Corsair Releases New SFX SF600 and SF450 PSUs

Building compact high-performance systems can be troublesome in many areas, not because people lack the skills, but because there was a lack of components to do so on the market. We’ve seen an increase in compact motherboards and graphics cards that still deliver great gaming and workstation performance, but there has been a shortage of quality power supplies with high ratings, actually there’s kind of only been one up until now.

We already had a little preview during our visit to CES in January and now Corsair is ready to release their new SFX power supplies with proper certification and a fully modular connection system. The two new power supplies are the Corsair SF600 and SF450 that come with 600W and 450W respectively.

Compact system builds have an additional challenge besides the component size and that is the available cable routing space. With that in mind, it’s great to see that the new SF600 and SF450 power supplies come with a fully modular cable system. You can detach all cables from the unit itself for easy cable routing while building and minimize the cables in the chassis to only those you need.

Corsair is well known for their power supplies and they didn’t skimp out on their new SFX series either. The units are fully 80Plus Gold certified for an optimal efficiency and less heat generation. Speaking of heat, the Corsair SFX PSUs are built with a 90mm fan featuring Zero RPM Fan mode. The fan is only turned on when it is needed and only spins as fast as it is needed. The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be.

The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be in order to have a long lifespan. That’s taken care of in the SF-series by the use of 100% Japanese capacitors and the units are backed by Corsair’s well-known 7-year warranty.

The SF450 is available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The SF600 will be available shortly and is available immediately for pre-order. The MSRP is set to $89.99 and $119.99 respectively, excl. Tax.

 

Intel Faces Severe Supply Issues for Skylake Launch

Despite a much-anticipated launch for Skylake within the next two weeks, Intel looks to be in trouble on the supply side. According to multiple sources, supply for the i7 6700K and i5 6600K is severely limited and the initial stock is not expected to last long. Several unnamed Taiwanese firms also have had issues in supplying reviewers with Skylake chips to pair with their launch motherboard reviews.

Marketing director Anton Nilsson for Swedish retailer Webhallen had this to say on the supply situation:

We have a small number of processors and motherboards coming. They confirmed deliveries will not be enough for a whole week, rather a few days. Unfortunately, it also seems that those of our PC series most interesting motherboard is further delayed about a month.

So basically, even though Intel is only launching two chips at first, supply might as well be so limited, Intel may have well delayed the launch by a month. The fact that Intel is only launching two chips first also suggests that Intel knew this going in and was already trying to mitigate the issue. It’s important to note that while Intel may have low supply relative to demand, it doesn’t mean they aren’t producing a ton of chips, just that it’s not able to satisfy demand.

Of all the recent process nodes, 14nm has given Intel the most trouble, causing desktop Broadwell to be delayed by nearly a year and even then, the chips were vaporware for quite a while after launch. If Skylake continues this trend despite 14nm production already being ramped up for more than a year, yields must have been really bad when Intel first started it. With delays for 10nm also being built into Intel’s roadmap, we can only hope that Skylake will be worth the wait.

Thank you Sweclockers for providing us with this information 

Former Apple Manager Gets 1 Year in Jail, $4.5 Million Fine for Leaking Apple Secrets

Paul Devine, formerly Apple’s Global Supply Manager, has received a year of jail time as well as a fine of $4.5 million for leaking the company’s secrets.

Devine leaked secret product plans to a number of accessory manufacturers in return for money. This comes after Devine pleaded guilty to  wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy over 3 years ago. Devine reportedly made $1 Million on the leaks, after working for Apple between 2005 and 2010. As MacRumors points out, it was initially suggested that Devine could receive up to 20 years in jail over his crime, so it’s intriguing that he received such a comparatively small sentence.

Source: MacRumors

Reliable Tech – Hardware Repair Rate Rankings Released

As computer enthusiasts often get hostile about their favorite brands warranties, returns and reliability, we’ve just been given an insight into hardware failure and warranty rates across popular technology manufacturers.

Only just being released but complied with data relevant prior to October 2014, these statistics will show the top four performers in each category.

Starting with motherboards, the results read:

  • GIGABYTE: 2.51%
  • MSI: 2.65%
  • ASUS: 2.86%
  • ASRock: 2.99%

Before you grab your pitchforks and book the next-leaving flight to the island country of Taiwan, take a close look at the results and think about what you see. The first thing noticeable is that all four of these figures are land within a 0.5% margin, which is a pretty impressive result. Another interesting fact is that of ASUS’s ranking. We’ve just reported that ASUS are looking to out-sell all other brands in 2014, followed next by GIGABYTE, but looking at these statistics shows they aren’t the most reliable.

As with many other things in life (even including CS:GO tournaments), these broad spectrum statistics aren’t a be-all and end-all. Obviously it’s a little damaging for ASRock to be places last in the race and GIGABYTE are sure to have some PR bragging rights given their first place rating – but warranty tracking is often a fickle thing.

If you wish to see the full list of rankings and percentages (and have a translating app or add-on handy), please feel free to check a list compiled here (in Chinese), or the full comprehensive list (in French).

Power supply rankings came in at:

  • FSP Group: 0.83%
  • Be Quiet!: 0.84%
  • Corsair: 1.32%
  • Cooler Master: 1.51% 

The memory (RAM) rankings are:

  • Kingston: 0.36% 
  • Crucial: 0.57%
  • G.Skill: 0.97%
  • Corsair: 1.20%

Graphics card failure rates are slightly higher than any other statistic – ranking from 5.09% down to 2.25%.

  • MSI: 2.25%
  • Gainward: 2.67%
  • GIGABYTE: 2.98%
  • ASUS: 3.00%

It’s also interesting to note that there’s a rather large (in comparison) failure rate here reported of the Radeon R9 280X – coming in at 8.81%.

Hard Drive manufacturers have reported:

  • Seagate: 0.69%
  • Western Digital: 0.93% 
  • HGST: 1.01% (former Hitachi)
  • Toshiba: 1.29%

SSD’s saw most of the lowest rates of failure and a very close race within the top 3:

  • Samsung: 0.24%
  • Intel:  0.27%
  • Sandisk: 0.29%
  • Crucial: 0.57%

Please note that this statistical data has been taken from French online dealers, meaning some companies were not included due to their product sample being too small to manage. But either way this gives you a pretty fair comparison of companies units as a whole.

Coming from my own experience, as a person who’s previously worked in a hardware manufacturing company for 4 years, here’s a few things I’ve noticed about this warranty/failure rate subject:

  • Not every end user will warranty their broken products
  • Warranty percentages can often be skewed by a bad batch of products due to shipment, storage or factory error
  • Warranty percentages are not always reported, double checked, nor stock-taken

Rankings thanks to Hardware.fr