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Article PSU tier list [psucultists]

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PSU Tier List 4.0 rev. 14.3
Last Update: 27-07-2020

Legend :
Green - small form-factor (gold and blue colors are disregarded due to scarcity of SFX PSUs)
Gold - best units in the tier (includes requirements for blue color in tier A)
Blue - quiet operation under moderate load (see details in the spreadsheet)

See spreadsheet for changelog, methodology, detailed description of colors, review sources, notes on grayed-out units including issues like GPU incompatibility or quality and performance issues, and other additional info.

Tier A • Recommended for high-end systems

( multi/single-rail switchable )
be quiet! | Dark Power Pro 10 / Pro 11
Cooler Master | V Platinum 2019 [MPZ]
Corsair | AXi (<=1500W / 1600W) - RMi - HXi - HX Platinum - Vengeance Silver
Enermax | Digifanless
NZXT | E
( multi-rail )
Antec | High Current Pro [HCP] Gold / Platinum
be quiet! | Straight Power 11 Gold / Platinum
Bitfenix | Formula Gold =>650W [3] - Whisper =>650W [3]
Deepcool / Gamer Storm | DQ-M
Enermax | Platimax (1200/1350W) / D.F =>750W - Revolution D.F - MaxRevo
LEPA | MaxPlatinum
Wentai | Aidan 1616W
( single-rail )
Abkoncore | CR Platinum
ADATA / XPG | Core Reactor
Aerocool | Project 7
Andyson | N - R - PX - TX
Antec | High Current Gamer [HCG] Gold post 2018 y. [1] / Extreme post 2018 y. [1] - Signature Platinum / Titanium - Edge =>850W
ASUS | ROG Strix post 2018 y. [1] / Thor
Chieftec / Chieftronic | Powerplay Gold / Platinum - GPS-500C Fanless
Cooler Master | Masterwatt Maker MiJ - V Gold 2013 [RS] Semi-modular [VSM] / Fully modular - V Platinum 2013 [RSC]
Corsair | AX Gold / Platinum / Titanium - RMx 2015 / 2018 - RM Gray - SF Gold / Platinum [2] - TXM 2017 (Gold)
Cougar | GX-F (Aurum) - LLC
Enermax | Platimax D.F <=600w - Maxtytan
EVGA | Supernova G2(L) / GS =>850W / P2 / PS / T2 (<=1200W/1600W)
Fractal Design | ION+ Platinum / SFX Gold
FSP | Aurum PT / Pro - Hydro G / G Pro / X / PT / PTM
Gamdias | Astrape P1 - Cyclops X1
Gigabyte | G750H
Great Wall | E Gold (Frozen)
Green | Overclocking DG
High Power | Super GD
Huntkey | MVP-G Gold - MVP-P Platinum
In Win | Premium Basic PB
Kingwin | Stryker
Kolink | Continuum C-PL 1500w
LC Power | LC1200 Platinum
Micronics | Astro Platinum
NZXT | C-series - H1 / NP-S-M
Phanteks | AMP - Revolt Pro post 2018 y. [1] - Revolt X
Raidmax | Monster RX-AT
Riotoro | Enigma G2 post 2018 y. [1]
Rosewill | Lightning - Silent Night - Quark - Capstone -XXXM / -XXX / -1000-M / G <=750W
SAMA | Forza Titanium
Seasonic | Focus [1] GX / GM / PX / SGX - Prime Gold / Platinum / Titanium / Fanless PX / Fanless TX / Snow Silent (Gold / Platinum / Titanium) / Airtouch - X Gold / Platinum / Fanless / Snow Silent - Connect
Sharkoon | Silentstorm Cool Zero
SilentiumPC | Supremo FM2
Silentmaxx | Fanless II
Silverstone | Strider Gold S 1500w / Platinum PT <=850W - SX-G <=500W - SX-PT - Nightjar SXL / ATX (Platinum / Titanium)
Super Flower | Leadex Gold / Platinum / Titanium / II / III (pre/post 2020 y.) / III (Pro) ARGB - Platinum King - Golden Silent
Thermaltake | Toughpower GF1 (ARGB) / PF1 ARGB / iRGB Plus (Gold/Platinum/Titanium) / Gold Semi-Modular 1500W / DPS G (Gold / Platinum) / DPS G RGB Titanium <=1250W / Grand Gold - Smart DPS G Gold X50W / Russian Gold 1500W
XFX | Pro Black FM / Limited Edition - XTR =>850W - XTS - XTI
( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info )
Antec | High Current Gamer [HCG] Gold pre 2018 y. [1] / Extreme pre 2018 y. [1] - Edge <=750W - Truepower Classic
Asus | ROG Strix pre 2018 y. [1]
Bitfenix | Formula Gold <=550W [2] - Whisper <=550W [2]
Cooler Master | Masterwatt Maker - V Gold 2018 [MPY] =>750W
Corsair | HX Gold 650W
Delta | GM - GPS-HB Platinum
EVGA | Supernova G3 - GT - NEX-G 1500W / PG 1500W
FSP | Hydro PTM Pro
Fractal Design | Edison M
Gamdias | Kratos P1 Gold
Gigabyte | XP-M 1200
Green | Overclocking EVO - High Performance+ - UK+
Phanteks | Revolt Pro pre 2018 y. [1]
Riotoro | Enigma G2 pre 2018 y. [1] - Builder 1200w
Sama | Armor Gold / Platinum - Forza Gold / Platinum
Seasonic | Focus [1] Gold / Plus Gold / Plus Platinum - G RM - S12G RT - SSP-SFG - SSP-SUG - SSP-RT
Sentey | Golden Steel GSP-HM V2 1050W
Silverstone | Strider Gold Platinum PT =>1000W
Super Flower | Leadex V
Thermaltake | Toughpower Grand Platinum
XFX | TS Gold - XT Gold - XTR <=750W - XTR2 - XTS2
Xigmatek | Hera Gold - XFP
Zalman | Acrux Platinum

