Best Gaming Power Supply 2013



Posted on May 7 2013 - 5:39am by Nikolas Nikolaou
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A gaming power supply is one of the main computer parts, considering the fact that computer systems will not function without one. Choosing takes more than just simple numbers. After knowing what your computer system will use in watts, as each pc has different requirements, you can search for the type of power supply that best fits your computer’s requirements from the reviews below.

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How to Choose the Best Power Supply

The first thing you need to do is to determine what power usage you will need for your computer. Each component uses energy from the power supply. Dependant on the parts you have installed some are powered from slots,  most will run into the power supply directly , others combine both. Computer components usually have manuals with the power usage requirements but for newbies this is alot easier to see what power consumption is required for your tailor made computer system, based on the components installed in it, by using the thermaltake outervision tool.

Corsair 430w psu Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Corsair Builder Series 430w Psu

This psu from Corsair can handle a simple home or office PC. This is 430 watt power supply device which comes with a 120mm fan and a very low noise level. The main thing to note here that its  80 Plus certified to produce 80 percent efficiency or greater at normal load settings, which in layman terms means it can deliver enough power to run any low to mid systems without any problems.

 

Thermaltake 500w Power supply Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Thermaltake 500W Power Supply

The Thermaltake 500w  allows you to install a mid range graphics card with a decent cpu and a couple of peripherals . It has maximum power of 500 watts and an active power factor correction.

Also, the device comes with 1x 24pin Main Connector and 1x 4+4pin +12V Connector, as well as a form factor ATX 12V 2.2. This should help you to install it in the vast majority of pc builds.

 

Corsair 600w modular psu Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Corsair Builder Series 600w

The Corsair Builder Series power supplies are the borderline if you are looking to overlock and or throw in more than one graphics card . It’s 600 watts psu that is 80 plus certified will give you enough power efficiency to deliver even in high usage levels . The product’s dedicated single +12V rail provides maximum compatibility with the latest computer components. It comes with alot of auto features packed in to help prevent overvoltage and overheating.

 

 

Always overpower your computer system. Power supply ratings are typically given for peak wattage. It is good to always get a psu with 80+ percent rating as it will give you the highest level attainable and power your system accordingly. Theres also the styling that you might prefer as led lights or fans on the psu are known in todays power supply releases.

Coolermaster Gx650w powersupply Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Cooler Master GX Series 650W ATX PSU

The Cooler Master GX Series 650W ATX features a maximum capacity output of 650 watts. This is similar to the Corsair Builder series psu stated above but from another reputable manufacturer Coolermaster.

It delivers 650w,  50 more than the Corsair and the same 80+ efficiency. This would do great on mid to high range cpu with a single or dual graphics cards.

 

Coolermaster 750 watt modular powersupply Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Cooler Master GX Series 750W Power ATX

Starting from the 700w point, these are intended for the gamers or overclockers . The Coolermaster Gx750 Xtreme gamer series is a high end power supply with the ability to overclock your gpus and cpu simultaneously . It comes with connectors for up to  four graphics cards, but if you prefer not to max out your power supply prefer to leave some headroom or get a little higher watt psu.

 

Consider special power consumption requirements. Always check that there are  enough connectors for your computer system’s components (prefer a modular psu where you can connect cables accordingly to your needs ). If your into gaming or overclocking look for something with alot of overhead to give you the power you will need.

 

Cooler Master  1000 Watts Sli CrossfireX Gamer Psu Best Gaming Power Supply 2013Cooler Master  1000 Watts Sli-Crossfire Gamer Psu

Modular power supplies offer better cable management, where you can use only the connectors you need. This 1000watt modular psu from CoolerMaster offers one of the best user experiences for those that dont want to lack a peripheral, sli- crossfire gpu’s or overclock to their hearts desire. It offers the industry  80+ Gold Certification which is the highest  degree of watt efficiency today.



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  1. wizardofid October 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Sadly there are a lot of errors or wrong suggestions in the article.

    So lets start of with the PSU calculator.For one they are inaccurate, point period, they give a total if and when all hardware is operated at max power which is a near impossibility, the only time a system would draw that much power is on start up, after which hardware goes into a “low power state”

    Secondly the output given by a PSU calculator combines the output of the the 12volt rail and the minor rails as the requirement for a PSU, the calculator doesn’t take into account peak and continuous output of the PSU, since systems are 12volt heavy it doesn’t tell you exactly how much of a 12volt rail is required point is, PSU calculators are useless no matter who programmed them.

    Corsair CX range are terrible PSU’s, The oem responsible from making them don’t have that a great track record.

    Coolermaster GX range, is another horrible range, it’s unable to do crossloads ever, ripple isn’t good and uses a group regulated design which isn’t even haswell compatible,as the low power states of haswell will result in the PSU rails going out of spec.

    Thermaltake, is a tier 5 PSU maker, they simply suck at any price point never ever use them .

    Coolermaster in general is not that great, their new V series however makes use of seasonic and is very good PSU OEM, any thing else as a rule of thumb from coolermaster should be avoided.

    as a last remark, efficiency platform doesn’t indicate performance or quality, as their testing at 25 degrees is well below what you would experience in real life,so even the worst of the worst PSU maker is able to provide bronze, most PSU start struggling a 45 degrees, at which point a derate curve occurs by which a PSU can loose as much as 5 to 10 watts per degree increase over the threshold.

