Modular or non-modular?
I just recently ordered a non-modular Corsair TX750 V2, not knowing what modular meant, so my question is:
Should I send back my non-modular PSU and order a fully modular version instead?
Pros and cons?
The reason for a modular PSU is only so that you don't have extra cables that aren't being used that you have to hide. If this isn't important to you, keep your TX750. It's a good PSU.
Less case clutter means better air flow, if temps are a concern.
The downside to a modular supply is mechanical wear on contacts, potential multiple points of failure, and power losses (however slight) at each connector. PC Power & Cooling had an excellent article on their website a few years ago about the drawbacks and benefits of modular vs n0n-modular PSU's. Not sure if it's still there after the OCZ remake.
Since PCP&C now sells modular supplies with 120 mm or larger fans, I doubt it. Then again, it was such a piece of FUD that it was really not worth paying attention to in the first place. It claimed PCP&C used 80 mm fans because it left room for larger and more robust components than did a 120 mm fan. Not mentioned was they were producing power supplies with the same components (Seasonic as OEM) as used in PSUs with 120 mm fans.
I really wasn't talking about components or fans/cooling but the benefits vs drawbacks of continuous conductors vs plugable cables. Those are valid regardless of the supply or who makes it.
Whether those considerations are important to a buyer, or in their situation impact their usage is for them to determine.
I'm considering a modular PSU mainly to save space in my itx NAS build. Not much room for cable management so the fewer the cables, the better.
If you have an atx case then there will be no issue with tucking the extra cables away (behind motherboard or in hdd cages etc..)
If you have a smaller case then it very well may be worth sending back.. all depends on how you manage the cables with the space you have.
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