctic Cooling Fusion Series
    Ultra X4 Series
    Diablotek RPM Series
    Sunbeam BKS Series
    Silverstone Element Series
    Antec Neopower Blue

    It is a work in process atm, but at the very least its more updated than the archaic list below

    Perkam
    Last edited by perkam; 03-31-2011 at 06:50 PM.

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    *** OLD LIST ***


    WHICH ONES TO BUY ??

    Tier 1 can handle 4Ghz Conroe or 3Ghz AMD along with Oced Quad Crossfire/SLI With Ease.
    Tier Z offers quality and power unequalled in its wattage range and is second only to other Zippy units.
    Tier 2 offers almost as much power and stability as Tier 1 at Comparable Wattage levels with lower price/better availability.
    Tier T offers the high quality components of Tier 2 with slightly less Rail stability due to Topower internals.
    Tier 3 is ONLY Recommended if Price difference is present between Tier 3 and Tier 2 or due to availability issues with Tier 1/2 PSUs.
    Tier 4 is recommended for stock or low power systems if Tier 3's are more expensive or are not available.
    Tier 5 are NOT RECOMMENDED, but some brands have high/medium quality components in Tiers 2 through 4.

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    Tier 1 Brands
    - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market
    Enermax Galaxy
    PCP&C TurboCool
    PCP&C Silencer >610
    Zippy/Emacs SSL
    Zippy/Emacs GSM
    Zippy/Emacs PSL
    Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
    Seventeam ST >600 (SSI, V2.91)
    Silverstone OP/DA >700W

    Tier Z - Less Powerful Than Tier 1 Zippy Units...but they're still Zippys
    Zippy/Emacs HG2
    Zippy/Emacs HP2

    Tier 2 Brands
    - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
    Antec Neo HE
    Akasa PowerGreen 80+
    CoolMax CTG-750W/850W/1KW
    Cooltek CT
    Corsair HX
    Enermax Liberty
    Enermax Infiniti
    Enhance ENP-GH
    Fortron (FSP) GLN
    Hiper Type-M >650W
    Hiper Type-R >650W
    iStarUSA PD2
    iStarUSA PD3
    OCZ GameXStream
    OCZ EvoStream
    PCP&C Silencer <610
    Seasonic S12
    Seasonic M12
    Seasonic Energy Plus
    SevenTeam ST <600
    Silverstone EF
    Silverstone OP/DA <700W
    Supermicro/AbleCom
    Thermaltake Toughpower >600W
    Xclio GreatPower
    Zalman ZM
    Ultra X3
    Ultra X-Pro

    Tier T - High Quality PSUs Made With Topower Internals - Less Rail Stability Compared To Tier 2 But Still Better than Tier 3
    Mushkin Enhanced
    Tagan U95
    Tagan U25
    Tagan U15
    Tagan U22
    OCZ PowerStream

    Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands
    Acbel Polycom
    AMS Mercury
    Akasa PaxPower
    Akasa PowerPlus (>500W Models)
    Antec Phantom
    Antec TruePower III
    Antec True Power II
    Antec True Control II
    Antec Neopower 480W (Old Model)
    Antec Smart Power 2.0
    Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
    Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
    Channel Well
    Enermax Maximum Plus
    Enermax Noistaker II
    Enermax Noisetaker
    Enermax Whisper II
    Enermax CoolerGiant
    Enhance ENS-G
    Epower Xscale
    Fortron (FSP) GLC
    Fortron (FSP) THN
    Fortron AX
    Fortron HLN
    Fortron PFN/PN/PA
    Seasonic Super Versatile
    Silverstone F
    Sparkle FSP
    Spire Rocketeer V/VI
    Sunbeam Nuuo
    Thermaltake Purepower
    Thermaltake Toughpower <600W

    Tier 4 - Not Recommend With Tier 3 In same Price/Wattage Range
    Aerocool
    Asus Atlas
    BFG
    Coolermaster Real Power
    Coolermaster iGreen
    Delta
    Enlight
    E-Power
    Futurepower
    Hiper
    HIPRO
    Lite-On
    Masscool
    MGE XG
    Mushkin HP
    NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
    OCZ Modstream
    Scythe Kamariki
    Sintek
    Thermaltake TR2
    TTGI/Superflower
    Ultra Xfinity/X2

    Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED
    A-TOP Technology
    APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
    Aspire(Turbo Case)
    ATADC
    Athena Power
    ATRIX
    Broadway Com Corp
    Cooler Master
    Coolmax
    Deer
    Diablotek
    Dynapower USA
    EagleTech
    FOXCONN
    I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
    In Win
    JPAC COMPUTER
    Just PC
    Kingwin Inc.
    Linkworld Electronics
    Logisys Computer
    MGE
    MSI
    NMEDIAPC
    Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
    NorthQ
    NZXT
    Powmax
    Q-Tec
    Raidmax
    Rosewill
    SFC
    Shuttle
    Skyhawk
    Spire Coolers
    Star Micro
    STARTECH
    TOPOWER TOP
    Ultra X-Connect
    Wintech
    XClio
    XION
    YoungYear
    Zebronics

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    Phase III compensates for overcrowded Tier 1, while clumping together previously Tier 2 and 3 PSUs if only because no definite way to categorize then as good enough for Tier 2 or bad enough for Tier 3.

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    You might want to break those tiers down more.

