Antec busts PSU myths

There a ton of power supply myths floating around these days. A lot of them have been started by various companies for the purposes of marketing. Some myths were true at one time and others are just wide spread misinformation. Antec has decided to take on various single-rail versus multi-rail myths and show how those myths are not true. One could quite easily accuse Antec of doing this as purely a marketing tool and that is true. However, it does not make their information false. Companies like PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) have spent a lot of time and money pushing a lot of the single rail myths that are out there. While some of PCP&P’s claims were true in the past (multiple rail designs of a few years ago were not as stable as some of the better single rail units) much of it has changed with huge improvements OEMs like Channel Well Technology and Seasonic have made to their platforms. You still have absolutely terrible OEMs like Deer out there making power supplies with “multiple” rails that will explode (pretty much literally) if you try to use their advertised wattage so it is something to keep an eye out.

A power supply is probably the most important part of your computer and it is one of the most ignored. I’ve seen many extremely intelligent and experienced builders simply buy a cheap PSU that claims to provide the wattage they need. I’m sure you can imagine the painful results of the one. I’ve seen PSUs have capacitors just explode inside of them and start on fire. In most of these cases the massive failure of the power supply has taken other parts with it. I’ve had no less than two PSU’s fry out on me and take two motherboards with it. Every single computer user owes it to themselves (and their wallets) to research power supplies and specifically the OEMs involved in their construction.

As a random side-note, its worth pretty much ignoring more user reviews and even professional reviews of power supplies. Most reviews go along the lines of “hey it works, that must mean it works” or the run programs like FurMark believing that it stresses the PSU. If you want good PSU reviews find a site that uses real load testers and highly accurate measuring tools and custom designed hot boxes to truly stress each unit.

Source: Antec