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Intel Pentium G3470 [frys.com] Retail CPU $39 (listed as in-store)

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Pro reviewers give that power supply model some iffy marks. Bad soldering, some cheap caps and a power switch soldered such that it could arc.

One reviewer had the unit 'explode' when doing some on/off switching during peak load, which he'd never seen before. Enermax replaced it and the replacement didn't do that, so it was just a bad one.

Ok for a beater/test supply but I don't think I'd put one in a daily driver or a new i7 rig.
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Is this for tomorrow?
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Pro reviewers give that power supply model some iffy marks. Bad soldering, some cheap caps and a power switch soldered such that it could arc.
Link to the review? Pretty sure you are thinking of a different unit.

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Yes it is
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Different size, same model, same cwt manufacturing. Reviews covered mostly the flagship 750 and some in the 630 watt model. Customer reviews are either 5 star or a mix of DOA's and items that shouldn't have passed quality assurance.

Of course, the dinging considered a $100+ price point. However, I'm not sticking something into a machine that might be a fire hazard. Not to mention at lower loads the efficiency wasn't that great. There are way too many <$40 bronze supplies in this size range with impeccable build quality.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules....6&reid=473

"The giant elephant in the room, that soldering issue on the power switch wire. Because it represents an arcing hazard, this is going to take more points away than the usual soldering deduction. I'm taking two full points."

http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...,4549.html

"However, CWT doesn't build the Revolution on its best production line, so soldering quality is merely mediocre."

"During the hold-up time tests, where we switch the PSU on and off as it operates under full load, we encountered a catastrophic failure after several cycles. In short, one of the primary switchers exploded. "

"On the other hand, this PSU's downsides include a lower than required hold-up time, an inefficient 5VSB rail and lower-than-expected efficiency under light loads. Ripple suppression on the minor rails could be better as well, since the competition set the bar high in this area. "
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Good job taking the quote out of context to make it seem bad.

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During the hold-up time tests, where we switch the PSU on and off as it operates under full load, we encountered a catastrophic failure after several cycles. In short, one of the primary switchers exploded. We strongly believe that this was an isolated incident. Moreover, this is an unlikely real-world situation since it's improbable that a PC will apply full load immediately after the PSU is switched on.
In other words it will never happen in a real-world situation.

And another quote you took out of context.

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On the other hand, this PSU's downsides include a lower than required hold-up time, an inefficient 5VSB rail and lower-than-expected efficiency under light loads. Ripple suppression on the minor rails could be better as well, since the competition set the bar high in this area. If the unit's price tag falls to $90, the ERX750AWT could be a good alternative to EVGA's 750 GQ.
The only thing holding this back from being comparable to the 750 GQ is the price.

At $40 this unit is well worth the money and is well-built for it's price. If you are expecting perfect reviews for a $40 PSU then you are insane.
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At $40 this unit is well worth the money and is well-built for it's price. If you are expecting perfect reviews for a $40 PSU then you are insane.
I expect good soldering, no potential electrical arcs and good build quality. If I'm getting lousy efficiency at the lower watt levels most systems run at most of the time, I'd rather have a well made and nearly perfect build bronze for $40 and pay an extra $2 a year for the electricity.

I picked up a 650 watt $39 bronze supply without these problems and a 750 watt gold for $59, with perfect ratings. I'll get 5 worry free years out of them, at least.

There's a reason why its $40. But good luck with yours!

However, I'm also a little bit insane so good call on that. Taking chances on badly built power supplies might qualify too,
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I picked up a 650 watt $39 bronze supply without these problems and a 750 watt gold for $59, with perfect ratings. I'll get 5 worry free years out of them, at least.
Want to drop the names of those two units?

Outside of Delta, I can't really think of an OEM that's consistently superb on soldering. My favorite OEM (Super Flower) is particularly mediocre at it (they all too often have manual soldering steps in the manufacturing process), but I don't think it's ever dissuaded me from any individual purchase. You also have to be careful about reviews that receive a cherry-picked unit from the supplier, as they can easily select a unit that hides consistency issues.
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Want to drop the names of those two units?

Outside of Delta, I can't really think of an OEM that's consistently superb on soldering. My favorite OEM (Super Flower) is particularly mediocre at it (they all too often have manual soldering steps in the manufacturing process), but I don't think it's ever dissuaded me from any individual purchase. You also have to be careful about reviews that receive a cherry-picked unit from the supplier, as they can easily select a unit that hides consistency issues.
That was my thought. To get a reviewer a unit that blew up on their regular stress testing (and yes, I've switched units on and off during peak usage on many occasions so its hardly something to never happen) and have big insulation gaps on the power switch and really bad soldering says that either the manufacturer doesn't look at them or care about it, or their hand picked units are bad.

Silverstone usually gets the soldering right, as do a few other companies. I haven't looked at a Delta supply in years but they weren't very good last time I saw one. I also haven't looked at a Superflower as they got popular and expensive before I bought one.

Dead deals from slickdeals, in the last week.

This one was $59 after $30 rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371073

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules....6&reid=382

Main points off were non modular (I don't care, I use big cases with good cable management) and lots of molex connectors, and this case has a bunch of molex fans in it). I also have plenty of zip ties and no windows on the cases. No problems with soldering, potential arcs lousy build quality or exploding parts.

I'm about to pick up this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817139143

$69 after rebate and $10 off code.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules....6&reid=452

Got knocked points for value at $120 and a half point for iffy soldering on the VRM board.
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Power supply is already OOS for shipping. Another big FY to Fry's. Mad
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Silverstone usually gets the soldering right, as do a few other companies. I haven't looked at a Delta supply in years but they weren't very good last time I saw one. I also haven't looked at a Superflower as they got popular and expensive before I bought one.
I think only Antec has some Delta OEMs in circulation at the moment. You're right that Delta's performance is lackluster, but JonnyGuru gives them praise when it comes to build quality. Even on your review, he says "I've seen better build quality from the likes of Delta, but this isn't far behind."

By Silverstone, which models do you mean? They outsource to a variety of OEMs, such as Sirtec/Sirfa, FSP Group, Enhance Electronics, Etasis, and Seventeam. Granted, there's some oversight by Silverstone on the models that go out, but going through random reviews, it seems like soldering isn't consistent for any of them. I know JonnyGuru typically sings praises on Etasis' build quality, but those reviews are quite dated, and it's hard to find units built by them these days (similar to Delta).
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