Raidmax RX-735AP Power Supply

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: JonnyGURU.com
MANUFACTURER: Raidmax
PRODUCT: RX-735AP
PROD LINK: RX-735AP Product Page
PRICE: $69.99 @ Frys.com
Price is at the time of testing!

Performance (40% of the final score) – It’s time for some scoring and first up we have the voltage regulation. I’m not going to score against the poor performance of the +5VSB rail because this is something that we normally don’t show. The +3.3V rail gave us an average of 3.79%, the +5V rail gave us an average of 3.78%, while we had an average of 3.44% on the +12V rail. There’s just not getting around it, we’re looking at below average results costing this unit 2 points. When it comes to the efficiency, I expected this unit to be close to its Bronze rating, but was surprised to see how quickly this unit started dropping off. That’s a straight up fail Hot and Cold, another point off there. Although we looked good in the ripple/noise section we are still lacking a little causing us to pull a half a point. So that’s a total of 3.5 points off, giving us a score of 6.5.

Functionality (20% of the final score) – As is normal for us here, I’m pulling a half a point for the RX-735AP being semi-modular. I know, I know, some of you don’t agree with us on that. We’re also going to be pulling a half a point for Wolfie’s beloved Berg connector being permanently attached to the peripheral cable. The fixed to modular cable arrangement, as well as the connector count,  seems Ok for an 80+ Bronze unit, so no deductions there. The RX-735AP also comes without any kind of documentation. We also fail to get any kind of goodies included with the unit. No Zip Ties, no Velcro straps, no Raidmax badges, NOTHING! We’re looking at another half a point deduction there, which gives us a total of 1.5 points deducted leaving us with a score of 8.5.

Value (20% of the final score) – The Raidmax RX-735AP can be picked for 69.99@ Frys.com. When looking around at Fry’s, we don’t have a lot of options for comparison. We have the Corsair CX750 coming in at the same price point, the Thermaltake Smart 750 comes in at $79.99 (before rebates), and we have the likes of the Antec HCG-750M coming in at 119.99. With this unit performing so poorly, it’s hard to even compare it to its fellow 750W units. It couldn’t even muster up an 80+ Standard rating @ just under 100% load. For me, It’d be a tough decision between the Corsair CX750, or dropping down a notch and looking at the Antec HCG 620M for another $10. With the hit this unit took in performance, it’s gonna hurt the score here. I’m going with a 7.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) – Overall the solder quality looks pretty good for this Andyson built unit. Although I wasn’t able to find out all that much about the components used, I’m left questioning the fan and capacitor selection. It’s not surprising for a Bronze rated unit, but we’re still going to be pulling a point off for each, leaving us with a score of 8.

RX-735AP – Scoring
Performance 6.5
Functionality 8.5
Value 7
Build Quality 8
Total Score 7.3

SUMMARY

Overall the RX-735AP took a pretty good beating. It showed below average results when it came to voltage regulation. Looking at the efficiency, it hit bronze at 20%, but only hit standard at 50% and didn’t even stay on the scale at just shy of 100%. Granted this unit does have a little age on it, but still, we’ve been past the 80+ mark for some time. Sorry, Wolf, I don’t mean to keep picking on you. It’s just been too long since I’ve had the pleasure.

The GOOD:

  • Its good looking budget unit.
  • Good ripple/noise suppression.

The BAD:

  • FAILED, 80+ Bronze rating.
  • +5VSB rails performance across the board.

The MEDIOCRE:

  • Below average voltage regulation.

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