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    Hi Guys,

    Long story short my PC is about to change spec wise for a number of reasons and the one thing I feel I should have done last time around but didn't was put a more powerful PSU in there (especially as I am now running SLI 780's and I'm now moving to a 4790K that I plan to overclock), anyhow...

    Looking for a 1000+ Platinum supply and there's obviously loads out there so I started looking in to reviews, but I am finding so many disparities between the review sites it's hard to tell what the truth about a particular supply is...

    My question is which site is the more reliable for PSU reviews? Just when I think I've found the supply for me I read another review on another site and find myself questioning my decision

    Help?

    R.
    PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
    Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

  • #2
    Jonnyguru is the best for power supplies .

    IMO of course.

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    • #3
      See that's what I thought, and there I was happily reading through some reviews, all positive stuff and looks to be thoroughly tested, then I switch to hardocp only to find them almost the opposite of jonnyguru not in a massive way, but enough for me to question my decision, then I look at techpowerup and they seem quite neutral to the other 2... annoying
      PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
      Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

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      • #4
        They can only go off the samples they get given but I like on Jonny guru how they put it in a hotbox to see how it copes, other than just a test bench.

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        • #5
          i think taking 1 reviewers findings as gospel is a very dangerous thing to do given the cherry picked nature of the samples they get given.

          that being said i have always found techpowerup to be pretty impartial and they have been known to use retail samples and not freebies from the manufacturer, not always but...

          i think what you're doing is the best way dude, look at a few and try to make your mind up based on what they all say about something.

          just keep in mind that any review site that tells you the truth will not be getting given more samples for long you know. none of them bite the hand that feeds unless they already have a new master lined up.
          "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
          Plato

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          • #6
            i normally read reviews from many sites and then just make a decision on them all. I trust some sites like oc3d, ttl just tells it how it is! techpowerup are good too.

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            • #7
              cheers guys, just checked TTL's review of the PSU that interests me and that was very positive so looks like I may have a winner
              PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
              Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

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              • #8
                Johnnyguru usually does the best breakdown of the actual guts of the PSUs, telling you who the OEM is, what caps they used, all that sort of thing. I do trust him the most for PSUs, but then he specialises in PSUs whereas most of the other sites here are reviewing a wide range of components so they can't be expected to have the same level of specialist knowledge (or equipment).

                But it's true that it's always worth checking a few review sites.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by radial View Post
                  cheers guys, just checked TTL's review of the PSU that interests me and that was very positive so looks like I may have a winner

                  Which psu are you considering?

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                  • #10
                    HX1000i, was originally thinking of going to the AX1200i but from what I've read it'd be hard to justify nearly 100 more for it.
                    PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
                    Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by El Wayneo View Post
                      Jonnyguru is the best for power supplies .

                      IMO of course.
                      agreed, guru3d too and techpowerup

                      as others have said, a sample of reviews is good rather than relying on one, however, having a comparison where tests are performed in the same environment and with the same testing methodology should not be discarded lightly
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                      • #12
                        Have a look at the EVGA Supernova P2 1000W if you already haven't. I would say that this platform is one of the best around for the price/performance. It is built by Superflower and based on the Leadex platform. You also get a very generous 10 year warranty. This unit also features eco fan mode similar to that on the HX1000i.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Lee, I did just that, and on the back of its amazing results and reviews I've ordered one (actually ordered the 1200W as the deal was good).. Somewhat more power than I actually need right now, but It'll last me a good while and with that warranty I'm good to go Thanks for the recommendation!
                          PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
                          Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

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                          • #14
                            Oooo, look what arrived

                            PC: 4790K|H110i|Z97 Sabertooth Mk1|SLI GTX 980 SC|16 GB Beast 2400 MHz|2x850 Pro RAID0|W7|HX1000i|NZXT H440 SE|Dell U3415W|Genelec 8040a|Dacmagic Plus
                            Mac Pro: Dual 6 Core X5690 Xeons|64 GB ECC|7970 Windforce 3|512 GB NVMe PCIe|2xWD Black 4 TB Raid 0|OS X 10.11.3|2x27" Apple Cinema Displays|KRK V4 Series 2

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                            • #15
                              My Ax860i never struggled with 2 780s and a 3930k, most I ever saw it pull from the wall (totally unrealistic forced stress test of p95 while folding) was around 600w.

                              Not sure why 1000w+ PSUs are so popular tbh, crazy expensive and 99% of the time totally unnecessary
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