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    Default Preview: Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550 W – the cheapest platinum unit? @HWI

    http://hardwareinsights.com/forum/vi...hp?f=35&t=1011

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    Other than that, for now I can tell this unit makes somewhat mixed feelings about the choice of capacitors. It is not bad, however, it is not good either ☺ Stay tuned!
    What caps can you see there? The last time TPU reviewed it (and that was quite a long time ago), the unit was filled with NCC, one Rubycon and one Capxon.

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    Lets just say there is more than one C(r)apXon.

    But I can see two in that review as well

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    the review is just partially online with first page, right?

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    On another look, I can see more than one too (obviously excluding the Capxon main cap).
    There's a small Capxon near the PFC/PWM controller here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...in_FSP6600.jpg

    There's also the +5VSB cap in the top of that picture. It's obviously not a Chemi-Con, but I'm reluctant to say it's Capxon because the sleeve colour doesn't seem familiar.

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    Orion: the brown one is crapxon GL
    Quote Originally Posted by GI_Joe View Post
    the review is just partially online with first page, right?
    Just a first look, the full review, well…I have not even started with the texts yet. Should make some progress today, hopefully by the end of the week/beginning of the next one it will get published.

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    And the review has been published! http://www.hardwareinsights.com/wp/a...platinum-unit/

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    These were quite good choices at their release. Today, well, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemot View Post
    Just a bit of advice; you may want to put the Y on the actual caps next time, and not on the caulk. It may make it more apparent for those not in the know with electrical components.

    From an outsider's perspective, the in-picture labeling is nice. I'm not sure how well that effort translates into actual time spent reading the reviews (from personal experience with Analytics, people read the first and last page. That's about it.) Keep up the good work man.

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    Originally Posted by Behemot
    1.The capacitor charged by PFC circuit is CapXon LP 270 μF/420 V for 105 °C (measures 236 μF) with endurance of 2000 hours. Could be much better and I am very curious if this thing is going to handle the minimum ATX hold-up time.
    .........................................
    2.The hold-up time of the +12 V rail on the scope image is almost suspiciously good. Over 30 ms with just 270uF input capacitor, really not bad. Platinum efficiency seems to help
    Since the hold-up time proved to be extremely good, what are the data that can be concluded from this result?
    That:
    1. The CapXon caps are better quality than they used in the past?,
    or
    2. Platinum efficiency platforms, don't necessarily require top-notch caps, because caps don't get so stressed under such efficient platforms?
    or
    3. Combination of 1. & 2., or something else?
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