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|Review: OCZ ZT Series 650W Power Supply|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2012 03:51|
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This edition of Bobnova Reviews a PSU will focus on a rather more mainstream unit than some of the others. It puts out "only" 650w and has some very nice features such as fully modular cables. It looks pretty cool, too!
Power Supply Testing Methodology
Unlike most computer parts, power supplies require rather specialized equipment to test correctly. Sure, you can plug it into a computer system and see if it can run a 980x and a couple GTX580s, but that doesn’t tell you how much power the PSU is putting out, nor what that output looks like. Worse, if the unit is defective or simply underbuilt/overrated the unit can fail catastrophically and take your computer along with it!
Purpose built loads and the testing units to run them cost thousands of dollars. They’re easy to use and very accurate and definitely the ideal way to test power supplies, but also entirely too expensive for me to afford. Instead I have built my own! It’s entirely mechanical and not automated in the slightest, but it can put a serious load on a PSU and will survive the PSU fails in the process.
For more on this, read on!