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Old 03-23-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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"The AK6 is the latest power supply series from 3R System, offered in two wattages, 500 W and 600 W, with (models ended with "M") or without a modular cabling system. They come with the 80 Plus Bronze ..."

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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A lot of people could live with only three SATA power connectors (SSD boot, HDD data, and an optical drive), but I doubt very much whether having them all on one cable will allow them to reach where they need to go.
Looks like this one is limited to small cases, perhaps even those few mini-ITX able to take a full sized PSU (like the Lian Li PC-Q08).
Maybe that doesn't cost it the Silver, but it sure needs a great big caveat stamped on it...
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You gave it a silver award with AsiaX caps all over the secondary sode? They are made by the dreaded Fuhjyyu, so you'd be lucky if it lasted 4 years before the ripple goes through the roof and fries your PC.
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This unit is targeted to budget PCs, so it is a good option if you think the market it is targeted to.
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I don't mean to start an arguement here, but considering that there are other affordable units out there with Chemi-con caps, I'd avoid it like the plague. We've tried using cheap-ish units with Fuhjyyu/AsiaX caps (Namely, lower-end Antec units) at work and it came back to bite big time - every single one died within 3 years, and a few blew up the motherboards.
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Thanks for posting your opinions, we always like to hear constructive crticisms in order to improve our reviews.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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A lot of people could live with only three SATA power connectors... but I doubt very much whether having them all on one cable will allow them to reach where they need to go.
I second that opinion!

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This unit is targeted to budget PCs, so it is a good option if you think the market it is targeted to.
Budget PCs are often bought at long intervals. Here the capacity quality is crucial!
Higher end users, on the other hand, are more likely to replace their PSU within three years, and so don't really need the high end capacitors...
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How much did they pay you to give a unit with Fuhjyyu capacitors an award?
Sure, it might be fine now, but down the road it will fail.
Just because it's a "budget" unit doesn't mean it should have the worst components available.
You need to look at the bigger picture when rating power supplies like this, rather than just how good they work in the moment.
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Agreed. Build quality should be taken into consideration. JonnyGuru and myself both knock points off for things like low quality caps, soldering, and loose screws.

Again, I don't mean to be argumentative here, but from first hand experience, I've found that these things can and do cause problems.
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