1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Antec PSUs Achieve Lowest Failure Rate: Study

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,869 (11.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,716
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has again achieved the lowest failure return rate for its power supply units (PSUs), based on the release of an independent comparative study on PSU failure return rates from Hardware.fr. The study, carried out by Hardware.fr, a leading French web site dedicated to providing the latest independent hardware information for consumers, placed Antec in the forefront of the competition for achieving the lowest overall failure rates of power supplies with consumers.

    The comparison study utilized a calculation base of the number of power supplies sold between October 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010. The study parameters required the PSUs to have been active for six months to one year, and the failure rates of the PSUs measured were taken from a major French e-tailer. The statistics “per brand” were based on a minimum of 500 PSUs sold and the statistics “per model” were based on a minimum of 100 PSUs sold. For statistics “per brand”, Antec earned a rating of 0.61 percent, securing its number one spot for having the lowest rate of power supply returns. The figure below displays the statistics “per brand” comparison results.

    • Antec 0.61%
    • CoolerMaster 1.10%
    • Fortron 1.29%
    • Thermaltake 1.39%
    • Corsair 1.68%
    • Enermax 2.47%
    • Seasonic 3.32%
    “Antec keeps the head from the previous rankings, again with a very low failure rate”, says Marc Prieur, editor of Hardware.fr.

    “Throughout its 25 year history, Antec has remained a consumer-centric company. For the third time a row, the results in this independent study underscore the reliability and value of Antec power supplies,” said Scott Richards, senior vice president, Antec. “We’re proud of this recognition because it is product related, not just a popularity vote. The results serve as a testament to our focus on quality. It is the only independent survey of its kind I know of anywhere in the world so it is relevant to consumers everywhere.”

    Additional information and access to the complete Hardware.fr study, is available here.
     
  2. [I.R.A]_FBi

    [I.R.A]_FBi New Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    7,664 (2.79/day)
    Thanks Received:
    540
    Location:
    c:\programs\kitteh.exe
    the corsair numbers at the sauce is suprising
     
  3. Inioch

    Inioch

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    567 (0.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    97
    Location:
    Finland
    Yes, especially the individual product rates:

    - 10.87%: Corsair TX 950W
    - 9.71%: Corsair HX 620W
    - 5.15%: Corsair HX 1000W

    What?

    Also Caviar Blacks didn't do too well and the memory list was also interesting.
     
  4. random

    random

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    3,043 (1.36/day)
    Thanks Received:
    686
    Good thing I went for a high end coolermaster PSU
     
  5. LittleLizard

    LittleLizard

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2008
    Messages:
    3,775 (1.72/day)
    Thanks Received:
    575
    Location:
    Latin America, Uruguay
    CMON, is in french. :banghead: Will look at it anyway
     
  6. assaulter_99

    assaulter_99

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,793 (0.99/day)
    Thanks Received:
    277
    I guess it helps being multilingual! :laugh: You can also translate the page, but what has been said has been nicely resumed here anyways.
     
  7. claylomax

    claylomax

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,612 (0.95/day)
    Thanks Received:
    261
    Location:
    London
  8. buggalugs

    buggalugs

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    Messages:
    954 (0.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    153
    Location:
    Australia
    There are tools to translate in an instant. Google toolbar has a translate function the works really well.
     
  9. cdawall where the hell are my stars

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    20,683 (6.78/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,984
    Location:
    some AF base
    i'm not really surprised i wish they had more PSU manuf....

    - Maxtor 1,04% (contre 1,73%)
    - Western Digital 1,45% (contre 0,99%)
    - Seagate 2,13% (contre 2,58%)
    - Samsung 2,47% (contre 1,93%)
    - Hitachi 3,39% (contre 0,92%)

    that one surprised me Maxtor a subsidiary of Seagate out scored Seagate
     
  10. Mistral

    Mistral

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    Messages:
    411 (0.17/day)
    Thanks Received:
    58
    Location:
    Montreal
    Enermax and Seasonic with a higher failure rate than Fortron? Excuse me? Fortron? :wtf:
     
  11. cdawall where the hell are my stars

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    20,683 (6.78/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,984
    Location:
    some AF base
    its part of fortron source power

    http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/


    they have been around quite a bit and OEM alot of powersupplies
     
  12. buggalugs

    buggalugs

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    Messages:
    954 (0.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    153
    Location:
    Australia
    I know, theres a few surprises there.
     
