First post, by athlon-power
For my 1999 gaming build (the first one in my signature), I am using a 200w MiTAC PSU from 2003. I've posted about it before, questioning its quality- I got a general consensus that it was a good quality PSU. However, I still find myself anxious about it- it is ca. 2003, and I don't like using older PSUs as much. I worry that they are more prone to failing, and I worry that if this MiTAC PSU does fail, it will take everything with it.
I have a 350w PowerMan PSU ca. 2009, and it seems to be of good quality. I have heard good things about PSUs with self-contained input filter modules, from the initial post I made about the MiTAC a while back. The PowerMan PSU I have has one of those in it. I have disassembled both PSUs, and they both seem to be in good shape. I cleaned them out the best I could, so they have nominal airflow going through them, and are close to being like new on the interiors. Should I switch out that MiTAC PSU for the PowerMan PSU? The PowerMan PSU supports 20-pin power connectors, and is a fair bit newer than the MiTAC unit. I am always a person to be time-accurate on computer parts, but I work the exact opposite way with power supplies. If I could, I'd buy a brand-new EVGA 450W BT PSU or a similar unit for it, but I can't at the moment, and this is what I have on-hand.
The PowerMan PSU:
Not my photo, as my MiTAC PSU is missing its label, but here is the MiTAC PSU:
Both of them feel fairly heavy (and not artificial weight garbage either; I've taken them both apart and the weight is genuine to the parts), and seem to be of decent quality. The question here is whether or not the newer PowerMan PSU is a better idea than the MiTAC PSU (The MiTAC Actually has two self-contained input filter modules, and there is a fair bit more going on inside the MiTAC PSU than there is inside the PowerMan PSU.
Where am I?