    For example: Tagan (Topower) doesn't belong in the same group as Win-Tact built PCP&C and Etasis built Silverstones. But aren't as "bad" as Antec or Thermaltake.

    A TurboCool and Silencer are two totally different animals, as is a Silverstone Element and Zeus. An Element isn't really all that different as a Strider except for the 80+ efficiency. So other than efficiency, they're really quite the same.

    It's very complicated to do this right. That's why I took my ratethebrands list down. Don't let me discourage you. I Think it would be great to have a one stop list on the web, but you'll need more tiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU
    You might want to break those tiers down more.

    For example: Tagan (Topower) doesn't belong in the same group as Win-Tact built PCP&C and Etasis built Silverstones. But aren't as "bad" as Antec or Thermaltake.

    A TurboCool and Silencer are two totally different animals, as is a Silverstone Element and Zeus. An Element isn't really all that different as a Strider except for the 80+ efficiency. So other than efficiency, they're really quite the same.

    It's very complicated to do this right. That's why I took my ratethebrands list down. Don't let me discourage you. I Think it would be great to have a one stop list on the web, but you'll need more tiers.
    You're right and the final list will end up with 5 Tiers...but just to get the whole preliminary list up there, you're going to have to bear with me with 3 Tiers for a few days.

    Perkam

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    Oh... Ok.. I'll bear with you.

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    What about Tagan U-25 (Dual Engine-series)??

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    Quote Originally Posted by david901101
    What about Tagan U-25 (Dual Engine-series)??
    Whoops. Thats a good one.

    Off to Tier 1 it goes

    Thx.

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    ok

    Hmm Im back again with my stupid questions :p
    Which one would U choose, the FSP Epsilon 700W or the Tagan Dual Engine 600W? Noone is in stock @ the store Im going to shop from so there is no rush with the answers =)

    //David

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    Quote Originally Posted by david901101
    ok

    Hmm Im back again with my stupid questions :p
    Which one would U choose, the FSP Epsilon 700W or the Tagan Dual Engine 600W? Noone is in stock @ the store Im going to shop from so there is no rush with the answers =)

    //David
    The Epsilon 700w is on Newegg. It has the same internals as the OCZ Gamexstream 700w. IF you're going for lower price, the Tagan Dual Engine 600w is also a top notch PSU.

    Either I would buy in an instant...the only thing that seperates them is price afaik.

    Now if we turn our attention to Epsilon/Gamexstream 600w vs Dual Engine 600w, thats a tougher choice because both are really good PSUs and both are the most updated of the PSUs available today.

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    ok, but here in Sweden the Tagan Dual Engine 600W is 50$ more expencive than the FSP Epsilon 700W so its leaning a bit towards the FSP .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by david901101
    ok, but here in Sweden the Tagan Dual Engine 600W is 50$ more expencive than the FSP Epsilon 700W so its leaning a bit towards the FSP .....
    wow...then the Dual Engine in that scenario is a total rip off...a great psu, but retarded price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perkam
    wow...then the Dual Engine in that scenario is a total rip off...a great psu, but retarded price.

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    Hmmmm here in Sweden the FSP Epsilon 700W costs about 130$ and the Tagan Dual Engine costs about 180$, Is it much cheaper in USA? I guess it is

    Hmm so U say I should go for the FSP then....

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but the 65ZF and the other ZF not the 56ZF are made my enhance? So the only etasis models are the 56ZF, 75ZF, and 85ZF. So really Etasis is tier one and then enhance right below it. So diffrentiating it by zeus or element isn't exactly accurate. Maybe just say the oem... Or list exact models? It might take a while but it'll get easier and it'll be a great list...

    Jonny and ok what antec units are made by CWT? Everything except the neoHE right? so the caps would be pretty bad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praxis1452
    what antec units are made by CWT? Everything except the neoHE right?
    One of the oddball SFF PSU's is Seasonic too... not sure which one. But the vast majority are indeed Channel Well including the Smartpowers, Truepowers, and Phantoms.
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    you missed zippy & acbel

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    Quote Originally Posted by metro.cl
    you missed zippy & acbel
    He's got Acbel, but for some reason it's Tier 3.

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    Liteon/Ablecom/Supermicro and Delta are missing from tier 1 as well. Though Delta's not easy to find here, they do have a presence overseas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf
    Liteon/Ablecom/Supermicro and Delta are missing from tier 1 as well. Though Delta's not easy to find here, they do have a presence overseas.
    Well, perkam has my list... so I'll just give him time to digest it.

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    Cool, thanks Perkham and Jonny

    I know a bit about Psu' but NOWHERE newar what u guys know.

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    Well I made my decision on the Gamex 700, but I'm still tagging along here to learn more

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    Phase II is in effect...guide has gone through first of 3 overhauls

    ANd FLM Jiggy, I kno nowhere near what Jonny and OklWolf know

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    Have you missed Q-tec for a reason? as they should be at the bottom!! I always see people buying these for high powered rigs because they're cheap in price and highly availiable but they must be accountable for a fair majority of pc death's including my old 939 i got when 939 just came out so people need to be warned about these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melymel2789
    Have you missed Q-tec for a reason? as they should be at the bottom!! I always see people buying these for high powered rigs because they're cheap in price and highly availiable but they must be accountable for a fair majority of pc death's including my old 939 i got when 939 just came out so people need to be warned about these.
    There's so many "off-brands" and brands that come with cases that you never see anywhere else, it's mind blowing.

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