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  Forum Index - Reviews - Raidmax RX 850-SS
Supplier: Raidmax
Price: $124.99Reviewed: Oct 9, 2008

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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
Post Subject: Raidmax RX 850-SS
Posted on: Oct 9, 2008

I've built a lot of high end machines lately, and one thing that is important is to have good clean voltage, and keep it stable. Quality is better than quantity in most cases, but in high end rigs with lots of storage drives or a few video cards in SLI or CrossFire mode, you need lots of power, and good quality. To meet these requirements, I bring you the RX 850-SS 850w PSU by RaidMax.



First things you'll notice about this PSU is that its not jet black or blinding chrome. This PSU has a very nice looking black steel look to it that just looks amazing. The finish is flawless, and should be scratch resilient. I haven't seen a PSU done like this, and it makes me wonder why, because it looks so good!



One of the RX 850-SS best features, one that is more and more common now, is that the cables are all modular, except the ATX 2.2 power and the 12v 4/8-pin plug This PSU is ready to rock the newest video cards too, with 8-pin PCI-E plugs, and support for 6-pin PCI-E video cards. The PCI-E plugs are a bright transparent green, and are UV reactive. All the cables are sleeved, and have plenty of connectors.

Connectors:
1x ATX 20+4 motherboard connector
1x 4-pin/8-pin CPU power connector
6x SATA connectors
6x 4-pin MOLEX connectors
2x 4-pin floppy connectors
2x 6pin/8-pin PCI-E video card connectors



Installation of the RX 850-SS is rather standard; four screws and it's in. The ports are straightforward, with the PCI-E ports being blue, to match the color of the PCI-E cables, while the SATA cables plug into two black 6-pin connectors on the back of the PSU, next to the blue PCI-E plugs. I point this out because if you aren't working in good light, it's possible to accidentally plug the SATA connector cable into a PCI-E port. However, if you're using both in your setup, it's easy to notice. The Molex cables have four 4-pin connectors that are unmistakable for anything else, and fit nicely. These cables are well made, and look fantastic. All the connectors are black except the PCI-E connectors.



The cooling for this PSU is all done by a wonderful 120mm clear framed, blue LED lit fan. This shines incredibly bright, and looks great. Its totally silent, too, I can't tell it's there.




This is a solid PSU. It looks great, it operates wonderfully, it's silent, and the modular sleeved cables are wonderful.

I would like to thank RaidMax for allowing me to review the RX 850-SS, and I look forward to reviewing more of their products in the future.


RaidMax

If there is any questions or comments, feel free to ask.



FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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doghills
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Joined: Jun 22, 2007
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Oct 9, 2008


Just wondering what does the voltage look like on this PSU? How stable is it? I think most motherboards let you use speedfan to monitor voltages. The most accurate way is to measure with a multi-meter.


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Gh0sTly
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Oct 9, 2008


I will get that info updated in the review, likely sometime tonight. I took the installed picture in my wife's PC, and promptly removed it to put her Ultra back in.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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Gh0sTly
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Oct 13, 2008


It looks like SpeedFan doesnt support my motherboard too well. I'll get the voltages from my bios.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Oct 16, 2008


Here are the voltages I got from my BIOS(ASUS P5E/Intel Q6600)

Vcore: 1.320v
3,3v : 3,232v
5v : 5.016v
12v : 12.208v

These seem rather tight and did not fluctuate whatsoever.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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putittogether
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Posted on: Oct 26, 2008


I am very concerned about this power supply. I got it with a 790i FTW motherboard, that is VERY sensitive to power fluctuations. And reports are overwhelming that this unit is indeed unstable.

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doghills
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Posted on: Oct 26, 2008


Just wondering how far are the deviations. If it is just fluctuating between say 11.9 and 11.95 volts then its really not a problem. How big are the fluctuations?

Also you may just have a lemon.


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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
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Posted on: Oct 26, 2008


there are no fluctuations on my unit, and I've been using it since I wrote the review. Its a great PSU. Sounds like yours is a lemon, contact who you purchased it through, and get it replaced.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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putittogether
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Posted on: Nov 1, 2008


Power Supply blew up today. Pooped and crackle and no more. Sending back to New Egg. Worked for 1 week.

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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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Posted on: Nov 1, 2008


Yeah. I would say you got a bad one, or it was damaged in transit. Ive been using mine for about a month. No issues whatsoever. Don't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
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putittogether
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Posted on: Nov 1, 2008


Ok, I am giving it another shot. New Egg will send out another. Should have it next week. I do love the finish on the PS case, very nice, more should have that type of finish.

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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
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Posted on: Nov 1, 2008


Yeah, I love the finish on it as well. Its a wonderful PSU, it really is. I think you just got a lemon. It happens. Its a wonderful black chrome. I like it so much, I would get my bumpers on my 73 Beetle done like that.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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