How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

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How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

Postposted on Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:08 pm

Newegg currently has it for only $15 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product

TR did a review a while back of the thermaltake purepower RX600W: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15208/10 and the conclusion was that it was "good value but loud". I don't know how similar the two are, but it's only $15!!

It will have to power a 8800gt/p5q/4gb/e8400/ one or two hard drives and 2 dvd drives. Should I buy a corsair cmpsu450W for $60 or should I take this black Friday thermaltake deal at newegg?
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Re: How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

Postposted on Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:17 pm

The Thermaltake unit outputs 220W combined for the 3.3V and 5V rails. Assuming the rest of the 500W goes to the 12V rail, you get 280/12 ~= 23A. The Corsair unit can do 33A with its 12V rail. So the Corsair unit is indeed better.

That said, if you are not overclocking much I think 23A should be ok. If you can deal with the noise, $15 may be a good try.
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Re: How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

Postposted on Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:47 pm

ok thx

another question: atm the corsair 650W and the corsair 750W both only cost $70 AR whereas the 520W is $100 AR and the 620W is $120 AR and the 550W is $78 AR

should I just get the 750W for $70 AR?

this is a different build btw, it has to power a gtx 260 core 216 and 3 hard drives and an overclocked q6600
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Re: How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

Postposted on Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:49 pm

All of those should be ok.

Keep in mind the 520W and 620W units feature modular cabling, hence the higher price.
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Re: How good is a thermaltake purepower 500W? Only $15?

Postposted on Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:57 pm

Ah ok thx didn't notice that
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