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Old 12th May 2006, 09:29   #1
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Mushkin Enhanced 650W Power Supply Review

Mushkin Memory has been a favorite with Performance PC end-users since 1994. We interviewed the Denver based company in our article Return of the MushKing almost a year ago, followed by Lord of the RAM, Return of the MushKing which covered their entire product line. Today Mushkin writes a new chapter in the PC-Enthusiast saga bringing to market their first ever Enhanced Power 650W Power Supply. This product would make Andre' Marie Ampere giddy.

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Old 12th May 2006, 14:53   #2
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Nice reivew, don't know how much I enjoy the fact the inside is Topower.
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Old 12th May 2006, 15:06   #3
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btw who makes the insides of Antec and Enermax PSUs?
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for Antec... you might find the answer in our article section...
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Old 12th May 2006, 21:18   #5
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and Enermax?
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I think Enermax may be Fortron but I don't know for sure. They maty even be made by Delta (#1)

I think it goes like this, the smaller OEM's like FSP (10th) and Topwer (3rd) build some high quality units because they care to, but one design will still be sold and licensed among as many as ten vendors. Example Tagan sold their desing to OCZ and th original PowerStream 420W was based on Tagan's TG-480 U22 it was rated conservativekly because OCZ wanted their ubnit to have Enthusiast type power. Thye then tried to go the other direction selling the PowerStream 470W based on the same design, but it wasn't as popular withu Enthusiasts whom know amperes are amperes now it's discontinued.

OCZ then released the 520 which was based on a Topower model fior Tagn which became the Tagan 530 U22, this same design wa then sold by OCZ as their 60W model all they had to do was spec to Topwer to incorperate a "split pane" design following EPS/ATX new guidelines. Of course 18A and 18A can't be taken from a 34A Rail but that's the one iof the tricks which split plane allows. This is where specs are so flexeible becayuse they are none that make any sense in the PSU world.

Even the safety specs don't make much sense. If you really want to be confused find an example of a sub-OEM supplier, check out ePower whom actually sells Tagan along with about 7-other designs all of whom bear similarities to other designs.

In my reaesrch of this artile found as many PSU reviews which had similair inarrds matchibng the XP-650 and then extrapolated from there. It's like the Finger Print analysis system, match a certain number of points such as PCB, Daughter Board, Layout, Caps, Transfomers, cables, even external finishes and then follow that lead. I read about 25-PSU reviews (looking at photos) and looked at many large OEM sites to find as much info as I could.

Anyway if your looking for an SLI unit check out the new AOpen AO700 it's made by FSP for them and is amazing, also Akasa makes some great models and the FSP Epsilon models. The Athena 900 made by Topower is a unit I've been trying to gt for months, it has a 48A single 12V Rail, perfect for overclocking anything especially Presler.
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We are a group of professional technical guys living in different countries –Germany, Japan and Silicon Valley (USA). All of us have had a couple of negative experience implementing Power Supply (PS) into systems. It`s really frustrated, time consuming and also risky! By a very valuable opportunity, 2001 in Taipei`s Computex show, all of us met each other at a dinner party, we occasionally sat together and discussed about the power supply problems.



Based on our professional background and know-how, we suddenly all decided to study more about power supply and conduct some testing for finding out the best one. After almost one year`s teamwork in dicussing, sharing and developing, our international combo team has designed out the ulsome power supplies for the PC as well as all the various systems. Consequently, all of us are become the founders of TAGAN. We are more than happy to share these products and experiences with you.
I'm not sure Tagan is a manufacturer.
http://www.tagan.com/pages/history/e_history.html

I know FSP is.
http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/english/...brand.asp?id=9

And, I know for fact that Aopen sub-contract some of their PSU to other manufacturer; I have seen them.

One thing for sure; manufacturers are not afraid, in fact proud to show you ISO certifications and their factories. If you don't see one in their website, they are not manufacturers.
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I agree as I said Tagan is made by Topower; however, this where it gets slightly complicated, Topwer is an OEM Tagen is a ODM, Topower doesn't necessarily "own" the design they build for Tagan (in reality they manufacture for ePower whom is your group of fellows combining all their PSU's one of which is Tagan.)

Isofar as ISO and other certifications, there are currently no guidelines I know of which has placed restrictions on their usage in advertising, for exnmaple ePower may advertise at their site all the PSU's they offer are manufctured under ISO such and such etc. giving the appearance they're the source manufacturer when in fact their not. So if one were to follow the rule anyone advertising cerifications are an actual Manufacturer may not under styand how many types of certifications there are and how their used.

I'm sure there are many actualy PSU "makers" with manufacturing facilities, since FSP Fortron Source Group is number 10 and their huge imagine the number of "designs" they produce for other companies.
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