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Strange smell from my VX 550


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Hi everyone!


I bought today my new Power Supply Corsair VX550W and installed it into my System, because I got new hardware like Athlon 6400+ and GeForce 8800 GTS. But there is sth wrong about it.

In the first 5 min everything was fine... but after a short time the USP smells reallly strong like smoke, or sth. burned and the PSU got really warm. This happened the first time in my Computerhardewaresystem. Before the VX550W I had a 400W PSU that worked without any Problems. I also checked the cablesystem, so that they are in such position without any confrontation with any other hot things like CPU or MB-chipset.


I understand that it is more warm with 550W, but i can't understand the fact that it stinks so much... and while I played a high perfomanced game the hole elictricity in my room shut down.


I hope someone of you can help me with this Problem.

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I would recommend that you try the PSU functionality test from the following thread in our forum: http://www.asktheramguy.com/v3/showthread.php?t=63991.


If the PSU smells when you do this test, then it's coming from the PSU and should definitely be replaced, if the PSU seems to operate normally then there may be a faulty motherboard, CPU, etc.


If you would like to get the PSU replaced, please use the On Line RMA Request Form and we will be happy to replace it.

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I tried to do the functionality test for a while, but now the PSU isn't working anymore! I conected the PSU even with my Computer again, but it's definetly not working. In my point of view the PSU is total defect. I think that's the result of that strange smell.


I will request a new one.

Anyway, thx for the help and have a nice weekend

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