Codegen P-Case 460W

Codegen is a well known brand for inexpensive power supplies. The P-Case 460W has passive PFC (no universal AC input) and no finish since most customers simply don't care how a PSU like this looks like. In addition there is no sleeving for the cables. The delivery contents of the case/PSU bundle include a power cord and all necessary screws. You'll note that there's no 80 Plus certification on this one, which isn't too surprising considering the target market. Read on to find out if this PSU is still recommendable.

The casing is very simple and grey with a length of just 14 cm. According to the label this PSU has a single +12V output rated at 25A, which is not much. +3.3V and +5V are specified at 26A and 20A. Those outputs have no combined power rating, which is quite bad for our calculation but we tried to focus on the smaller rails since they are stronger. The total power is 460W.

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  • Belard - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    There is junk like this all over the world, *cough* raidmax. Or even worse no name brands. Its bad enough they low quality, but the fake labels don't do anyone favors. If they slap on a 200 Watt label, a customer will be less likely to blow something up. 200w is okay for a bottom end system.

    They also fake rating tests by running the psu in a frig room.
    Geez... spend the extra $10 bucks. Cheapest good psu I buy sometimes is the 430w thermaltake. None have failed. Usually $35 before rebate.
  • Movieman420 - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    If your budget is that tight it's fine to go for a cheap psu, just try your best to research before you buy...find out who builds the low end units for brands like Corsair, Antec, Ocz etc and try to locate a no-name version. I agree with an earlier post...anything much under $50 is probably gonna be questionable.
  • knedle - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    In Poland, people usually call it not Codegen, but Coedsh***.

    Right now it's pretty hard to find their PSUs in stores, but few years ago they were used in some low end builds in which customer wanted "something to browse internet and really cheap case + PSU". I have helped many customers that had real problems because of those cheap PSUs - not only computer not turning on, but also damaged motherboard or hard drive due to PSU supplying 7V on 5V lane, or even 14V on 12V lane.

    Buying that it's total waste of your money.
  • ZippityZoopBop - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    Yeah, somehow I'm not surprised that Codegen is still pushing out shitty products. They were terrible a decade ago, and it's a real shame that we don't have some form of international governing body to stop these fire hazards from making it to market.
  • WT - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - link

    At 30 EUR, it seems like you do get what you pay for, but a hot deal does help every now and then.
    Currently, Best Buy is selling an Antec 450w PSU for $30 + FS, making this a very attractive PSU for a mid range system build. Check out the thread in the Hot Deals forum for a link and more info.
  • dj christian - Monday, May 7, 2012 - link

    Martin while you are at it are you going to review a Hantol PSU with fake 80-plus certification and with a fake pfc made of cement? Just for laugh i mean : )
  • frontwing - Thursday, December 26, 2013 - link

    Used this PSU in a Codegen case icw a budget gaming system for almost 3 years
    without any problems.

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