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    Default PSU Question - Enermax Galaxy EVO 1,250 or Corsair AX 1,200?

    Greetings everyone,

    Relatively new to the site but loving the reviews and care that goes into the disection of the PSUs!

    Anyway, had a quick question please - looking to rebuild a new system and deciding between the Enermax Galaxy EVO 1,250w and Corsair AX 1,200w units.

    Units here:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194046
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139014

    I see the Galaxy as being good due to more current protections and being on split rails. Then again I see the Corsair as good due to a bit higher efficiency even though it draws 50 less watts total.

    Planning for a system with an EVGA SR-2, 2x Intel Xeon 5620s, 2x GTX 480s, 12 GB of RAM, a few optical / HDDs, and a handful of fans. Also thinking to potentially have the power to OC both CPUs / GPUs at some point too.

    Especially since the 480s draw so much power, would I just hook up the 6 pin to say, one +12v rail and the 8 pin to another since on the EVO each +12v is limited to 20 amps? Am I correct in thinking that I do not want to overdraw a rail?

    I read some of the PSU guides but I'm still a tad unsure.

    Any help is kindly appreciated! Thanks.

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    Because you're getting an EVGA SR-2 board you should look at getting the EVGA SR-2 PSU as well.

    It's an Antec True Power Quattro 1200w OC with a slightly different cable system, and a different paint job.

    The only reason I say you should get the SR-2 PSU is because of the special cable system. The SR-2 PSU was specifically designed to have enough cables for the extra connectors that are optional on the SR-2, while still allowing for Quad-SLi/Xfire.

    Out of the two units though?

    Well they are both amazing but my leg would go to the AX1200, it's more efficient, has better cables, and a longer warranty.

    Though performance wise, they're both evenly matched.

    The Antec True Power Quattro 1200w is also close to them in performance. And the only difference between the stock TPQ-1200 & OC Model is the knobs on the back for manual fan & 12v rail control.

    You can read reviews of both the TPQ-1200 (linked above), Corsair AX1200, & Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250 from this site to even compare for yourself.

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    Ahh Tator Tot, you're following me everywhere! XD

    No thanks again for taking the time to help me out with questions and everything, it's greatly appreciated when you could be doing a million other things. Thanks.

    Yeah I was strongly looking at EVGA's unit but was waiting for Jonny to revie... er, I mean, torture it to see how well it did compared to the other units I listed.

    I suppose I can't really make a "wrong" choice - just haven't tried Corsair products before, that's all. But yeah since the EVGA PSU is specifically built for the SR-2, I might just plop down the extra $ and get that.

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    Well like I said, for the performance aspect, you can just take the TPQ-1200 Review for it.

    I doubt EVGA will send anyone the SR-2 PSU to Review. So I wouldn't hold my breath on it.

    Corsair generally makes solid PSU's. Though some are old by todays standards. And some are not all that was expected.
    They haven't released a single "Bad" unit that couldn't do what was on the label.
    And their only units that are currently untested are the CX430, CX500, CX600 which are their low end. And most likely not that great units.

    But overall the company is respectable in regards to how they treat their customers. And Corsair is one of the biggest names in the PSU business right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
    The only reason I say you should get the SR-2 PSU is because of the special cable system. The SR-2 PSU was specifically designed to have enough cables for the extra connectors that are optional on the SR-2, while still allowing for Quad-SLi/Xfire.
    I don't think you'd want to run an OCed SR-2 system with 4 GTX480s on a 1200W PSU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theAnimal View Post
    I don't think you'd want to run an OCed SR-2 system with 4 GTX480s on a 1200W PSU.
    Unless you play Furmark & Prime95 all day, you wouldn't trip the units OCP circuits or your houses 15a breaker and cause a shut down.

    Contrary to popular believe.... but gaming doesn't require that much power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theAnimal View Post
    I don't think you'd want to run an OCed SR-2 system with 4 GTX480s on a 1200W PSU.
    Thanks for the input theAnimal... I was looking at just 2 480s though

    EVGA PSU is very tempting.

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