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SAMA Introduces Premium 370W PSU

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  1. btarunr

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    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.

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    Premium ... 370w ??? .. that could not power a Ipad 3 ...
     
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    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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    +1 on that.

    The PSU was looking good until the article said
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Their love and tender care makes it premium. That isn't white glue holding those chokes........
     
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    Yeah, I want sama :)
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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