Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W PSU
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-29-2008
Provided by: Cooler Master
First Looks

The Silent Pro M arrives packaged nicely in an attractive, butterfly-styled box. Along with the power supply itself, you'll find: all modular cables necessary, a European power cable (I'm assuming this will be changed for release in the US), screws, front and back mounting PSU silencer brackets, and the necessary documentation.

The included silencer brackets snap into pre-cut holes in the back and front of the PSU for a secure fit. While the thick, soft silicon brackets are sure to reduce vibrations, they also have potential to cause trouble with installation.

Fitted to the standard ATX size, the Silent Pro M has an attractive matte black finish covered with Cooler Master logos. At the front of the power supply, we find a honeycomb grill that shouldn't restrict much airflow. This grill protrudes from the power supply a bit to account for the extra width the silicon silencing brackets would add.

On the bottom of the power supply we find the 135mm cooling fan behind yet another Cooler Master logo. The fan grill was a bit scratched upon arrival; it seems like Cooler Master should have put some protective plastic over the center. In the second shot, we can also see the power chart that is on the side of the unit.

Around back, we find the modular cabling connections. The Silent Pro M is completely modular with the exception of the motherboard and CPU connectors. Molex and SATA connectors go into the four slots on the left, and PCI-e connectors go on the right, as indicated on the clear chart painted on the unit.

The motherboard and CPU power connectors are sleeved in traditional mesh cable-sleeving with heat-shrink wrapping at the ends. The motherboard connector is 20+4-pin, and the CPU connector is 4+4-pin so you don't need to worry about having two connectors.

The rest of the cabling comes in a very sleek flat-style sleeving. This is very similar to the Flex-Force cable sleeving that Ultra Products has been employing on their power supplies for several years. This style of cable management is very good for laying wires flat against the case and routing them around tight corners.

There are more cables included than you can fit in the modular connections of the power supply, which gives some freedom of choice to the user. There are three SATA cables, each with three SATA connectors on them, two Molex cables with a total of five Molex connectors and one floppy style connector, and two 6+2-pin PCI-e connectors.

Continue on as we run some tests on this unit…

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