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CoolMax  ZX-500
8.8 out of 10

CoolMax ZX-500

Great Deal: $60.99

Reviews and Problems with CoolMax ZX-500

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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 this application, but remember that HDD"s don't require much power once they are actually spun up and running. Just be aware that if your system has lots of drives or whatever on...
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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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Overall 8
8.0

Reliable for money.

Denise J., Newegg
23 October 2014
  • Summary: Good for the money and very reliable.
  • Pros: -Has not failed me once. -Not terrible efficiency. -Good options for HDDs, GPUs, Molex, etc. -Keeps relatively cool.
  • Cons: -Makes noticeable noise. (White noise, not actually loud) -Like said, not terrible efficiency but I wish I would have invested in a more energy-efficient supply.
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Overall 2
2.0

Nightmare!

Sky M., Newegg
22 September 2014
  • Summary: Avoid this unit. Unless you enjoy the thrill of waking up to a dead computer and spending an hour and a half carefully cleaning fluid from your mobo and case...
  • Pros: Inexpensive. Noted in the specifications that it was crossfire ready
  • Cons: When first installed, it was MUCH larger than my prior power supply, despite being a difference of only 50w. So much larger, that it had to be installed fan side down to fit in the case. Poorly written manual lead me to spend nearly thirty minutes trying to install the wrong cable to the wrong location. I had to call the company to get that sorted, but the person on the phone was helpful enough. Things went fine for about 30 days (Funny... just long enough to be outsi...
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Overall 2
2.0

Did not work properly

Robert M., Newegg
4 September 2014
  • Summary: For anyone thinking about getting this PSU, I suggest you get the Antec VP-450 450W instead, which newegg currently has in stock. It's only $2 more expensive but much better quality.
  • Pros: None for me. Just had it running an FX-6300 with ram, SSD and DVD drive.
  • Cons: With this power supply my PC booted about half the time from day one. Switching to a different PSU completely solved the problem.
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