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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    Next review will be somewhat more of the same.
    Looking forward to it.

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    On the 5V line, 4.38V on CL2 in the hot box at 33c. Is that out of spec? If it is out of spec, CL2 represents modern 12V-heavy systems.
    CPU: Core i7 8700k, HT enabled, all 6 cores OC'd to 4.8GHz, Vcore = 1.24v
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    Well I'll be... the unit not only survived, it passed all tests without shutting down. No signs at all of any impending doom from any of the readings. Usually, a unit in immanent danger will start cranking on the power meter before shutting down or exploding, and this unit was still clearing Bronze numbers with no issues. This thing acted like it wasn't even close to the point of no return. This is very good news indeed.
    Sure, it survived, but is it really that impressive when the intake temp was just 3 degrees (33°C) over the spec?

    One paragraph ago you mentioned
    My entire set up is built to try for at least forty degrees.
    So I was slightly let down when we didn't get to see the unit in the promised 40°C.


    Quote Originally Posted by ehume View Post
    On the 5V line, 4.38V on CL2 in the hot box at 33c. Is that out of spec? If it is out of spec, CL2 represents modern 12V-heavy systems.
    You're right, the minimum spec for 5V is 4.75V. This PSU is wayy out of spec in that test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    Next review will be somewhat more of the same.
    Looking forward to it. I always like reading reviews of units that are more toward the "budget end" of the spectrum. The gutless wonder (and near-gutless-wonder) units can be especially entertaining. I remember a unit that had 3V ripple on the 12V rail, another one right before it died was pulling almost 1000W from the wall with a little over a 400W load, I think another one might have had atrocious voltage regulation (like +/- 2V on 12V, I forget now), and of course the infamous Hercules.


    Oh btw ... how would you rank the EVGA 450BV among some other EVGA budget PSUs you've reviewed in the past, namely, the 500B, 430W, and 400W?


    Hey I had an idea sometime ... So you have the gutless wonder series ... How about once in a while also reviewing an older PSU that was highly regarded in its day, to test how well it's held up over time?

    As in ... maybe take a PSU from like 2008, or even 2000 or 1993 or 1987 (if you want to go back THAT far) that was its era's equivalent of a Corsair AX, SeaSonic Prime, etc. Of course you wouldn't recommend going out and buying one on ebay, but if the reader already has one, should they continue to use it for their older system, or would it be sufficient for now for a newer system with low power draw (like a Ryzen 5 2400G build on a B450 board and a single SATA SSD), or whatever you might think of.

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    Gutless wonders don't interest me, but good Engineering does

    “An engineer can do for a dollar what any fool can do for two.”

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    Wolf did himself proud to review a usable supply, and not just a jalopy design


    And ONCE again I double posted when I meant to edit the original...

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