Power Supply The Pico Thread

Biowarejak

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The use of Pico PSU's seems worthy of discussion for use in future projects and such. I figure this is the best place to kick off the conversation. I don't have much to ad myself, But I would love to hear more from you all before I go that route with an internal AC-DC solution. :)
 

InfernoZeus

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I've been reading a bunch about these recently. This thread in particular was very useful.

Could someone summarize the trade-offs between using an internal AC-DC vs an external AC-DS? (both using an internal PDCB)
 
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CXH4

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I've been reading a bunch about these recently. This thread in particular was very useful.

Could someone summarize the trade-offs between using an internal AC-DC vs an external AC-DS? (both using an internal PDCB)

I think the main trade off is that your PSU is on the outside, and more than likely passively cooled when you switch from ATX/SFX PSU to a Pico PSU. Depending on which manufacturer you get it from you may have power restrictions. You gain more space and remove a source of heat from your chassis. That's most of what I can think of at least lol
 

AleksandarK

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Pico PSUs have lot more benefits than drawbacks, as it dumps less heat into the the case( especially in the super tiny cases). I dont personally mind external brick, as long as there are not more than two(for monitor and for PC).

And not to be promoting myself, but i think that this may be good guide.
 

Elerek

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In my case I'm looking at maybe using a pico or similar dc-dc psu because it lets me put the 1u power supplies I have on hand to good use in my next build. They're slot in redundant psus that only output 12v. The pico branded psu's use 19v, but GUnique's take 12v.
 

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The only downside to pico is power capabilities and the lack of a standard ac-dc system to complement it.

If you could have a single AC DC solution to complement your PDCB and a 6 pin pcie kit then it'd be a lot more accessible.

This I believe should be a more focused area as we have hit a plateau with SFX power supplies, especially when considering internal options.