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Codegen 350watt PSU Review Posted by Mike @ 2:40 A.M. on 10/19/02





Background

Special thanks sent out to Plain Label PC for supplying me with this PSU. Be sure to give them a visit at http://www.plainlabelpc.com.

We have all heard about how important a computer's power supply is. Without enough power, the system will become unstable, causing it to crash. Whether it crash at that crucial moment in your favorite game (cough cough...Unreal Tournament 2003), or right as you are about to save your 5 page English paper. Edit-- Oh man, did that sentence come back to haunt me...

With all these high end graphics cards, LED fans, Cold Cathodes, EL cable, etc. people need a power supply that will provide power to all those plus some. Until Plain Label PC sent me this PSU, I was using a generic 300 watt PSU (my GF4 is supposed to have at least 350). I looked into buying a new one, and was discouraged by the high prices. I didn't want to get another generic, and even those prices were a little high at places. Since I really wasn't having too many problems I just forgot about it. Sure my voltages were never at what they should have been, but I just ignored it.

Luckily for me, a few months later Plain Label PC was nice enough to send me a new 350 watt power supply to review. Being that it was not a brand name, I figured this would be a great opportunity for me to really see how good generic power supplies are. After all, there is a difference of around $50 between brand name and generic. This particular PSU clocks in at only $29.

To be more precise, it is a Codegen 350 watt Power supply. I couldn't find many specs on it, but here's what I did get:

DC LINE
AMPS
+ 3.3V
20A
+ 5V
30A
+ 12V
12A

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