I recently got a new Thermaltake Smart 80+ 500W for my PC, since my old PSU was an old Raidmax from an ancient prebuilt that I didn't want to risk failing on me, and because I had a $10 off coupon that was expiring soon. I did not have a lot to spend on a new PSU at the time so I got the cheapest one that seemed good, the aforementioned Thermaltake, and it seems to meet the wattage requirements of my build (my previous PSU was also 500W, and it seemed to work fine). I am starting to wonder though if it was worth more consideration. The "PSU Tier List 4.0" on the LTT forums (can't post links sorry) ranks it at "Tier D • Recommended only for very cheap, iGPU systems". Should I return it and get a better PSU, or is it good enough for my system? Here are my specs:
I don't do much gaming or rendering, though I do compile software fairly often.
Given the specs, I think it's a good unit for your specifications. I couldn't find information on who the unit was produced by, or what design it was based on, but your requirements with your hardware are very low. Single 12V rail, 35A. I don't think you'll have any problems with this PSU.
500W is more than sufficient for those specifications.
@TSMikeW Is it a good PSU though? Or is wattage most of what matters when looking at if a given PSU is good for a system (as long as it isn't absolute garbage ofc)?
I don't know the full model to see who the power supply was really made by. However it's a 500W unit, you're probably max loading it at 50%. I don't think you're going to have any problems.
@TSMikeW It appears its part number is PS-SPD-0500NPCWUS-1. I have been running it in my system for a few days and it seems to work fine. It has a 5 year warranty, so if it fails I can at least fall back on that. I have heard though that a PSU failing can take other parts with it, which I don't think is covered by warranty. Is it possible this might happen, or does just the PSU fail in most cases?
Okay, thank you for your help!
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