PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk.III 850W Power Supply Review
As was the case with the previous Silencer Mk.3′s that we have reviewed PC Power and Cooling create a great first impression with this PSU. The packaging feels decent quality and the PSU is protected well inside by various materials. Once it is removed from the protection the PSU continues to impress with a good quality finish and solid feeling chassis. The white/black colour scheme really stands out and we love the modular connectors which are used here, really making for a unit which has visual appeal. If we had to be really picky the lack of a mixed cable (featuring Molex and SATA connectors on one wire) is disappointing but that’s really the only notable "issue" and something we have noted before on this range.
To be clear, mixed cables are a huge bonus as those annoying components which require a single Molex in modern systems can be connected without adding in a full cable of Molex. Just use the one on the mixed cable that is already installed for SATA drives… much more tidy.
Anyway, inside the PSU we find quality branded parts and some nice little touches such as a decent amount of separators, ties and adhesive which show care was taken with the assembly. This good level of build quality is backed up by some decent performance offering stable voltages, gold level efficiency and good temperatures. As before we also very much liked the ability to run fanless up to 50% load which means many systems will have a "fanless" PSU under normal desktop conditions.
In terms of value a standard bundle mixed with 7-Year warranty is good and the high level of quality ensures the $170 price tag is not excessive. Another strong entry in the Silencer Mk.3 range.