RAIDMAX LP-6100E 500W Power Supply Review
power supply is actually more difficult than most people would
think. With the growing demands of modern computers, it would be a huge
mistake for users to simply pick up the cheapest generic unit they can find.
Do that and you'll definitely be sorry when the PSU blows or your system
fails due to inadequate or inconsistent power.
You've probably heard me sing the
same tune many times, but I still get a ton of people writing me with their
horror stories. In fact we conducted a survey earlier in the year and power
supply-related problems were the biggest issue! Check it out yourself in our Beginners Guides: Most Common Ways to Kill a PC. It's a
fun read and I hope
you learn a thing or two at the same time.
PCStats will be checking out the RAIDMAX LP6100E 500W power supply.
Does a quality PSU lie under the "nifty" black aluminum casing? According to the specs
on the sticker, the LP6100E should be able to handle the power needs
of even the most demanding computer on the market, but I think Raidmax is wearing
rose coloured glasses on that front.
Raidmax LP6100E 500W power supply is ATX 1.2 compliant, and doesn't come
with anything other than a power cord. Given the number
of Serial ATA drives on the market, it is surprising to see that
RAIDMAX doesn't at least include a couple molex-to-Serial ATA adaptors. The unit retails for about $60 CDN ($49 US), which is rather inexpensive for a true
of two extruded aluminum sections, the main body of the power supply looks
great, but the end caps seem to remind me of cheap OEM heatsinks, being rough
and poorly finished. The power supply is anodized black, and uses
two transparent 80mm fans arranged axially in an intake and exhaust
configuration. Oddly, the intake fan sits on the outside of the case, perhaps hinting at
a savings in material for the manufacturer.
Both fans have nice wire grills
protecting them from errant wires or fingers. Both fans draw 0.10A and are made
by an unknown manufacturer called Yate Loon. Quality and lifespan are
anyone's guess, but the fans were pretty quiet in operation.