[1] Seasonic Focus based units made prior to Jan 2018 had incompatibility issues with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega, source. Does not apply to renewed OneSeasonic SKUs and some rebranded units which were released later.
[2] Corsair SF units with LOT codes from 194448* through 201148* have potential problems, Corsair conducts a voluntary replacement, source.
[3] Bitfenix Formula Gold and Whisper M 450/550W SKUs have just one rail for GPU power cables and trip with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega.


Tier B • Recommended for midrange systems

1st Player | Steampunk Gold
Abkoncore | Tenergy Gold X50W
Antec | Neo Eco M Gold [4] / Zen - Earthwatts [EA] Pro Gold [1][4]
be quiet! | Pure Power 10 =>400W / 11 (CM) =>400W [2] - Straight Power E10 - SFX-L Power
Chieftec | Smart GPS-C / Power Smart GPS-C - Navitas GPM-C =>1000W / GPM-S / PPS-FC - Polaris - SFX-GD-C - Compact CSN-C
Cooler Master | MWE Gold - Reactor Gold - V Gold 2018 <=650W
Corsair | CX Gray - CS-m Gold
Cougar | GEX - GX-S 2017
Delta | GPS-FB Platinum
Dengen | Gold FM
Enermax | Platimax <=1000W/1500W
EVGA | Supernova B3 post 2019 y. / G(1)+ / G5 / GD 2017 / GD 2019 -B* / GM / GS <=650W / GQ 850w+ / G(1)+ / (NEX-)G(1) (PG) 1000W / PQ
FSP | Aurum Xilenser
Gigabyte | AP-GM
Great Wall / Hunters | Titan TF - Gaming GX
High Power | Astro Lite / GD-F HPB <=750W / GD-F HPJ <=750W / GD-F V2 HPM - Performance GD
Huntkey | MVP K - WDK-K
Kingwin | Absolute Platinum
Kolink | Continuum C-PL 850W - Enclave G-FM
LC-Power | GP4 - Arkangel III
LDLC | US-G / GT-P - XT-P / QS-FL / QS-FLP - QS+ - BQ+
LEPA | G-MA
Lian Li | PE SFX-L
Micronics | Astro GD
Modecom | Volcano Gold
OCZ / PC Power & Cooling | Silencer MK III =>750W
Riotoro | Onyx - Enigma Gold
Rosewill | Capstone / G =>850W - Tokamak - Lightning
Seasonic | Core GC / GM / GX
Segotep | GP-G 500/600/700 - GP-P <=700w - GP-T <=700w - ZP500P-SG
Sentey | Golden Steel GSP-SM 850/1050W
Sharkoon | Silentstorm SFX Gold
Skydigital | Power Station 5 Gold
Silverstone | Strider Gold S (V2) <1500w / Titanium <=800W / Platinum PTS / Plus F-PS - Essential Gold ET-G / ET-HG - ET700MG - SX-LG - SX-LTI
Super Flower | Golden Green
Thermaltake | TR2 Gold
VIVO | 24K
Xigmatek | Minotaur - Vector P
Xilence | Performance X
Zalman | EBT <=750w - Platinum
( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info )
Cooler Master | MWE V2 [3] White [MPE] Full-range Input / V2 [3] Bronze [MPE] Full-range Input
EVGA | Supernova B3 pre 2019 y. / B5 / GA
FSP | Dagger Pro
Kolink | Continuum V2 1000/1200W
In Win | Classic Basic CB
Rampage | Everest Forza FTX / ETX
Rosewill | Lepton
Segotep | KL
Sentey | Solid SDP-SS
SilentiumPC | Supremo M1 Gold
Silverstone | Revolution SFX
Xilence | SQ

