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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

SilenX 400W PSU Review
By: DMOS
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    2003-11-07

    Table of Contents:
  • SilenX 400W PSU Review
  • First Impressions
  • Specifications and Features
  • Putting the SilenX to the Test
  • Conclusion

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    Most cases today come equipped with a standard power supply unit (PSU). Often, those included units are cheap and lightweight. That's where companies like PC Power and Cooling, Antec, Enermax, Fortran, and SilenX come in. The unit we are reviewing here today is from the last manufacturer in that list, the SilenX 400W. As you can tell by the name, the main thing SilenX is going for is quiet computing. Usually quiet is associated with crappy, but no longer; Zalman has carved out an entire niche catering to this market. Now SilenX is tossing their name into the hat. How will their newest PSU perform? [::DISCUSS::]

    Usually people don't give too much thought to picking a power supply. Most cases, in fact, now come equipped with a standard power supply unit (PSU), and most people just take that as it is. However, in a lot of cases, those included units are cheap, lightweight, and have both horrible power regulation and current handling characteristics. A computer is not going to gain extra 3DMark points by adding a better power supply while staying in stock form, nor is it going to show any other kind of performance gain that you can notice through your desktop. That said, the integrated circuits and motors that are in your computer do not appreciate fluctuating voltages, and could be damaged by them. In the long run, a quality PSU will last longer itself, and will help in that for the rest of your components.

    This is where companies like PC Power and Cooling, Antec, Enermax, Fortran, and now SilenX come in. They each have something to offer that goes above and beyond what a generic PSU will do for you. The unit we are reviewing here today is from the last manufacturer in that list, the SilenX 400W. As you can tell by the name, the main thing SilenX is going for is quiet computing. Usually quiet is associated with crappy, but no longer; Zalman has carved out an entire niche catering to this market. Now SilenX is tossing their name into the hat.

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