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Cheap and average
on 10 May 2011
I repair and build PCs for a living and am always on the lookout for cheap but reliable PSUs. Most people don't want to pay the price for the high quality PSUs like OCZ and Corsair etc. But you do get what you pay for. Those expensive brands last for years, can deliver smooth power at the levels they are rated for. Cheaper units don't.
These CIT units are cheap. The large fans are quiet which is a step up from the super-cheap units but they are built in relatively low quality components. Personally if I use them then I over rate them. I.e. if I think I need 400W then I buy 600W because they don't operate well on the edge of their range.
I've had a few units fail in customer machines so I don't believe them to be particularly reliable. Compare this with a Corsair PSU where you get a 5 year warranty. They don't give those away if they think they're going to need to replace your unit any time soon.
So overall these are OK. They are worth the money you spend on them but certainly no more. You might be lucky and they last 5 years. You might not and they might blow in a few months taking your mobo with them. You make your choice and pay accordingly.