EG365P-VE(FCA) Power Supply Review
by David, 16 August 2002
are often the most overlooked component in your system, but is in
fact one of the most important of all your hardware. The quality
of the power supply used in your PC greatly affects the stability
of your computer, as well the longevity of the hardware being provided
juice by the power supply. To overclockers, who regularly push their
systems to the extreme, the quality of the power supply may mean
the difference between a stable overclock or random crashes, lockups
and general hardware failure.
had experienced a harddisk failure, where my entire boot partition
on my Maxtor 40GB 7200rpm HDD disappeared on me. A day or two before
that, I had noticed wierd whining sounds coming from my PC sounding
like the whine electronic components make when powering down. My
system had also been experiencing random lockups and crashes. Not
long after, my boot partition went kaput. I lost my entire mailbox,
my documents, as well as a number of reviews I had been working
on. Unfortunately, I had no backups, as I'd assumed my system was
stable, and didn't expect my harddisk to bork. @%&$)*_)(+_)_+))*(*^^%#@%&*
Serves me right
for not even making regular backups. Sigh. I ran a couple of diagnostic
tests on my Maxtor drive, all was well physically, the drive still
could be used after a fdisk and format. Phew.
Pro on my spare HDD in the meantime, I noticed my PSU voltage rails
were a little too low for comfort. At the time, I was running only
my CPU, motherboard, 10GB Quantum LCT and Pioneer DVDROM . My current
power supply was a Macron 400W generic job. The 12V rail was showing
12.3V, the 5V was showing 4.5V, and the 3.3V was showing 3.1V. The
12V line wasn't what caught my attention, but the 3.3V and 5V lines
were a little too low for comfort, considering the minimal load
from my currently installed hardware.
I decided a
PSU replacement was in order.
Making a trip
to Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, about 10 minutes walk from my workplace
in Bukit Bintang Walk, I dropped by Overclockers
Paradise in search for a more powerful PSU. I had my mind set
on getting myself an Enermax, as OP was the official distributor
for Enermax power supplies in Malaysia. I decided on getting the
350W version, as opposed to getting the 430W version, mainly due
to wallet concerns. The 350W cost RM 320 ( USD 84+ ), whereas the
430W version cost upwards of RM 400, I didn't dare to ask how much
exactly. No point in asking if one can't afford it anyway. Being
in the middle of the month, spare funds were low :( The 350W
Enermax I bought, to be more specific, is the EG365P-VE(FCA) model.
Enermax Technology Corporation
was founded in 1989 by a group of young professional, enthusiastic,
and high-tech oriented people in Taiwan. The Enermax founders left
high-profile positions from prestigious computer firms, bringing
over 10 years of professional experiences to our own firm.
The main products
Enermax carries are switching power supplies, PC cases, industrial
PC cases, pedestal and tower server cases, CPU coolers, second fans,
mobile racks and other peripherals.Enermax has its own design groups
and production line. For convenience and better service to our customers
worldwide, Enermax has established branch offices with warehouses
at Hamburg in Germany, Los Angeles and Fremont in the United States,
Saitama in Japan and Hong Kong in Mainland China, Paris in France.
Lets take a
closer look at the the contents of the box.
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