Raidmax Cobra Power 500W; can an old PSU learn new tricks?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2014 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: Raidmax, Cobra, RX-500AF-B, 500W, PSU

The new Raidmax Cobra Power 500W PSU is actually a 6 year old RX-500AF with a new paintball splattered colour scheme.  [H]ard|OCP felt that really showed when they looked at the power it delivers, a single 12V rail is our preference but the 384W max at 32A seems low compared to current 500W models on the market.  That lack of power as well as other features which performed to specifications less than expected lead them to advise people to stay away from this PSU even with the attractively low price you will not be getting a great unit.

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"We tread off the beaten PSU path today with a power supply from Raidmax that is part of the Cobra series. The RX-500AF-B unit sports 500 watts of "Haswell Ready" power, a Bronze efficiency rating, advertised stable voltages, a "strong single +12V rail for high-end system heavy load configuration," plus a paint ball stained exterior."

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The Raidmax Orion mid-tower is smaller than it looks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2013 - 02:49 PM |
Tagged: Raidmax, Orion, mid-tower

Currently only $80 on NewEgg, the Raidmax Orion mid-tower case sports more features than you might expect; a front panel with two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks, power and reset buttons and an integral fan controller with two knobs, one for fan speed and one for LED brightness.  It comes with three 120mm fans, one sporting LEDs and can handle 140mm fans if you wish to swap in your own and a filtered 120mm port on the bottom of the case for your PSU.  Unfortunately [H]ard|OCP found a number of flaws with the case including hard to install drives to a lack of tool-less installation setting up a system was difficult especially when you consider its dimensions, at 511mm x 192mm x 502mm (20.1" x 7.5" x 19.8") which are too small to accommodate high end coolers and don't even think about triple SLI.

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"Raidmax is a big name worldwide in budget computer cases. Today we have a chance to look at its Orion case that sports a very long list of nice features as well as remembering the important things like air flow, cable routing, and dust control. Do all of these worthy features go along with a lower cost case?"

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