|A member of the Funky Media Group|
|Review: Cougar CMX 700w Power Supply|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Monday, 17 October 2011 09:59|
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Verdict and Conclusion
In short, this is a good PSU.
Being the only company involved in this PSU HEC had to step up and really get down to business, and they did a good job of it. It's not a perfect PSU, but nature likes perfection even less then it likes a vacuum, which makes building a perfect PSU rather difficult.
All in all I like the unit and would not hesitate to use it in my own computer.
The HEC Cougar CMX 700w has an MSRP of 92 euros (109.90 including the 19% tax over there), which is about $128. Newegg has it for $129 with free shipping, this places it in the same price range as most other modular 80+ bronze 700-750w PSUs. Neither cheap, nor expensive, it's a solid value.
I was very impressed with the quiet fan, as well as the generally overbuilt nature of the internals and the good soldering job.
The multi-rail claims on a single rail unit are something that annoys me.
It would be nice if the box would clarify that not all the capacitors are Japanese. While I think the concept that all Japanese capacitors are better than all other capacitors is silly at best, if you're going to make claims you need to back 'em up.
To summarize, this unit has PROS:
Nothing being perfect, there are also CONS:
All told I would say that this is a good PSU, I'll give it a rating of 8.5/10, it loses points for dubious box claims, and a touch for the 5v line dropping under spec.