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PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk.III 600W Power Supply Review

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk.III 600W Power Supply Review

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk.III 600W Power Supply Review

Real World Testing

So, what do these excellent controlled results mean in a real world environment? To show this we take two steps. The first is to build a setup which resembles an enthusiast system. In the case of the Mk3 600w we assembled the following components:

Intel Core i7-990X CPU
Corsair H70 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard
3x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
1x Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
1x OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS SSD
2x WD VelociRaptor SATA Drives
Corsair 600T Case
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive

This creates the basis for an enthusiast system with significant power use. Added to this we have 2x20cm case fans and various USB devices (keyboard, mouse, wireless-n) which draw additional current. The most significant being the Razer Megalodon headset with built in USB soundcard.

With the system set-up we then test noise, exhaust temperature and min/max power use on the new samples, a current generation PSU design and a comparable model from 12-24 months ago in real world use.

  Noise Exhaust Temp Minimum
PCP&C Silencer Mk.III Idle 26dBA 34°C 174w
PCP&C Silencer Mk.III Load 28dBA 40°C 373w
Hiper 880W Idle 45dBA 34°C 177w
Hiper 880W Load 48dBA 46°C 380w

In this test we are able to see what the Silencer Mk3 can do for an end user, it is able to power our system with a reduction of a few watts under load when compared to an older model. Load temperatures are also a little better on the PCP&C unit however the real win, as we would expect from a product named "Silencer", comes in the form of noise levels where this PSU is significantly quieter.

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