PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-22-2008
Provided by: PC Power & Cooling
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Conclusions

Most people wouldn't expect a quad-core rig with Crossfire graphics cards to run well on 500W, but the Silencer is a testament to the fact that it can with a high quality power supply. Theoretically, at full load, this rig pulls about 400W, but very few power supplies rated below 600W could handle it. Indeed, on the topic of performance, the Silencer did a fine job, though I would have liked to see a slightly more accurate reading on the 5V line.

The Silencer stays true to its name, as it stayed very quiet throughout all testing. Because PC Power & Cooling puts an inch of space in front of the fan, there is very little air turbulence within the unit, keeping the air movement over the fan very quiet. While the Silencer doesn't come with many cables, it seems to have everything you could possibly need, as I had cables left over that I would never have needed to use. What's more is that each Molex and SATA cable was a different length, which went a long way towards making cable routing and management easier. Though I liked that they sleeved the cables in black mesh, it would have been nice to see them sleeve all legs of the Molex and SATA cords.

Usually, the performance and quality that PC Power & Cooling puts on the market comes at a premium. The Silencer 500W, however, comes in at about $75 USD on various online stores, which hits just about mid-range for 500W power supplies out there. Given its performance and silence, it's definitely a great bang for the buck, and earns the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.




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