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Enermax EG365P-VE(FCA) Power Supply Review
review by David, 16 August 2002

Introduction

Power supplies 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.

Recently, I 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.

Installing Win2K 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.

About Enermax

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.

 

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