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Old 12-10-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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After findings about the capacitors in the Corsair V2 Builder, and in some OCZ units, it seems to me that at least one notch ought to be taken off any award if the PSU doesn't have all-Japanese capacitors. If "Golden" is the best, not having Japanese caps isn't it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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Onus,

We have to always keep in mind the price of the unit. In this case, the unit has a suggested price of only USD 80, which I think it is an outstanding price for what it has to offer, and reflects the non-Japanese caps it uses.

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Old 12-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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I'm with Onus on this one, after the number of times I've seen PCs get destroyed because of failed PSU caps. It costs the manufacturer maybe an extra $2 or $3 to use Jap caps. I'd much rather pay for that bit extra than have to recap it in a few years, especially when bad caps will send the ripple through the roof and can fry attached hardware.

FWIW, I always knock stuff back two awards for Teapo, regardless of the price.

The voltage regulation could probably use some tweaking too

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I disagree...

PSUs with Teapo SC series caps should pass as medium-quality units, especially at $80.

Excellent review Gabe.
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I disagree...

PSUs with Teapo SC series caps should pass as medium-quality units, especially at $80.

Excellent review Gabe.
I'm not saying it shouldn't pass, nor even not get an award, just that it shouldn't be Golden. It's not in the same league with Seasonic now, is it?
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I've been running a Delta manufactured Antec with Teapo caps for 4 years in extreme conditions. No problems whatsoever.
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I've never seen Delta use Teapo. Ever.

In any case, though, Delta are the exception. I often see them use LTEC and Capxon, and they hold up just fine, while they fail within 2 or 3 years for everyone else.
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After findings about the capacitors in the Corsair V2 Builder, and in some OCZ units, it seems to me that at least one notch ought to be taken off any award if the PSU doesn't have all-Japanese capacitors. If "Golden" is the best, not having Japanese caps isn't it.
We have been through this a few times over the years and Gabriel awards more on value than quality. I think it has a lot to do with his original audience.
As I understand they have fewer choices and are way over charged for what is offered.


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In any case, though, Delta are the exception. I often see them use LTEC and Capxon, and they hold up just fine, while they fail within 2 or 3 years for everyone else.
We all know heat kills caps. Better design and placement most probably explains this. Just like primary caps have lesser quality specs than secondary caps. Some even think 85C is good enough for primary caps.
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I've never seen Delta use Teapo. Ever.

In any case, though, Delta are the exception. I often see them use LTEC and Capxon, and they hold up just fine, while they fail within 2 or 3 years for everyone else.
Sorry, meant to say Samxon. Never had a problem. The Samxon's are fine and that is what is on my "work" system". My 2 "fun" systems have PSU's with Nippon Chemicon and Teapo caps. No problems there - either.

I'll certainly defer to Gabriel on this, but from what I have observed, most PSU failures are NOT due to cap fails.
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