Random panics on new hardware

Dimitrios sehh at altered.com
Wed Apr 28 10:39:21 BST 2004

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004 10:21:20 +0100 "Jon Schneider" <jon at axismilton.ltd.uk> wrote:

> Exactly. I think somebody did some testing a while back and found that 
> virtually none of these power supplies are really capable of supplying 
> what they claim to.

i agree.
> Many are also plain unsafe and don't really conform to what they should 
> to get even an almost meaningless "CE" mark.
> More importantly the 5v and 3.3v output rails tend to have a combined 
> limit of not much over 100W which doesn't leave a lot of headroom given 
> what a modern x86 toasting element needs from them.

I suggest two brands, Antec and Enermax.

The Antec 550 will do around 580 in reality. The Enermax will do
slightly lower than the advertised power, but its nothing to
worry about since they are some of the most reliable psu's i think.

My currentl dual athlon runs 6 ibm ultrastar U160 scsi drives
with loads of extras (usb devices, cdroms, cdrws, dual ethernet)
and its running on a single Enermax 450W with the 3.3V rail
running at ~3.2V (the 5V is not really important any more,
and not used in most modern systems, the 3.3V is the important one).

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