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Feb 10, 2002
Norman, OK
I know its silly but what is the difference between a Enermax 400 Watts psu and a Generic 400 Watts psu besides the price, if they are both rated 400 why should the Enermax cost more?
I didn't really care about the psu untill now but still don't know why

RED Hot Machine

Inactive Moderator
Aug 5, 2001
The build quality is the difference.

I had a Generic 400w and it was giving me problems, due to some of the lines being poor (5v was bad). I'm using an enermax now and it is fine.

Sometimes a Generic 400w will be fine, but the named PSU's tend to be more reliable.

Mike K

Nov 22, 2001
Chicago, Illinois
Like RED Hot Machine said, some of the lines and voltages are bad and the name psus supply your components with clean power unlike generic psus which can lead to instability


Senior Member
Dec 20, 2000
Albany, NY
Its mostly a case of "you get what you pay for". One of the keys to successful oc'ing is stability, and a quality PSU lays a good foundation for a nice, stable system. Some generics do turn out to be okay, but it is more by chance.


Dec 13, 2001
one good example would be.....

I had a generic......was suposed to be 300 watts.......but after I noticed it not handling the load I had on it anymore...i opened it up to see if it needed to be cleaned .....found out it was a 240 watt...just relabeled outside...so generics are a gamble as to the internals as well......can't trust a generic name....

but that's just my experience....