How to Select a Power Supply for Your PC

There are certain business implications when choosing the right power supply for the PCs for your company. These include everything from considering the impact of your ICT provision on the carbon footprint and green energy, to how high the power output needs to be.

Add to this the need to keep costs low and there is plenty to factor into the decision-making process. Here’s a look at how to choose the output that works for your business.

It’s Who You Know

The best starting point is to ensure you are looking at power supply units by manufacturers that have a good reputation. Research the company to find out what feedback it has for its products and compare and contrast the reviews to see which ticks the boxes.

In addition, the highest-quality units are usually heavier and have better, more detailed internal components. Look out for larger cooling fans as these tend to make less noise while circulating the air.

Size it Up

Find out how large you need your power output to be. When you have a series of PCs that require power, it’s important to work out what the best option is for your business.

A lot of manufacturers list the power supply units (PCU) in watts and the higher the wattage, the more power the PCU is supplying. Generally, each PC power supply will range from 200 to 1,800 watts.

If you run an SME, you will need to consider the available electrical output, as anything higher than 1,800W requires more than the standard 15-ampere outlet. Therefore, in order to select the size that suits your company, it’s worth using one of the online tools that are available to find out which power supply suits your needs.

Be Efficient

Look out for the efficiency rating. The higher the efficiency levels of a unit, the better it is. This is because the components will be first-class, ultimately leading to less waste of power. Plus, it will be cooler, which means less noise from the fan.

For example, if a PCU has a rating of 50%, this means that half of it is powering your system and then the remaining 50% will be the heat that is lost.

Choose a Rail

You will also need to decide between a single-rail or multi-rail power supply. Single-rail means power is available to all components that are connected to the unit, while multi-rail allows the sharing of its output. The one you choose depends on the number of PCs you need to power at once and for how long. Companies such as XP Power offer a range of rail options.

Are you searching for the ideal PCU? What wattage will you be choosing?

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