[1] Antec EA Pro Gold has versions for Chinese market made by FSP on competely different, worse, group-regulated platform (tier D). Source #1, #2.
[2] bq! PP10/11 400W SKUs has PCI-e power cables powered only by single rail with total rating of 288W and trips with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega
[3] MWE V2 units have high ripple issues on very low load also resulting in increased coil whine, fix pending.
[4] Seasonic Focus based units made prior to Jan 2018 had incompatibility issues with high transient power draw GPUs like AMD Vega, source. Does not apply to renewed OneSeasonic SKUs and some rebranded units which were released later.


Tier C • Recommended for cheap mid/low-end systems

Abkoncore | Tenergy Bronze
Abysm | Morpheo
ADX | Power W Gold
Aerocool | KCAS M 850 / Plus / G(M)
Aigo | ES Gold
Andyson | H6 / GX - M5+ =>550W / BX
Antec | Earthwatts [EA] D Green - High Current Gamer [HCG] Bronze 2012 (M) =>750W - Neo Eco II - VP-F Bronze
be quiet! | System Power 9 =>400W / CM / U9 =>400W / B9 =>400W - Power Zone
Bitfenix | Formula Bronze
Chieftec | Core BBS - Proton BDF-S / BDF-C - Navitas GPM-C <=850W - A-90 - Silicon SLC-C - Photon Gold GDP-C-RGB - APS-CB =>750
Coba | NitroX Nobility
Cooler Master | MWE V1 Bronze [MPX] =>600W - Masterwatt - GM - Silent Pro M2 =>720W
Corsair | CX Green =>750W - CX-M Green =>750W / Gray - GS Bronze - CV 650W - HX Gold =>750W - Vengeance Bronze - Enthusiast TX v2 - RM 2013 <=850W [orange-label]
Cougar | LX - CMD - CMX v3 - GX v1/v2/v3
Deepcool | Quanta DQ - DQ-ST - DQ Evo
Delta | GPS-JB / AB
Enermax | Revolution Duo / X't / X't II - Revobron
EVGA | Supernova B2 - GD 2019 -V* - GQ <=750W - BQ - B 500/600/700W
Fractal Design | Integra M - Newton R3 - Tesla R2
FSP | Raider II - Hydro GE / Pro - Hyper M85+
Gamdias | Astrape P1 - Kratos P1
Gigabyte | PB 650W - Sumo Platinum
Great Wall | M 1200
High Power | Astro GD-F HPJ =>850W - Performance GD - Direct12 Bronze =>750W / Bronze II
In Win | A1 Plus - Classic C
iTek | Taurus GF
Kingwin | Lazer Gold / Platinum
Kolink | Continuum 1050/1200W
LC Power | Gold Series - Prophecy RGB
LDLC | TA
LEPA | MaxGold - G-MAS
Montech | Gamma (II) - Alpha (X)
Mistel | Vision MX Gold / Platinum
NOX | Hummer X Gold / GD - Urano TX Bronze
OCZ / PC Power & Cooling | Silencer Platinum 1050W - ZT - ZX
PC Cooler | GI-P
Powerspec | PS-GSM / PS-GFM - PSX-GFM
Riotoro | Builder 500/600W
Rosewill | Arc 750W - Tachyon - Hive - Hive S =>750W - Hercules (-S) 1600W
Seasonic | G GP / SSR-GP / SSP-GT - M12II (EVO) x50W - S12III - S12D Silver - S12 Energy Plus - SS-HT <=650W / =>750W
Sentey | Platinum LTP-SM - Golden Steel GSP-HM 1200/1600W - Metal Extreme MHP-XM 1000W - Metal Blade MBP-HM 1000W
Sharkoon | WPM Gold Zero - Silentstorm Icewind
SilentiumPC | Supremo L2 / M2 - Vero L3 / M3
Silverstone | Strider Bronze ST-SF / Gold ST-SF-G
Super Flower | Golden King - Leadex Silver
Thermaltake | BlueEvo 2.0 - Smart DPS G Gold X50W / G / Gold X00W / Pro RGB / M =>750W / SP-P 750W - Toughpower DPS G RGB Gold / GX1 (RGB) / Gold Semi-Modular <=1200W / European Gold <=650W / Russian Gold (<=750W / 850-1200W) / SFX / Grand RGB Gold (Sync Edition) / Grand RGB Platinum - TR2 RX Bronze 850w+
ThunderX3 | Plexus
Vinga | VPS Gold / Platinum
XFX | Black Edition Silver - Core =>650W - TS Bronze =>650W - Pro XXX
Xigmatek | Cerberus (III) S =>550W - Centauro
Xilence | Performance A+ X30w / A+ III X50W
Zalman | EBT =>850W - GVM =>850W - GigaMax GVII - LX 700W - TX
( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info )
Aerocool | Strike-X =>800W - GT S Bronze =>700W / SG Gold - Aero Bronze
Antec | High Current Gamer [HCG] 2018
Apevia | Prestige
BR ONE | Rainbow
Boostboxx | Power Boost 600/700W
Chieftec | Nitro2 85+ BPS-C2 - APS-C 1000W
Cooler Master | MWE V2 [1] White [MPE] 230V Only / V2 [1] Bronze [MPE] 230V Only
Deepcool | DA-N 500/600W - DQ-M-V2L [2]
EVGA | BA - BR
FSP | Hydro GD
Green | ESD - EUD - HED
High Power | Performance Pro
Hiper | HPB-FM - HPB-RGB
Huntkey | GS
IPPON | Platinum
Kolink | Classic KL-v2 / Modular KL-M
LC Power | Gold Series - Prophecy RGB
Montech | Century [2]
Powerspec | PS-BSM 750W
Raidmax | Cobra AE Gold =>850 / AE-B / AE-M - Vortex Gold AE-V - Vampire GH
Rosewill | Fortress - Photon =>850W - Valens
Seasonic | S12II EVO
Silverstone | SX-G =>600W
Skydigital | Validus LP
Super Flower | Eco Silver
Thermaltake | Toughpower GX2 / European Gold =>750W / Russian Gold GF1
Xigmatek | Tauro 700W
Zalman | Wattgiga

[1] MWE V2 units have high ripple issues on very low load also resulting in increased coil whine, fix pending.
[2] CWT GPX based units have problems with failing burn-in test under sub 90VAC input, treat as 230V only,
source.


Tier D • Recommended only for very cheap, iGPU systems

1st Player | Black Widow - DK 5.0 / 6.0
Abko / Suitmaster | Mighty
Aerocool | Aero White - Cyclon - KCAS (M) Bronze (<=800W,1000W) - Lux RGB - Strike-X <=600W - VX (Plus) (RGB)
Andyson | M5+ 450W
Antec | Atom - Basiq 80 Plus / VP Plus / VP-P (Plus) / VP-PC / VP-F 80+ - Earthwatts [EA] Gold Pro Chinese versions / Platinum / 80+ / Green - Neo Eco Classic NE-C (X50W/X20W) / Modular NE-M - NX
Apexgaming | AJ / AG
Argus | APS - RGB
be quiet! | Dark Power Pro P8 / P9 - Pure Power L8 / L9 / 10 <=350W / 11 <=350W - Straight Power E8 / E9 - SFX Power / Power 2 - System Power 7 / 8
CWT | GPK-S / GPT-S
Chieftec | Photon Bronze CTG-C-RGB - A-80 - Task TPS-S - Force CPS-S - Neutron <=600W BLC-S - APB-8B - APS-C <=650W - APS-CB <=650W - APS-S - APS-SB - GPA-S8 - GPB-S - GPC-S - GPE-S - GPS-A8 - ELP-S - SFX-BS - PSF-B
Cooler Master | GX - MWE V1 Bronze [MPW] / V1 White [MPX] <=550W - Masterwatt Lite - Silent Pro M2 <=620W
Corsair | Builder CX(-M) 2012 <=600W [green-label] - CV <=550W - VS 2017 [gray-label] - RM 2013 1000w [orange-label]
Cougar | CMX v1/v2 - STE - STX - VTC - VTX - VTE
Deepcool | DA / DA-M / DA-N 700W - DN
Delta | GPS-HB A Bronze
EVGA | BT - B <=600W - BV - Supernova NEX-B / PB / G5 1000w <2020 - Supernova NEX-G <=750W / G(1) <=750W / PG <=750W - W1 - W3
Enermax | NaXn 82+ - MaxPro / MaxPro II
FSP | Aurum 92+ / CM - Dagger SDA - Raider - HD - Hexa 80+ / 85+ - HEXA+ (II) - Hyper / S / M / K - Hammer - Hydro / K - PNR - PNR-i - PNR Pro - 60GHS / 60GHS(85)
Fractal Design | Integra R2
Gamdias | Astrape M1 White
Gamemax | GM
Gigabyte | BH - PB500 - PW
Great Wall / Hunters | Gaming G5 - BH - Lightning
Green | ECO / ECO rev 3.1
High Power | Astro GD HPA - Element Smart EP-S - Simplicity ST HPG-T12S
Hiper | HPB-SM
Hydance | HY-CT
Kolink | Core - SFX
LC Power | GP3 Silver - Super Silent - Silent Giant GP3 Bronze
LDLC | EC - BG - FP
Micronics | Caslon II
Montech | Beta
NOX | Hummer Bronze / M - Urano TX Green Power
OCZ / PC Power & Cooling | Silencer MK III <=600W - ModXStream Pro
Powerspec | PS-BF - PS BGM <=650w
Raidmax | Thunder V2 RX-AP / RGB RX-AP-R - Cobra AC-B / AF-B - Vortex Bronze / White
Rosewill | Arc <=650W - Arc M - Hive S <=650W - Glacier - TFX Bronze - TFX Gold
Seasonic | SS-ET
Sharkoon | WPC Bronze
Silverstone | Strider Gold Evolution - Strider Essential ET-B / F-ES / F-ES230 / F-ESB - Strider Titanium =>1100W / Plus F-PB - SX-LPT
Skydigital | Power Station 5 80+ White
Superflower | Bronze King - Bronze FX - Mega
Tacens | Radix VII
Thermaltake | Smart 80+ / SE / BM1 / BX1 (RGB) / DPS G Bronze X00W / 80+ RGB / M <=650W / SP-P (X30W/650W) / German series Bronze (Pro RGB) - TR2 Bronze / S X50W / 80+ White / RX 80+ White / RX Bronze <=750W - Toughpower DPS G Titanium 1500W - Litepower (RGB)
XFX | ProSeries Bronze
Xigmatek | Centauro S - Cerberus (III) S450 - X-Power / X-Power II - Tauro <=600W
Xilence | Gaming - Performance C / A
Zalman | GLX - GS - GT - GV - GVM <=700W - LE - LE II - LX
( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info )
Aerocool | Integrator - Lux RGB - VX (Plus) (RGB)
Antec | High Current Gamer [HCG] Bronze 2012 <=620W [1]
Apevia | Jupiter
Bitfenix | BPA - Fury
Modecom | Volcano Bronze
NOX | Hummer X Bronze
Seasonic | S12II [1] 80+ / Bronze - M12II (EVO) [1] x20W - ECO [1] SSP-ST / SS-BT / SS-ES
Sentey | SDP 80+
SilentiumPC | Elementum E2 - Vero L2 / M2 - Supremo M1 Platinum
Vinga | VPS-B - VPS-P
XFX | XT Bronze [1] - TS Bronze <=550w [1] - Core <=550w [1]

[1]
Seasonic S12II and related units have or had UVP issues, source.


Tier E • Potentially dangerous in multiple scenarios

Armageddon | All units
BR ONE | BR-X
Chieftec | Non-rated units
Corsair | VS 2012 orange
Cooler Master | Elite - Realpower - B2
Diablotek | All units
EVGA | N1 - N2
LC Power | Non-rated units
Lepa | MaxBron
Linkworld | All units
Logisys | All units
MS-Tech | All units
NOX | Urano VX
Raidmax | Non-rated units
Rasurbo | All units
Rhomburtech | All units
Sempre | All units
Speedlink | All units
Tacens | All units
Trust | All units
Ultron | All units

Thread is locked to avoid having a hundred pages long thread pinned at the top, for any questions or suggestions please refer to the dedicated discussion thread here.

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