Selecting The Right Power Supply for your Needs

The necessity of the right power supply is an often underappreciated component. When picking the right power supply, you will face an array of options. Power supplies are graded according to their efficiency, while they also have varying wattage. You’ll also have to decide on the cabling. Picking a quality power supply can mean the…

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What are Redundant Power Supplies?

When the reliability of your system is essential, and a sudden loss of power would lead to disaster, you need more than just one reliable power source- you need multiple. Redundant power is a crucial component in data centers worldwide. The Power supply is like the heart of a system, it is very critical to…

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NetStors Expansion Product Line

Creativity should not be restricted by your host computer; PCIe expansions provide fast and reliable data throughput as well as bandwidth for users in different fields. If you’re a demanding laptop or desktop user and you want a high-speed, low-latency, external PCIe expansion solution, there are an abundant amount of possibilities out there for you but some…

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A Quick Guide to PCIe Cards

PCI-What? Introduced by Intel, PCI Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express), officially abbreviated as PCIe or PCI-e, is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for computing and server applications. It became the first of its kind in the early 2000s and has now become the standard in over 900 member corporations throughout the world. The…

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Thunderbolt ™ 3 and the future of USB-C

In the world of USB ports, Intel has been establishing its future with Thunderbolt 3. For some time now Intel has been in an attempt to solidify a high-speed universal port and cable for all PCs. This process looked far-fetched until the company took a different approach to USB protocol and the USB-C port. After…

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Open Frame vs Enclosed Power Supplies

What are the differences between an open frame power supply and an enclosed power supply? What distinguishes open frame and enclosed power supplies is a basic difference in construction: with one, the power supply’s components are covered on all sides by a metal casing and with the other; the power supply’s components are attached by…

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Server Monitoring Essentials

If you’ve ever owned the same computer for more than a few years, you’re most likely very well aware of the kind of performance loss that occurs to them over time. More often than not, a majority of this performance loss is caused by a lack of maintenance. Consumer electronics do not reap the benefits…

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Switching Power Supply’s Safety Reports and Certifications

Switching power supplies are basically certified to IEC 60950-1. In general, the power supply’s safety reports and certifications are required for the actual installation besides the manufacturer’s datasheet. Failure to follow these can cause delays when system certification is required. Normally there are three main documents involved: CB certificate, IEC 60950-1 CB report and/ or…

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How Altitude Affects the Design of Power Supplies?

In general, power supplies that meet the IEC 60950-1 safety standard are designed to operate at commercial and residential areas, where altitude can vary from slightly above sea level to as high as 2,000 meters. However, many power supply manufacturers provide units that are designed to operate at higher altitudes, up to 3,000 meters or…

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What is Output Power Derating?

All power supplies have a specified “Operating temperature range”. For example, a particular 500W switching power supply has an operating temperature range from “-20°C to +70°C”. However, the specification may also state “Output derating linearly above +50°C”. So what does this mean? Most power supply manufacturers provide output derating curve (see figure below) to make…

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Cooling Methods for Open Frame Power Supply

In an ideal world all the energy input to a power supply would be converted to useable electrical output power. Unfortunately real life systems incur losses and like all other types of power supplies, open frame power supplies generate heat which has to be dissipated during system operation. Key components that contribute to such losses…

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The Future of Redundant Power Supplies: PMBus

There are many potential benefits that a 100% digitally controlled redundant power supply can offer, including improved efficiency, reliability, and flexibility, so it may seem strange that the majority of power supplies in the market today function using controllers that communicate based on many basic analog protocols. This however, is primarily due to the lack…

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Three Major Things to Consider with a Server Chassis

Many people don’t even consider the benefits of having a decent server chassis and altogether disregard the expansion limitations they might reach down the long road. In fact there are two primary server problems that can be routed back to a server’s chassis – overheating and server expansion limitations. Consider these three major points when looking…

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A Lightning Fast PCIe Expansion Solution!

If you’re a busy laptop or desktop user and you want a high-speed, low-latency, external PCIe expansion solution, there are plenty of options out there for you but, some of the most compelling solutions are those that operate using Thunderbolt technology. Thunderbolt is a revolutionary interface that allows you to share raw PCIe, audio, and video data between your devices and right now its one of the fastest ways to do so.

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Why 80 PLUS Power Equals Energy Savings

When it comes to buying a new power supply, it’s easy to overlook the supply’s efficiency in favor of other stats like the supply’s max power output etc., but the fact of the matter is, you’re still paying for the energy that your power supply isn’t putting into your system. That’s where the 80 PLUS rating becomes useful.

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Thinking Outside with the PCIe Expansion Box

In this computer-driven age of constant updating and downloading, the amount of data that can be transferred has become paramount to the success of every piece of technology out there. Consequently, the computer community is presented with a new type of connection or “slot” on the computer’s motherboard that is intended to dramatically increase the…

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