    Your assumption that efficiency means that the PSU will provide more stable output is wrong, an efficiency rating really means how much power a PSU needs to draw in order to provide the rates wattage….the lower the efficiency the more power is drawn from the wall socket to provide the output needed.

    Only decent suggestions made was the kingwin, pc power and cooling and the corsair AX series.

  2. Milos M October 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Good points, this was guide was made having a sub $100 price tier in mind more then any else. and i do agree it needs an update. Cooler Master GX series was bad at the beginning (voltage drops etc) but it has been improved greatly after revision so there is no harm in buying CM GX at this point in time and I do agree that this new V series with Seasonic build is a great buy in terms of price-performance. TT has PSUs in all of the price ranges, good ones as well as crappy ones. I personally have TT ToughPower XT 775W (CWT inside) and it works great. We have also “how to pick a PSU guide” where we deal with these things in more detail manner. Thanks for the feedback we will update this article asap.
    http://www.hardwarepal.com/how-to-pick-a-power-supply-the-ultimate-guide/

    However i must disagree when it comes to efficiency. The lower efficiency of the PSU the more heat it produces and makes it more unstable. Now you do have a point when you say that efficiency is measured in ideal circumstances but then again most of the manufacturers (not all) do that. Also if is passes 25 degrees it doesn’t mean that it wont pass higher temperatures it all depend on the quality of the build in components and efficiency as well. PSU calculator is not the most exact thing in the world when it comes to power consumption but its the best one we have specially for people who cant get their heads around efficiencies, Amp’s, etc. I must add that its impossible to make the perfect PSU calculator since not all f.e. 4770k’s consume same amount of power in load or while overclocked. You have similar variations with the rest of the hardware so an exact measure for this kinds of things doesn’t really exist. We, as well as the people who made the PSU calculator can only have a best guess when it comes to systems power consumption, prior to any testing of course.
    When it comes to PSU manufacturers, people should look for PSUs with Seasonic and CWT inside.

  3. wizardofid October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the speedy reply, albeit seasonic being a top tierPSU maker there are unfortunately much better OEM’s out there

    However I can’t promote CWT, they are an average PSU brand at best, the soldering is weak to okayish, and the love jamming up caps right next to the rectifying bridge, and that is bad for heat, unless the vendor mentions some thing or have specific design quality control CWT loves using teapo…if it isn’t all jap caps, don’t bother….besides that their designs are often pretty sloppy, and at the price point corsair is asking for a double forward design, made by CWT and no modular cables, is a bit of a rip off, the raidmax 850watt AE made by OEM, andyson is a good example for a PSU OEM that is able to give modular cables at the same price point and the same double forward design.

    This is also a double whammy, as albeit andyson is leaps and bounds better than CWT even FSP….they fail real world efficiency testing , and a text book example of quality and performance got nothing to do with efficiency…http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/psu_reports/RAIDMAX%20TECHNOLOGIES_RX-850AE_ECOS%201792.1_850W_Report.pdf

    Impact on efficiency, is better noticed via more efficiency topologies, a double forward design is only so efficient, pushing gold out of it is a bit of a leap, already,

    talking of which CWT has only managed two platinum rated PSU’s platforms ever that is not a whole lot, and they have been around the block with regards to the amount of platforms they have done, kind of scary that you would promote some one like them, without knowing some background info on them first,

    CWT is definitely not my go to guy ever….

    As for the PSU calculator, simple really, don’t recommend them,don’t speak of them, as they aren’t doing any thing useful, if you are worth your salt, you would show your readers the math geek way of doing it. Since most system is are 12 volt heavy any ways, it’s a simple divide by 12, could not be easier.

    If you are going to mention most readers are not tech savvy well, think of it this way who is often the person that is responcible for selling readers crappy PSU’s who would most likely read this, the sales man, with the fat commission check at the end of the month.

    as for overclocking, you can pretty much work out the max power output, as you have all the information at hand ;) Suggest heading over to a hardcore OC forum and pose them that question ?

    thanks for the link just quickly skimped over it, notice some problems already , in particular the inefficient dual rail PSU you mention the combined rail output is 384watt, dual multi rail PSU’s rails can’t be added together, to give total output.

    to give an example I have a quad rail PSU that gives each rail 48A combine you get a insane amount of watts, but the actual pool is only 732watts :)

    Then the thermal take PSU 775watts I think not, not any where on the label the derating curve or continuous or peak power ouput is mentioned so at best, wishful thinking, thermaltake PSU’s are notorious for killing HDD’s because they often have so much ripple it isn’t remotely funny.

    then finally Coolermaster GX range is still crap regardless of one revision after another, simple because it’s a group regulated design, and with hardware being 12volt heavy these days, your are forced to balance the loads on the rails, as pulling too much of a 12volt means the 5volt goes out of spec as a result of the psu trying even out the loads, which simply don’t work.

