Friday, March 23rd 2012

SAMA Introduces Premium 370W PSU

Chinese OEM SAMA unveiled a premium 370W PSU, with a name that roughly translates to "Black Charm." Despite its output capacity of 370W making it fit only for entry-level desktops, and office PCs, it has a premium design, and is cooled by a 120 mm Yate Loon fan. It uses a dual-12V rail design, with its contribution to the output table being around 340W. Although not 80 Plus certified, its makers claim over 80% efficiency. It is said to have sufficient cable connectivity for entry-level desktops, including 60 cm-long 24-pin ATX, and 70 cm-long 4+4 pin ATX/EPS connectors. The source did not give out pricing information.

Source: Expreview
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15 Comments on SAMA Introduces Premium 370W PSU

#1
neko77025
Premium ... 370w ??? .. that could not power a Ipad 3 ...
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#2
Fourstaff
You say that its only fit for entry level, but I can easily squeeze an i5 2300 and 7970 and still stay within 370w (95w+189w<370w). Such is the efficiency of newer "high end" parts.
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imitation
by: Fourstaff
You say that its only fit for entry level, but I can easily squeeze an i5 2300 and 7970 and still stay within 370w (95w 189w<370w).
+1 on that.

The PSU was looking good until the article said
by: btarunr
not 80 Plus certified
WTF? How can a "premium" PSU not be 80+ certified? While the certification might cost some money, it is trusted for its fair and realistic rating. When a PSU maufacturer claims "more than 80% efficiency" that usually means 81% at 50% load - it would not even pass the basic 80+.
The 80+ badge usually means that there was some thought put into PSU design. If they don't even manage 80+ basic, that means either something is seriously wrong with the PSU or they cheaped out on engineers or components.
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#4
Bambooz
As long as they don't say who the OEM is and there's no proper review with a load test (รก la jonnyguru or hardwaresecrets) -> not interested.

The fact that it doesn't even have an 80+ certification makes me think it's a polished turd, aka a good looking overrated junk PSU like the ones you get with a 30 bucks case. -> trashcan
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#5
Fourstaff
As long as someone does a good review on it and vouches for the quality, I am fine with no 80+ cert, it makes the product a bit more budget friendly.
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#6
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Since they didn't mention anything about the hardware in the unit (ie. superior components, better VR, etc.), what makes it "premium"? ... the box art?
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#7
Steevo
Their love and tender care makes it premium. That isn't white glue holding those chokes........
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#8
erixx
Yeah, I want sama :)
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Fourstaff
by: Kreij
Since they didn't mention anything about the hardware in the unit (ie. superior components, better VR, etc.), what makes it "premium"? ... the box art?
You don't really hear others mention about superior components inside either, most of the time you have to wait for someone to crack a unit open and tell you what the innards are. At least they tell you that the fans are Yate Loons :roll:
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Prima.Vera
by: Fourstaff
You say that its only fit for entry level, but I can easily squeeze an i5 2300 and 7970 and still stay within 370w (95w+189w<370w). Such is the efficiency of newer "high end" parts.
You forgot to add the mobo, RAM sticks, HDDs, optical drive, coolers/fans, any other pci/pci-ex card, etc.... :banghead:
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#11
Bambooz
What do you expect them to draw? another 150W? lol :laugh:

A 370W PSU can run a lot of quite powerful hardware. At least if it's a good PSU, which this one probably isn't.

I wouldn't put a HD7970 on there though, cause it's rated at 250W alone (not 189W).
A HD7870 (175W max.) or a HD7850 (130W max.) on the other hand would probably be just fine.. again.. if it's a good PSU and not an overrated junker unit.
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Fourstaff
by: Prima.Vera
You forgot to add the mobo, RAM sticks, HDDs, optical drive, coolers/fans, any other pci/pci-ex card, etc.... :banghead:
All the rest add up to less than 50w, if you are sticking to the "mid range bang for buck build".
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#13
Assimilator
Only ~91% of its power available on the 12V rails and no 80PLUS certification makes me pretty sure this is an older and/or group-regulated design.
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#15
Bambooz
Antec EA-430D

Delta Electronics OEM, 384W on 12V, 80+ Bronze. Much safer than the questionable "SAMA" crap.
And "slightly" cheaper than the one in the post above.
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