PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W PSU
Posted by: Dan on: 02.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Take the silencer out of the box and you will be greeted with it all nicely wrapped up like this.
The side on display in your case (provided you donít install it upside down for some reason) just has a serial number and SLI ready sticker. No wattage ratings here like most other PSUís.
Instead we can find the wattage ratings on the top of the PSU. There is no techno-speak here, just plain ratings and organisations it has been certified by.
The other side of the PSU has a small vent to let air in, maybe that coil you can see there needs slightly extra cooling, who knows.
The bottom of the PSU is bare, nothing but the brushed metal finish here. You wonít notice from these pictures alone, but this PSU is actually about an inch longer than the standard ATX PSU size, why? Itís all to do with the fanÖ
To make the 80mm fan as quiet as possible, PCP&C have decided to leave an inch of space from the back of the fan to the components inside. This is because quite a lot of fan noise is caused by air turbulence from things blocking the airflow of the fan.
Whether this works I donít know, but I do know that the added length will cause issues installing in some cases (like my P180 for example). More on that later.
The other side of the PSU (front?) shows us that this PSU is not actually modular. This is probably to free up the extra space needed to create the fan clearance needed talked about previously.
The main connectors are the 24pin motherboard connector, and the 4pin and 8pin 12v aux motherboard connectors. It should be noted that due to this PSU being EPS rated, the motherboard connector is not able to be converted into a 20pin connector, for anyone who needs this much power it shouldnít be a problem, as all enthusiast boards have 24 pin motherboard headers.
The SLI connectors are an interesting affair, as PCP&C give you a regular 6pin one and a 6pin with an adaptor to make it 8pin. So no good for SLI with two 8pin graphics cards, this wonít be a problem for the vast majority of users though. (adaptors are also floating about that covert 6 pin to 8 pin).
The PSU has 8 Molex connectors and 1 floppy drive connector. For some reason a couple of the Molexís have blue caps on, maybe a few spare caps in the box would not go amiss.
The Molex cables originate on three different cables from the PSU, each one is about 6 inches longer than the last. Unusual design to me, but in theory it makes sense. One thing that I am disappointed on is that so much of the wires have been left un sleeved. It surely canít cost PCP&C that much to braid and shrink wrap the last bits of the cables, and it adds so much more to a clean look.
There are 2 cables with SATA power connectors, and the cables follow the trend of one being 6 inches longer than the last. Again for some reason the ends of the cables are left un sleeved. That wraps it up for physical layout, so on we go to the installation.
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