Hate loud computers? Think there's no cure for noisy fans in a power supply? Iím going to tell you about a noiseless PSU for your ATX computer, a Silentmaxx unit from QuietPC USA. To find out, you must read on, my friend.
QuietPC USA has a thing against noise, so much so that every product they offer is designed to eliminate as much noise as possible. That includes sound-deadening cases, low db fans, and this 0 db power supply. That's right, 0 db, as in absolutely and completely noiseless, as in fanless. Today I will evaluate the Silentmaxx Fanless 400W PSU.
What You Get
QuietPC offers the unit on their website (at time of writing) for $247.
Opening the box, we find a pretty blue PSU with 20+4 ATX connector, 6-pin PCI-e, 4+4 12v2, one floppy, two SATA, and five 4-pin molex-style connectors. Note I said molex-style; these "smart housing" connectors fit into typical hard drive or CDROM power connections but are designed to ease removal during maintenance. All connectors are blue.
Also in the package is an European power cord (the company, Silentmaxx, is German), mounting screws and, curiously, a Silentmaxx 80mm fan.
All the wire bundles are sleeved in blue (though it's painfully transparent to me, as can be seen in the pictures) and the lighting power switch is also blue.
An interesting innovation, the unit doesn't have a 120/220 switch on the back, instead (according to the documentation) it performs the appropriate conversion internally, though I have no access to a 220/50 power source to verify that.
The documentation is minimal and, unfortunately, little more can be found on the Silentmaxx website (the site being in German only didn't help, either). In fact, everything in the accompanying pamphlet can be found on the box itself.
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