Brand & Reliability
Nobody wants a power supply that will die in a few months so it is important to know and understand the history of the manufacturer you select. With so much misinformation (or lack of information in some cases) out on the internet this could be an increasingly difficult task. A good way to obtain reviews of a particular power supply brand/model is to search on Google and see if other people have had problems with the unit. Such searches may lead to Power Supply Forums or review sites where you can obtain information on what other users have experienced. Take every human testimonial with a grain of salt as most people will only discuss their power supply when it fails. Still, however, it is important to look for warning signs and red-flags that may arise – especially problems that come up time and time again.
Another good way to look at the reliability of a unit is to look for certification from your processor company. AMD and Intel are careful to certify power supplies that will work correctly with their processors so these lists are a great reference for any Power Supply shopper. To obtain an AMD Approved or Intel Approved label a manufacturer must not only produce a unit that meets their output / quality requirements, but authorized units must also adhere to strict restrictions placed on unit design (such as airflow requirements, etc) and functionality minimums. The tradeoff here is that once a unit receives an AMD or Intel Certification, the item manufacturer can raise their asking price. So if you are willing to pay more for the assurance, this could be the best way to go. For more information please visit the AMD Power Supply Page or the Intel Power Supply Page.
A quick and easy way to obtain very useful brand/model information may also come directly from a reseller / retailer that you can trust. Contact the store you are shopping at and ask them about the number of DOA (Dead On Arrival) complaints they get and request information on returns, replacements, etc. The more you know about the company making your power supply, the better you will be able to determine what’s right for you. The purpose of this article isn’t to pump a certain brand or to influence you one way or the other, so personal preferences with manufacturers will be left for your own research.
Brand & Reliability