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Is the 600BQ Good Enough?

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2021/06/10 09:19:20 (permalink)
I recently got a 600BQ for my build from B Stock and saw after it arrived that the reviews don't seem very flattering. I'm planning on using an 11400f with power limits unlocked and at best a 2070 super or 3060 ti. Should I keep the PSU or opt for a different one?
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    bob16314
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    Re: Is the 600BQ Good Enough? 2021/06/10 10:02:32 (permalink)
    Use the EVGA Power Meter or the more detailed/preferred OuterVision Power Supply Calculator to estimate your system wattage need under load and to see some recommended PSUs..You can substitute an i5-10400F for a i5-11400F (that's not listed), they're both 65W CPUs.

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    Re: Is the 600BQ Good Enough? 2021/06/10 11:04:14 (permalink)
    Systems built for gaming w/ videocards should never use anything less than 'GOLD' rated PSU's  .... 
     
    Bronze rated psu's are fine for integrated units for streaming music / vidoes  / home units doing general tasks , but NOT for systems that you are going to be pushing .

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    Re: Is the 600BQ Good Enough? 2021/06/10 20:46:31 (permalink)
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    Systems built for gaming w/ videocards should never use anything less than 'GOLD' rated PSU's  .... 
     
    Bronze rated psu's are fine for integrated units for streaming music / vidoes  / home units doing general tasks , but NOT for systems that you are going to be pushing .


    Thanks for the advice!
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    Re: Is the 600BQ Good Enough? 2021/06/12 06:40:36 (permalink)
    Reminder that having a certain level of 80+ is not always a good indicator quality of the unit. 80+ cert is simply a measure of efficiency. Although higher end PSUs tend to be more efficient and have higher 80+ certification, just because a unit is 80+ bronze does not mean it is awful and cannot handle a video card, and just because a unit is gold rated does not mean it is automatically fantastic.
     
    While not a bad PSU, the EVGA BQ series does have a few issues that mostly become apparent when running it with a high end GPU. Its a lower end PSU that was never intended for such uses.
     
    Overall performance is not great when pushed hard, and because the BQ series uses a double forward design, it is likely to be noisy when running a spikey modern GPU. Also, it has some improperly set or N/A protections, which can be an issue. 
     
    I would consider replacing it with a better unit for your system. 
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