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PSU certifications and efficiency

Power Supply Unit – Efficiency and certification

PSU 80 PLUS certificationBekijk in het NederlandsAs said before, power supply units tend to lose some of its power to heat production. This results in less power put to good use compared to the power that is drawn from your socket. PSU certifications show you just how well your PSU should perform.

Power Supply Unit efficiency

There are several different kinds of certifications for PSU’s. The normal 80 PLUS certification means that a certain PSU efficiently uses 80% of the power consumed at 20% load, 50% load and 100% load. Every PSU loses power to heat and 80% efficiency is actually pretty good. There are of course power supplies that go over the 80% and those gain other certificates. In all there are 6 kinds of 80 PLUS PSU certifications to be had, where each they all indicate a certain degree of efficiency of the power supply unit.

 

PSU 80 PLUS Certificates

PSU Certification standards

As you can see it goes up all the way to over 90% efficiency, which is pretty incredible, but is not that much of a necessity for the average consumer. Anything with an 80 PLUS certification or 80 PLUS bronze should do more than well for your computer and basically tells you that you are buying a decent PSU.

Besides efficiency there are of course more things to look at when buying a power supply unit. One of things is a modular design.

Read more on modular designs and getting the right PSU for your computer!

Modular power supply units

Power Supply Unit – Modular PSU’s

Modular PSUBekijk in het NederlandsSo we have discussed some brands to avoid and some brands to definitely consider when buying a power supply unit as well as some certifications modern PSU’s should have, but besides that is of course also something as usability. A very important factor for any PSU is that it should have all the connections your computer needs. Every basic PSU has connectors for your motherboard, a harddisk and an optical drive, but if you are using a lot of different expansion slots – like an advanced graphics card – you better make sure it has the connections needed for that card. Modular Power Supply Units can help you there.

What are Modular Power Supply Units?

With standard PSU’s all cables are attached to the unit at all times. If you are not using some of those cables they are just hanging there, cluttering your case and reducing your airflow. For basic users this is not a big problem, but for the more advanced users this can be very annoying. Another annoyance can be upgrading. When you buy new components and find out that your PSU does not have any free power cables for that specific component anymore, you can basically buy a new power supply unit. There is however a solution for these problems; Modular Power supply units.

Modular Power Supply UnitModular PSU’s only feature the basic elements permanently, like a cord for your motherboard. The rest of the wires are optional and can be freely switched in and out. This removes unnecessary cables in your computer case, and allows you to switch cables when your need for connections changes. These modular PSU’s usually are bit higher prices, but that small amount of extra cost can sure make a big difference.

Getting a modular PSU or a regular power supply unit is something to keep in mind when buying a new PSU for your computer.

To get an overview of what to consider when buying a new power supply unit I took the liberty of writing a quick summary on the different aspects of buying a PSU – read on to find out more.

Help buying a new power supply unit

Power Supply Unit – Buying a new PSU overview

What to look for in a PSUBekijk in het NederlandsWhen you are buying a new PSU we have seen several things you should keep in mind. Below is a quick overview of what to look for in a power supply unit.

Computer power consumption

The first thing you should look at is the amount of power your computer will be consuming, and attune your power supply unit to that number. To find out the power needed you can look at each individual component and find out how much power they consume, or use one of the several online tools to get a good estimate. Asking an expert is of course usually best, especially if you are pretty new at this. Although more power ensures your computer of the needed power, it is unwise to go too far above your needs, since this will cost you more money when  buying the PSU, as well as in the electric bill in the end. I have a pretty high end system with a hexa-core processor and a very decent graphics card, several hard disks and enough memory to make it all run smoothly and I am only using a 550 Watt power supply unit.

You can read more on PSU efficiency and minimizing power consumption here

PSU brands

The second thing to keep in mind when buying a new computer power supply unit is the brand you are buying. There are several brands you should avoid. On the flipside: there are a lot of brands known for their quality products and long lasting PSU’s. Here is an overview of quality power supply unit brands.

Modular Power Supply Unit

The third thing to keep in mind is wether you have or need all the connections on a PSU. Make sure you can connect all your components using the proper cables and connectors, and minimize the amount of cables not used. For an optimal effect you may consider buying a modular PSU.

Besides all this, you can also choose for a power supply unit with built in lights to create certain effects in your computer case, but this of course totally optional.

I hope this information was helpful for those about to buy a PSU and you will make the right choice for your computer’s power supply unit.

Any questions or comments? Drop them in the comments sections below and I will get back to you as soon as possible! Enjoy!

The new Myspace is comming

Social Media – The new Myspace is coming!

The new Myspace is comming!Bekijk in het NederlandsMyspace, the once so popular social media website that plummeted into nothingness after several changes has suddenly sprung back to life! From the burnt remains of the old website suddenly an entirely new and fresh social platform pops up. What has it in store for us?

The new Myspace

On new.myspace.com a video is shown which quickly covers the new layout of the new Myspace. In this very well produced video we see a website that resembles nothing like the old Myspace. An enourmous overhaul has produced a flashy, well designed and very smooth looking social platform where not only statuses are shared, but pictures, music and much more. What is so different about this? It looks incredible! It looks like on big integrated piece of design and technology.

It seems you will be able to login to the new Myspace using your existing Twitter and Facebook accounts, linking already existing content to not have the hassle of filling up your new account with old information yet again. In addition to that, it seems that music and video play a key role in the new Myspace, where you can create mixes and playlists and easily share this with your contacts. The playlists can be accompanied by pictures showing whatever you feel with that particular piece of music.

Video can be used as profile backgrounds and everything seems to happen on the fly. I for one cant wait to get my hands on the new Myspace, and I am not alone in this; Facebook stock has plummeted since the new Myspace was announced!

The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo.