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CoolMax  ZX-500
8.7 out of 10

CoolMax ZX-500

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Overall 2
2.0

Junk

Andre F., Newegg
21 May 2015
  • Pros: If you're looking to waste your time and money, then this PSU is great for you.
  • Cons: This power supply is a disease. I bought this "80 Plus Certified" PSU to replace an old one in my home pc and all I can say is this thing is CERTIFIABLY A DISEASE! You can tell the manufacturing process is really lacking! The cables are all tangled up coming out of the PSU. They didn't even care ...
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Overall 2
2.0

poor

Kurtis H., Newegg
12 May 2015
  • Pros: the price
  • Cons: On start up the fans would turn on for a sec than would turn off, the power supply was shorting out. I ended up going out and buying a corsair 750w and know the pc starts up with no flows.
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Overall 2
2.0

DO NOT BUY THIS

Christopher D., Newegg
19 April 2015
  • Summary: Save your money. Do not be fooled by the specs or the rebate. Both are false.
  • Pros: Cheap advertised after-rebate price, good specs in theory.
  • Cons: There are two major problems with this power supply and one major problem with the company. The first major problem with the power supply is that contrary to its specifications, it is unable to handle the power surge at boot from even a modest system. It simply turns on and then shuts off. An Int...
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Overall 8
8.0

P-good

Anonymous, Newegg
18 March 2015
  • Pros: Quiet cheap nice quality
  • Cons: The connectors are a tad sharp and can be painful if your finger slips.
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Overall 4
4.0

Don't buy with a R9 270

Anonymous, Newegg
11 March 2015
  • Pros: -Cheap -Runs well with a PNY 2GB GTX 650
  • Cons: Struggles with my XFX R9 270X. I thought i got a bad card but even after they replaced the card, the new card still crashes and i have to reset my PC. Support told me it might be my PSU, so I'm getting it replaced soon. Don't buy this PSU for a R9 270 card.
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Overall 10
10

Nice PSU

Russell N., Newegg
11 March 2015
  • Pros: Nice and quiet, excellent cooling with the two fans and it looks good
  • Cons: None
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Overall 6
6.0

No Rebate.

Mark G., Newegg
12 January 2015
  • Summary: Didn't receive my rebate herd other horror stories about how they ignore rebate letters. Followed instructions to the letter. Principle of the thing is I wont buy another product from them if this is how they go about things they say they are gonna offer and don't
  • Pros: Its a 500Watt that was cheap
  • Cons: Loud and voltages seem to fluctuate probably will fail if I keep using it.
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Overall 8
8.0

Coolmax zx-500

Jody W., Newegg
2 January 2015
  • Summary: It works well, does what it is supposed to and has lasted this long. I would recommend to anyone in need of a super cheap power supply.
  • Pros: Cheap
  • Cons: Short cpu 4+4 pin connector (used in an atx build) Extremely loud fan 20+4 pin connector was sleeved but used a plastic like material and was extremely hard to bend / cable manage
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Overall 8
8.0

Good-Ish

Kurt K., Newegg
9 December 2014
  • Pros: Cheap Quiet Fan
  • Cons: While the max power rating of the 12V rail is 34 Amps, this PSU doesn't seem to like large inrush current levels. I have a 16 bay 'nas' case that spins up 4 drives at a time with a short delay between, and PSU can't handle it. Yes I am aware that the ultra-nerds would suggest a 1.21GW PSU for thi...
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Overall 6
6.0

my least favorite

Jefferson S., Newegg
7 November 2014
  • Summary: I realize the PSU is typically made for standard PC use; I'm not using it for that, so don't be turned off by my review if you're just plugging it in to your computer as intended. It will probably work fine for you and be fairly efficient.
  • Pros: Seems to work stable, handling 426W at the wall continuous use (tested about a month).
  • Cons: I'm disappointed that it did not work using only +12V using popular jumper from green wire to ground. I only need +12 (31A), and even with jumper to override a CPU power switch, would not turn on. I had to draw more power from other rails being waisted just to make it run, costing more per day.
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