    Also saw that mention a PSU would degrade faster at maximum output, not true, besides the correct term is derate, PSU caps have so many hours they will operate for regardless of output level, derating however occurs as a result of exceeding the cap temp threshold, which will shorten it’s life expectancy..if exceeded often in continuous mode….

    I am not being biased to brands either, nor is it an opinion but known facts and having disassemble a good few PSU’s

  4. Milos M October 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Generalization whet it comes to brands isn’t helpful in discussions. If we take my TT XT 775W you will see that it uses CWT DSG platform.Same platform used on Corsair 750HX and 850HX. No one is his right mind will say that Seasonic is bad but where you are considering all things PRICE is one of those things as well, and SeaSonic PSU’s are one of the most expensive ones in their categories. Now i don’t know about the prices in your country, but in mine TT XT series were not competing with SS X series in terms of price, they were competing with SS GM series. Now, SS GM series looses in every step of the way compared with TT XT since TT XT 775w uses the same primary double forward design as Seasonic, but when ti comes to secondary Seasonic is trailing. SS GM uses schottky barrier diodes and mag-amp regulation, group regulation for 5V/12V and separated for 3,3V line. TT XT instead of that uses MOSFETs (synchronous rectification) for 12V, and then step-down for VRMs (DC-DC conversion) for 5V and 3,3V. All of this provides more stable voltage regulation, higher efficiency, less heat-> reduced fan noise. TT XT (when i bought it) was higher class PSU with the middle range price at it was the best buy at that point in time.
    As for you me referring OC forums, i didn’t say that i don’t know how much my 4770k consumes power, I am saying that you cannot know the real power consumption of your chip when overclocked prior to detail testings. Every chip behaves more or less differently. Some 4770k’s need only 1,28V to reach stable 4,5 GHZ, some 1,31, some even more, and some of course wont even get to 4,5GHz. And i think you agree that a CPU at 1,28V and 1,31V do not consume same amount of power in load, or am i wrong? Like I said PSU calculator is far from perfect but its good enough and you are more than welcome to create a better which will probably lead to rest of the PSU calculator running out of business, when you do that please let us know we will do our best in spreading the word ;). Or, since you like writing , you can make additions to the articles or the write a whole new article concerning PSU’s if its good we will gladly publish it. (Contact Chief Editor for that) . Now when it comes to PSU’s with the multiple rails and their outputs if you read the article more carefully you will see that i didn’t add those rails i just mentioned it since this is the first thing an average user will do. Further explanations are below where i state that such output in that case is not possible ;) . Every PSu series of the each manufacturer is a story for itself and we can debate endlessly, and that also goes for degrading/derating PSUs. Top notch PSU’s can even provide more power than their certification says, however I do not understand how are you proving me wrong if I say that if a PSU works in peak load (or somewhere close to that value) continuously, will loose its initial power over time. Of course it will, some sooner, some later…

  5. wizardofid October 16, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    OC Wattage = TDP x ( OC MHz / Stock MHz) x ( OC Vcore / Stock Vcore )^2

    Which is why and for most you will always be an amateur hardware site lol.

    • Milos M October 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      LOl Amateur?
      I have been seeing this coming, so i patiently decided to wait for you to shine in all of your glory.

      So if we go with this formula of yours for 4770k we get:
      84W x 1.153 (4500Mhz/3900Mhz) x 1.12^2 (1.3/1.154)= 121.49 W
      I cant tell you right away that this is by a mile wrong, since Haswell consumes around 80W (at least )more when overclocked at this values, so this little thingy of yours is useless and its even worse than anything that PSU calculator has ever done. But his is formula is not applicable to any other CPU or platform f.e fx 8350: 125Wx 1.125 (4500/4000) x 1.065^2 (1.46/1.37) = 159.5 W which is equally wrong as in Haswell case since Fx 8350 consumes around 80+Watts at these values. You can Google and check it. :)

      You disapprove PSU calculator however you suggest formulas that have nothing to do with real life hardware, overclocking and circumstances! And you come here introducing your self as an expert?!
      Power consumption depends on the CPU architecture and how polished it is. Meaning if you have runaway electrons all over the place power consumption is big and voltages do not have such impact as your trolling ass might think! That’s something this crappy formula of yours doesn’t do which makes it completely useless
      You judge about the other people although you clearly have no idea what are you talking about?! I have nothing against debate but if you come again to troll i will see that you get banned for good!

      Good bye troll!

  6. wizardofid October 17, 2013 at 4:37 am - Reply

    I don’t troll, well I do, when I see a few in accuracies where the the staff writer could have done a little more research, could have moved along and left it well along, but having the audacity to point out the inaccuracies, as you will call it, makes me the bad guy, then honestly what has the internet come to, with free speech all.

    My question I pose to you which or rather which formula does PSU calculator use ;)
    What info do you input into the outervision calculator, now kindly check the formula I gave you ?

    But this isn’t the scope of your article, overclocking, the scope and my trouble is using a PSU calculator, the point was it is inaccurate and doesn’t give the necessary info needed, as there is real life variables that PSU calculator doesn’t take in account, as I mentioned peak loads and continuous loads.

    But ultimately the biggest problem, is not giving separate rail information,

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