Powercool 750W 80+ ATX Power Supply @ Maplin - £29.99
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Powercool 750W 80+ ATX Power Supply @ Maplin - £29.99

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Found 3rd Aug 2012
Most places e.g. Amazon, Overclockers, Ebuyer do this for about £45-50, so it seems to be a very good deal for the price.

I couldn't find stock near where I live, but I was able to order it online.

Note: If you can get the order cost to £30 or more, you can use voucher code discount3 to get £3 off. It doesn't let you use it just for the PSU, though; I suppose £29.99 is less than £30... Since this was for my HTPC, I added a small wireless keyboard that was in the clearance section for £20 and then used the coupon code.

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Don't touch these with a bargepole!

Spend the extra and buy something that won't blow up and take half your system with it.

I speak from experience.

750W in a HTPC oO

just no

Many 'branded' PSUs are also made in China by children, a name doesn't promise quality. I worked in a PC repair shop for 2 years, and found that with most cheap ones they die in the first week or they are fine for years. Saying that I've got one of the £350 (alleged RRP) motherboards on its way and I think I'll go for something a little higher quality as I can't replace the mobo for the price I paid. Or I may just run a mid range one in my other rig for a week and see how it gets on.

yep, not worth to risk your machine if you aiming for top spec monster. If You got desktop just for a daily use, then its fine, but in that case you will not need 750W. So for me is double no no.

Original Poster

I don't need 750W, but I do need something quieter to put in my Zoostorm. That's why I'm buying it. I'm not intending to ramp up the power. I thought the 80+ certification would mean it would be a pretty good PSU for the money. I could be wrong, of course...

the 80+ just means its efficient, not necessarily well made. Like I said though, a name doesn't ensure that either. Certainly in the past coolermaster, antec, corsair etc. have sold other manufacturers PSUs as their own.

EDIT: Bit out of date, but this shows you for example that both OCZ and Powercooler have PSUs built for them by the same companies: tomshardware.com/rev…tml
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 3rd Aug 2012

There's no mention of powercool on the 80 plus listing.

Quote 'When a company resells an OEM power supply under a new name it must be certified under the new name and company, even if the OEM supply is certified' end of quote.

Original Poster

@tek-monkey, your motherboard costs more than my entire PC! If I was buying a £350 motherboard then I would want to pay extra for a top-notch power supply as well.

This is going into a Zoostorm Pentium 840 PC that I got for about £230. The machine itself is good for my purposes (not games on this one) but the PSU is as noisy as they come. I knew this would be the case and it would have to be replaced with a quieter one.

@pd040153, is it not legally 80+ certified then? They advertise it as being 80+. If it looks dodgy, I may cancel the order and go for something else.

davtom

@tek-monkey, your motherboard costs more than my entire PC! If I was … @tek-monkey, your motherboard costs more than my entire PC! If I was buying a £350 motherboard then I would want to pay extra for a top-notch power supply as well.



I didn't actually pay that, there was a deal on here last week. Not that I have mine yet, the others on that thread do though!

I've got the Corsair HX650. It's a solid PSU but it's a bit pricey. If you want something good for quite less I'd go with the Corsair builder series they're good for budget builds.

Done a little bit of research on this and it seems a reasonably good unit. Well worth £30 and reviews are favourable. I'm looking to build a new machine for gaming and everyday tasks but neither a budget nor a high end machine, just something in the middle.

To me it seems worth a punt although I haven't decided if I will personally go for this or do more research and plump for something else.

So when all is said and done thanks for posting OP - this is a deals site and this is indeed a good deal.

Heat applied.

Good price compared to other but the product makes no sense to me.

If you need something powerful then you'd be a fool to get this. There's no way it'll power a 750w dual gpu set up.
For £30 you might as well get a 500w psu by Antec, OCZ or Coolermaster.
Edited by: "kristmace" 6th Aug 2012

kristmace

If you need something powerful then you'd be a fool to get this. There's … If you need something powerful then you'd be a fool to get this. There's no way it'll power a 750w dual gpi set up.For £30 you might as well get a 500w psu by Antec, OCZ or Coolermaster.



None of whom actually manufacture a single PSU themselves, but rebrand other peoples just like powercool do. This unit is still over £50 elsewhere, and from what I can see will do the job fine as long as you don't overload it. Seriously, nobody runs a rig needing 750w on a 750w PSU.

If you prefer it though you can get a coolermaster 500w from here for the same sort of price. Made by a company called seventeam, who also manufacture for high end brands like I-Star, MassCool and NesteQ.

Phila4

Done a little bit of research on this and it seems a reasonably good … Done a little bit of research on this and it seems a reasonably good unit. Well worth £30 and reviews are favourable. I'm looking to build a new machine for gaming and everyday tasks but neither a budget nor a high end machine, just something in the middle.



Can you share a link? I've never been able to find a professional review on these powercool PSUs (or even any manufacturer info), and for something like this user reviews are generally worse than useless ("It worked fine on my 150W system, it must be a brilliant PSU!")

But I'd agree with others, if you're building a cheap PC it's low power and you'll be better off with a good quality 300W PSU at the same price and if you do need 650W+ you've already spent £1000+ on the PC you don't want to risk that cash on a PSU that's untested to make sure it delivers within spec and fails gracefully for the sake of saving £40-50.

