Combine the Power of 2 PSUs with the Phantecks Power Combo

The latest top of the range power supplies from companies like Corsair or Seasonic can pack well over a thousand watts and come with enough 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe cables to support 4-way graphics arrays. They can also set you back a pretty penny. Cheaper alternatives for higher power delivery have historically involved linking a pair of PSUs together in one rig. One age old method, passed down to me from an old OC sage I used to know, involved the use of a simple paperclip. A handy, if inelegant solution to a problem.

The people at Dutch component and accessory design house Phanteks have come up with something much improved on the old paperclip, creating the Power Combo, a device that allows you to safely and efficiently combine the power of two PSUs. This not only helps to address the need for ridiculously high power output when pushing high performance hardware to the limit, it also adds redundancy in case of PSU failure.

“With the ability to combine two power supplies, the Power Combo can give you a higher maximum power output than all the power supplies in the market while still maintaining stability and performance. [A] redundant power supply architecture concept prevents the system from shutting down when one power supply fails. This ensures that all your vital information and data will not be interrupted or lost.”

The Phanteks Power Combo will available in the retail channel from April 2016, priced at €39.90.

Via TechPowerUp.


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Taiwan sdougal says:

A useful bit of kit for benching multi-GPU setups?

United States MR. Horse says:

I wonder if this is safe?
I'd like to see the inside of it.

CL3P20 says:

Redundancy is not exactly what XOC are concerned with.. as N+1 is still only the supply of 'N'. If you were actually using more capacity than just one PSU and failure occurred you would not have sufficient power to maintain the system... so this is not 'redundant'. Interesting idea for daily high-end system users.. but for XOC.. i think not.

TheGamingBarrel says:

CL3P20 said: Redundancy is not exactly what XOC are concerned with.. as N+1 is still only the supply of 'N'. If you were actually using more capacity than just one PSU and failure occurred you would not have sufficient power to maintain the system... so this is not 'redundant'.

Interesting idea for daily high-end system users.. but for XOC.. i think not.


Get 2 2KW PSUs, then never care again :D One drops out and it would most likely mean nothing :D

United States rtsurfer says:

TheGamingBarrel said: Get 2 2KW PSUs, then never care again :D One drops out and it would most likely mean nothing :D


Running Quad SLi.
2KW gonna be enough..? I think not. :rolleyes:

United States MR. Horse says:

Quad 120w CPUs with 4 300w gpu's ? we need 4kw psu's

United States MR. Horse says:

A paper clip works better.

United States techjesse says:

wrong Mr. Ed! Not while running Ln2.

United States MR. Horse says:

And why is that? I never had problems with a simple ground wire or paper clip with dice, so I can't see why ln2 would make any diffidence.

United States techjesse says:

Argumentative Mr. Ed? You can keep your paper clip! LOOOL :p

United States rtsurfer says:

NVM

United States MR. Horse says:

Only thing I can see is condition on the clip. I'm a little confused now and would to like to know if I was doing something wrong all these years...

United States techjesse says:

On reboot or shut down both power supplies will start simultaneously when the power button is pushed, and both will also shut down when the system is shut down, not pulling the paper clip and plugging it back in every time, risking a meltdown. It’s Elementary, Watson :) Lol

United States MR. Horse says:

I see, I always used a breaker with a clip on both psu's. I guess I'm a little too old school when it comes to sub zero.

United States techjesse says:

Having the cable for the operation of two PSUs is more convenient so you can focus on benching the task at hand. :)

United States MR. Horse says:

I find the 2 paper clips and the power strip I already have are free. No since in bying a 12$ cable that would only add a to the mess. Or that's just my thought. But if you works and you already have one, use it I guess

United States techjesse says:

You can only lead a horse to water.......

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