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    Question PFC vs no PFC prices?

    Huge PSU noob, i read the FAQ and perhaps I missed a connection somewhere, but i was looking at 2 different Antec PSU's, and they are in the same output range, but one has Active PFC, and the other has NONE, and yet, the one with NONE costs more?

    Any reason for the price difference being so large?

    NO PFC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371056

    Active PFC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

    I looked at Corsair PSU also and noticed a similar thing, the PSU with no PFC costs more?

    Maybe I am missing something obvious but I curious the differences that could affect the price differences so much?

    On another note, given the 2 listed PSU above, which would you choose?



    I meant to add this earlier,
    Why would I want to choose a PSU without PFC over one WITH PFC?

    Thanks for helping a noob out
    Last edited by frags; 10-07-2012 at 04:34 PM. Reason: Additional Query:

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    Both of those Antecs have pfc, just lazy specs by Newegg.

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    Can't get an 80+ certification without APFC, both of the unit's you linked are 80+ rated

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    That Platinum is more expensive just because it's Platinum certified. Even then it's a complete waste of money.

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    Ah ha! Well that would explain alot!

    Thanks alot

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    Both have PFC, but the EAP is ~10% more efficient. So not really a waste of money.

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    LOL! No PFC? Gotta love Newegg!

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    Rosewill Capstone 650 Gold might be worth a look

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182263

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    Pretty much any quality unit you'd get today is going to have Active PFC. Passive PFC is a thing of past that's pretty much only left for cheap and shitty PSU's with an efficiency in the %70 range or less.

    Quote Originally Posted by frags View Post
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371056

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031


    On another note, given the 2 listed PSU above, which would you choose
    Neither as neither are worthwhile. The EA Platinum is based on the FSP Aurum platform which is rather weak and sloppy built, while the Neo ECO is based on the old SeaSonic M12/S12 II design which was good in it's day but it's worth it at this time and date. And it also comes with Su'scon caps which are crap.

    Right now, I wouldn't suggest anything other than the Rosewill Fortress units for the 450-750W range. They're based on a solid, well built platform that returns in Platinum efficiency. They perform very well and are very competitively priced.

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    NeoECO only comes with a Single Su'scon, the rest are Teapo.

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