I bought one of these power supplies 3 years back from ebuyer, notably an 850w however, to power my gaming pc, dual GPUs and all that crap and it has always run flawlessly, runs very cool and gives me no problems whatsoever, there is also an abundance of connections available also, it also didn't kill my motherboard like my original hiper psu did due to the 140w power draw of my phenom 9950

lperra

I bought one of these power supplies 3 years back from ebuyer, notably an … I bought one of these power supplies 3 years back from ebuyer, notably an 850w however, to power my gaming pc, dual GPUs and all that crap and it has always run flawlessly, runs very cool and gives me no problems whatsoever, there is also an abundance of connections available also, it also didn't kill my motherboard like my original hiper psu did due to the 140w power draw of my phenom 9950



Please post your full system specs or power draw (even at wall would do) as unless you're running something that could reasonably come close to the claimed power output of that PSU (e.g. Two GTX 295s) the review isn't all that helpful in determining whether this is good value.

It's like saying a graphics card is brilliant and will run everything you throw at it when you've only tried it doing basic tasks like moving windows around and playing videos. Unless you've actually tested it to it's full capacity we don't know whether it's £30 worth of card or £300 worth of card and the same goes for power supplies.

Original Poster

I decided in the end to stick with my decision and try out this power supply. I should have it on Monday.

Thanks especially go to tek-monkey who certainly seems to know what he's talking about. Any product from any brand can have problems, and there is a chance you take with any electronics. Perhaps I could have made a better decision having conducted more research, but then again, perhaps not. I have read up on power supplies for hours, and at some point one has to draw a stick in the sand.

I will report back here if I get problems within a week or so. Otherwise, it could be taken that I am happy with the product.

Thanks all for your comments!

Let us know how you get on. Would be interested in seeing the rated outputs on the sticker, from what I can gather this has 2 12v rails at 32a but they may be joined inside to save cost (so 1x 64a rail) instead.

Original Poster

Seems to be 2 12V rails. Sticker says the following:

230V/5A/50Hz

+3.3V max 24A
+5V max 26A
+12V(1) max 24A
+12V(2) max 24A
-12V max 0.5A
+5V standby max 3.0A

750W is of course the peak output listed on the sticker. It doesn't show what sort of continuous output you would want to drive with it.

This PSU is quite a bit deeper than the PSU in the Zoostorm and whereas it looked like it would have fitted in that smaller case, it would have been tight and I would have had to remove at least the DVD drive to get it in and then reinsert it after, so I took the 450W out of my bigger desktop PC and replaced it with this, and used the 450W to replace the 300W Zoostorm one. I would not recommend this PSU as a replacement for a Zoostorm cheapie because of the space issue, although if you're prepared to do the work then it would I think do the job for you.

I haven't put this PSU through its paces yet. To be honest I'm not likely to do so really, because I only have an AMD 6770 video card in this PC which takes a 6-pin PCIe cable; this PSU seems to be capable of driving two 8-pin PCIe's for a crossfire configuration, but my needs go nowhere near that! The PC is a Core i3-2120 which I think is rated at 65W and is multiplier-locked so you can't overclock it, and I think I went for a motherboard with a Z68 chipset. There is one DVD drive, one hard drive and 8GB of RAM in it.

One thing good about this PSU is it had an 8-pin secondary motherboard cable. The 450W had a 4-pin, and the motherboard really wanted an 8-pin. Although the 450W PSU drove the machine fine with no problems for months, I feel somewhat happier using an 8-pin cable and splitting the current up. The Zoostorm motherboard takes a 4-pin.

This 750W PSU seems to be quieter, and run cooler, than the 450W I had in it. The 450W in the Zoostorm is quieter than the original 300W, probably because the 300W had a small fan. It will do. The 450W was not 80+ certified. (I know there's a question as to whether 80+ is legitimate on this PSU, but it does have the labelling.)

Maplin used Fedex next working day delivery for me on this order, which was nice, as I had not paid any extra for rapid delivery!

Thanks for the info, you tried it out yet?

Original Poster

Yes, it's working fine in my main PC. It's nice and quiet and runs cool. I have only run it for a few hours yet, though, and not with games yet.

Original Poster

Still running fine after a few gaming sessions. I can now hear a whine changing pitch as I do CPU-intensive stuff; I think it's coming from the CPU fan. I couldn't hear that before. So overall, I think it is quiet.

I'd be surprised if I'm taking 200W out of it, though, with my system!

Anyone know if I can use this PSU just for power for say a 4 bay esata backplane which required two molex and/or esata power connectors?

Basically want to use the PSU just for external power source to run some drives not connected to a PC. I know there a few youtube videos about shorting the GREEN and BLACK ground cable to enable the PSU to run on ATX PSU's, does anyone know if this can be done to this PSU, or does anyone recommend a 80+ efficent ATX PSU I can do this?

Appreciate any help with this, as all the external 240v to 12v/5v Molex adapter are rubbish and don't draw enough power to power more than say 1 or 2 drives, have already tried Link no good though.

Edited by: "eilz" 16th Aug 2012

I'v had one of these for about 2 yrs, in two different systems and had no problems, the newer system I had it in had amd fx 6350 overclokd t 3.5ghz, Radeon hd 7970 overclocked to 1100mhz 4x2gb corsair xms3 1600mhz ram, Gigabyte 990xa-ud3 mobo and 5 x coolermaster jetflo 120 blue led Fans + 1 low budget 120mm case fan with a blue led, dont know exactly how much power thats was all using but worked perfectly fine
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