PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W PSU
|PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W PSU|
|Closer Look, Features and Specs|
|Cables and Test Setup|
|Inside the Silencer 760W|
|Testing the 760W Silencer|
Today we are looking at a 760W power supply from a company that has been in the game longer longer than most companies. PC Power & Cooling has been at it long time and they should know how to make things work. The 760W Silencer is part of their "High Performance" series and comes in with an 80 PLUS Silver rating. While it is not modular, it does offer a single +12v rail for high-performance computing. It comes SLI certified and should provide all but the most extreme users with stable power and a solid user experience. While many enthusiast oriented power supplies come with large slow fans, the Silencer 760W comes with a smaller fan. It is part of their Silencer series so we do expect it to be quiet. Time will tell.
The Silencer 760W comes boxed up nicely and the box comes with a lot of information on it so the consumer can make an educated decision on which PSU they should buy. As I mentioned previously, it comes with an 80PLUS Silver rating - meaning that it will be at least 85% efficient at it poorest and must be able to maintain an efficiency of at least 88% at 50% load. The Silver rating is becoming more popular and PC Power & Cooling has power supplies that are rated higher as well as lower. This is their mainstream unit and it seems to fit in pretty well.
The PC Power & Cooling Silencer PSU looks pretty slick - the only downside is the massive amount of cables coming from the non-modular unit. I like the overall look and feel of the unit and it comes with enough stuff to get you started - although nothing really extra for cable management. It does come with a pair of reusable cable-ties that are used to keep things together during shipping. These can also be used for management inside your case. As there are so many connected wires, I'd have liked to see a few more wire management options, but it should work if you bundle everything together.
The Silencer 760W comes with all cables attached. It comes with the standard 24-pin motherboard connector as well as a 4+4 pin connector for motherboard power. In addition to these is a dedicated 8-pin motherboard connector. There are four PCIe connectors - two are 6-pin and two more are 6+2 pin. There are a bunch of drive connectors in this bundle - a total of 8 SATA connectors as well as 7 Molex connectors and one connector for a "Floppy" drive. This should be enough connectors for most people - even those building a pretty nice SLI system with a lot of drives, fans and lighting.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the Silencer 760W from PC Power & Cooling and dive right into features and specifications.