  13. claylomax

    claylomax

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,612 (0.95/day)
    Thanks Received:
    261
    Location:
    London
  14. ShinyG

    ShinyG New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Messages:
    186 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13
    Location:
    Romania
  15. assaulter_99

    assaulter_99

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,793 (0.99/day)
    Thanks Received:
    277
    Like the old saying, you are most likely to fail while you are at the top. Look at the car industry. For some time GM was no1 car manufacturer in the world, we know how it ended. Then came Toyota, we all again knew what happened. When you are at the top, you are most lilkely to ramp up prod and skimp/cut corners on quality/do bad products and still sell due to them riding their luck on brand quality image.
     
  16. crazyeyesreaper

    crazyeyesreaper Chief Broken Rig

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    8,171 (3.94/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,811
    Location:
    04578
    also ppl forget corsair also rolled out the newer shittier CX brand of PSUs so while im guessing there units are fine in general a few bad units + lower quality mainstream = higher overall failure rate. eitherway dosent matter to me all units fail at some point.

    then again dosent Corsair at least on newegg sell 2 psu for every 1 sold from a different brand? so wouldnt that mean a much larger user base to acquire data from just a thought still overall dont care that much in general long as Corsair follows up on there warranty i dont give a rats ass :toast:
     
  17. CDdude55

    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Messages:
    8,179 (3.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,277
    Location:
    Virginia
    Surprising numbers..

    It could be due to the usage of most Corsair, Enermax and Seasonic PSU's, consider they tend to be used more by enthusiasts who tend to stress the system out more.
     
  18. AsRock

    AsRock TPU addict

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2007
    Messages:
    11,134 (4.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,768
    Location:
    US
    Hehe maybe because they sell a hell load more. One fact i'll buy a Seasonic \ FSP PSU before any of those top supposed rated ones.
     
  19. Cheeseball

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    672 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    85
    Yeah, I've got a OEM-looking (e.g. gray/beige) 550W FSP that even has a 80+ certification.
     
  20. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,489 (11.47/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,768

    actually thats about right. i recall hearing bad things about those models (the only reason i have the HX1000 is cause i got it for $50)


    if you notice, all but the 1000 is discontinued/replaced, with those three.


    antec must have stepped up their game, a few years back i had nothing but trouble with them. had quite a few of their basiQ units die on me too - but i just binned them rather than RMA.
     
  21. Inioch

    Inioch

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    567 (0.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    97
    Location:
    Finland
    Was there a problem with the OEM or what, I can't recall anymore. Still find it a bit bad for a brand like Corsair to have released so many bad PSU's (although also many great ones).

    Also the amount of units sold doesn't effect failure rates really as some have been suggesting with Corsair. The study only took in products that had sold over 100 pieces. The return % should stay the same over or under, only affected by quality.
     
  22. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,489 (11.47/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,768
    i think it was the OEM, iirc they changed the OEM after those units came out.


    one thing that really screws these results over too, is the fact it relies on users to warranty them.


    cheap PSU? dont bother returning it!

    paid tons for a corsair with a 7 year warranty? return it!

    users simply not returing units could skew the results pretty badly. (generally, to make the more expensive brands look like they have higher failure rates)
     
  23. scaminatrix

    scaminatrix

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    3,579 (2.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    794
    Location:
    By the Channel Tunnel, Kent, England
    It might just be because a lot of people who get CoolerMaster/Antec PSU's get them with a case, and then upgrade PSU sometime after?
    I just don't think that "reliability" is the biggest factor in these numbers. There's also the fact that some people just don't bother claim on their warranty. They buy another PSU and forget about the old one for whatever reason.
    But someone who spends money on a Seasonic is more likely to claim on warranty.

    EDIT: Damn! Ninja'd!! You edited while I was typing!!

     
  24. Andy77 New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    119 (0.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    11
  25. aphasia New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    i think the most alarming statistic from the hardware failure rate article is from the storage category, specifically hard disks and RAM.

    in all the other categories (psu, mb and video card), if your part fails, its not a big deal. you can just buy a replacement and swap out an you're back up and running in no time (perhaps the exception here being the motherboard which may require os to be reinstalled).

    however if a HD (magnetic or ssd) fails, this could range from catastrophic (no recent backup or no backup period) to major headache (reinstall everything or restoring from image). with storage frankly the most important part of a pc, the failure rates for these parts is unacceptable.

    ram failure rates are fairly alarming too. though these stats can be skewed a bit. the parts with the highest rma rate are mostly performance parts thus the failure rates could be attributed to user error (over volting or incorrect timings).
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page