Date: March 14th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was purchased from NCIX.com
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Well, as an avid overclocker and tweaking nut, I have pretty well maxed out my system. I have installed numerous case fans, which the minimum blows a measly 50cfm and and the maximum blows 135cfm.
Here are my system specs to simplify things:
Abit KT7 (Voltage Modded)
AMD Thunderbird 1300 @ 1600
Voltages: CPU: 2.10volts : I/O 3.3volts
Windows XP Pro
Thermalright SK6 HSF
256megs Tonicom PC166 SDRAM
Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit Installed
Abit Siluro GF2MX overclocked (235/180)
Video Memory (Thermaltake Heatsinks installed)
Video Core: Sunon 7.3cfm highflow sunon
Maxtor DiamondMax 15.3gb 7200rpm HD
Creative 52X CDROM
LITEON 24X burner
Sound Blaster Audigy X-Gamer
D-link 538TX 10/100 NIC
Enermax 350W PSU
3COM Cable Modem
1- 120mm 135cfm YS-Tech Side Intake
1- 80mm 50cfm ADDA Front Intake
2- 92mm 60cfm ADDA Top Blowhole Exhausts
As you can see, my system is pretty well a huge power hog. Every component contained within the computer taps its own allotment of power from the power supply. In my case, I was using a generic 300watt cheapy power supply and it just wasn't cutting it at all. While overclocking, the 3.3volt, and 5volt terminals were varying by 0.4 volts which is just not acceptable when overclocking. This varience is enough to destabilize the voltage going to my processor and ram and cause it to give me the characteristic (BSOD). Visiting numerous website and looking at some in depth reviews, I came to the conclusion that an ENERMAX psu would be the most reliable power supply for my overclocking chores. So, I visited the cheapest place in Canada (in my opinion), for computer components, NCIX.com and picked it up for $45 USD.
Here is a link if you are interested in getting more indepth information: ENERMAX WEB SITE
After placing my order and waiting a mere 3 days, along entered a new power supply to my overclocking environment.
I am amazed that it got to my door seeing what it was shipped in, real careful packaging NCIX.com, thanks for the effort!! Must've had a woman on PMS packaging that day!!
Well, I tentitively opened the package expecting a load of bent steel and wire, but luckily everything came in perfect condition.