So I was curious if anyone has good suggestions of what maker of power supplies would be good for like high performance AND really good reliability. I seem to ahve a hard time finding much on the web.. maybe my searches arent good.
So I was curious if anyone has good suggestions of what maker of power supplies would be good for like high performance AND really good reliability. I seem to ahve a hard time finding much on the web.. maybe my searches aren't good.
The trick to decoding the confusion is that there are few companies who actually make power supplies, and they build them for many companies that sell them under their own brand names. So tracking down a PSU's real manufacturer can tell you a lot.
But! The "original design manufacturer" customises their basic power supply to the specs set by the name brand. Who can ask for various changes, cost savings, etc. Component quality, input filtering, cable length, case finish, fan type and connector numbers are all changed.
On the other hand, efficiency is mostly a property of the basic design and is not going to be changed that much. (You can choose higher vs. lower Ron switching FETs.)
Note that a lot of those companies don't sell PSUs under their own name at all. Seasonic is one of the rare exceptions. And there's only so much quality variation you can get out of a basic PSU design. A basically crap design can't be made great, and a basically good design is hard to ruin completely.
Thus, for example, even though Antech's Seasonic-made PSUs (EarthWatts) are made quite cheaply, they're still pretty decent.
Corsair have been making a big splash lately. They started with Seasonic PSUs and requested a high-quality build. They've since gone on to Channel Well Technology (CWT) for some of the higher-powered models, but they still seem to be very good. They're still in the "hungry for market share" phase rather than "cashing in on a reputation" phase, so they're not skimping on the quality and still selling for decent prices.
One conflict of interest: BGFtech actually hired Jonnyguru, and he specified their latest product, the ES-800. So far, people seem to be liking it.