There still seems to be some lingering questions or doubts about Antecâ€™s NeoHE line of power supplies. Let us be clear:
You can buy NeoHE with confidence.
First, I don't know if people here say it enough, but thanks for participating! I wish more manufacturers were "hands on" in these forums.
I appreciate everything you've said here in the way of a recap, but I want to tell you that I for one still don't feel I can "buy with confidence". There needs to be more formal disclosure from Antec. Phrases like "incompatibility with some versions of Asus A8N or P5 family"
are still a little too vague for me (and perhaps a little sugar coated since, as has been born by the forums, the issue affects more than those two MB lines).
-What EXACTLY was/is the problem?
-What EXACTLY did Antec do to the design to "fix" it?
Since you link to the thread on minimum loading of high efficiency power supplies, we can only deduce that you are trying to say (but not actually saying) that that is the heart of the matter. If so, what have you done to fix it? Have you lowered the min load requirement, or did you just add a resistive load in the PS as a band-aid? Where on Antec's site is an official statement about which Serial numbers or revisions are fixed and which are not? How many pre-revised versions are still in the channel?
Please believe me when I say I WANT to buy a NEO HE, but because it is at the very limit of what I'm willing to spend, I cannot do so because of the "risk" involved: yes, if I buy one and it doesnt work you will repair/replace but the cost of shipping a unit back, even just once, puts the overall cost of the product above what I'm willing to spend. Sure, any power supply can fail down the road and need to be sent in but we are talking "odds" here and odds are not good enough on the Neo HE working from day one, or at least, odds are better on other products, including Antec's own SmartPower 2.0 for example.
Even if I hypothetically buy one today and it works with my current hardware (older P4 2.4), I'd be worried that when I next upgrade I'll run into an issue.