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This is a discussion on Difference between Antec TP-650 & TP3-650? within the RAM and Power Supply Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. pc-specs.com says Antec TP-650 PSU is compatible with HP N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX MOBO. I have a TP3-650 PSU, is this the same


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Old 07-18-2019, 07:13 AM   #1
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pc-specs.com says Antec TP-650 PSU is compatible with HP N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX MOBO.

I have a TP3-650 PSU, is this the same as the TP-650?

Current PSU is original 300w.
Reason for changing: recently replaced bad HDD with a SSD and a new HDD for files.
I had to use the CD connector for the new HDD as PSU only had 2 connectors available.
My tp3650 has 3 available.
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It looks like the TP3 has 3 separate 12V rails while the TP has one. Multi-rail systems was a marketing thing back in the day that really didn't pan out. The idea was you could distribute and isolate the loads better with separate rails. But in reality, it added unnecessary complexity to the PSU. Also, because the PSU needed to keep some power in reserve on each rail, it meant total power was never really available to the connected components. This is not a problem if the PSU is big enough, but some considered it a waste. A well designed single-rail system proved to be just as stable and more reliable due to fewer parts. Simpler is better in this instance.

As long as everything is "ATX" compliant, you should not have a problem. But it looks like that Antec could be well over 10 years old. Since everything inside a computer relies on good, clean, stable power, it might be time to shop around for a new supply anyway.
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Thank you. The PSU is out of my 12 year old system that stopped working about a month after upgrading its CPU and PSU (11 y/o), so the PSU has very low hours on it.

Would I be better off just getting a sata/LP4 Molex adapter to connect the CD drive? (I do have 1 Molex plug available off of the current power supply). (The HP hpe-400y has 2 sata and 1 Molex plug).
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The PSU is out of my 12 year old system that stopped working about a month after upgrading its CPU and PSU (11 y/o), so the PSU has very low hours on it.
I'm confused. You just said the PSU is 11 y/o. So how does it have low hours?

I don't know about better off, but those adapters work fine - as long as your PSU can support the upgraded CPU.
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Thank you for your answers.
I upgraded the CPU and PSU in another PC and after one month that PC quit working.
So the PSU was only used for that one month.
I think I'll just use an adapter on the plug.
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I upgraded the CPU and PSU in another PC and after one month that PC quit working.
That's the problem with trying to keep anything old still working. You replace something and then something else decides to break. You can milk things along and generally save money in the long run. But eventually, it starts to nickel and dime you to death and it just becomes time put the poor thing down and buy new.

Fortunately, those adapters are cheap.
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