PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W PSU
Posted by: Dan on: 02.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Rewiring a case is by no means a simple task, combine this task with a P180 and water-cooling in the way, and you have nothing but fun times ahead.
Due to the added length of this PSU, I had trouble fitting it into my bottom chamber with the fan attached to its pull out slide. Fortunately I was able to take the ‘slide’ off and screw it onto the frame directly. This meant that the cables from the PSU were bent at their max, but I was happy as I didn’t want to leave my hard drives with passive cooling only.
When cramming the wires for my hard drives in the bottom chamber, I did notice one advantage to having the cable ends unsleeved. They were able to be bent easily into position and tucked away between the drives. Whether this is intentional we shall never know, but it is a silver lining all the same.
There was only one major problem I had when installing this PSU and that stems from having the PSU mounted at the bottom of the case. The 8pin 12v aux connector on my motherboard is right at the top of the board, with previous PSU’s this has not posed a problem, but with the silencer, the 8pin connector was not long enough to reach round the motherboard and to the connector. To make the wire reach I had to run it across over the motherboard and in-between the memory modules. This stops me from using one of the slots, fortunately I wasn’t using it, but if all 4 of my memory banks had of been full, the cable wouldn’t have reached the 8pin connector. The number of people who will have this case/motherboard/PSU combination will be very small so it will make a mute point for most, but it is worth pointing out all the same.
The PSU installed and wires tidied. Job’s a good ‘un.
A close-up shot of the PSU in its new home. I had to shove all of the unused cables under the PSU to keep things tidy. Time to start testing.
Intel E6600 @ 333FSB.
XFX 7950GT XT
Realtek PCIe x1
Swiftech Watercooling loop:
Non removable disks
2x160GB WD caviar (RAID 0)
Stock DVDRW, FDD
Readings were taken of all the voltage rails at Idle and Load. To ensure full load the PC was set running with the following applications ORTHOS, Adaware smart scan, Importing a CD with iTunes and running the 3d mode on ATI Tool. This put load on pretty every much component in the computer. All voltage readings were taken with a digital multimeter.
The silencer stays close to its rated voltage at all times. I can honestly say I this PSU has the tightest voltage regulation (aka how close the output voltage is to what it should be) that I have ever seen. Job well done PCP&C! +12V +3.3 +5V Min 12.02 3.34 4.92 Max 12.04 3.34 4.94 Average 12.03 3.34 4.93
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