Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W PSU
|Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W PSU|
|Closer Look, Features and Specs|
|Cables and More|
|Inside the SPG 1000W PSU|
|Testing the 1000W SPG PSU|
We've looked at quite a few different power supplies over the years. We've reviewed Zalman, Thermaltake, Tuniq and Ultra power supplies to name a few. Today we are looking at our first Power Supply from Cooler Master and have their high-end Silent Pro Gold 1000W unit on the bench. We will be putting this unit up against our PSU test platform to find out how it performs under a heavy load. Cooler Master does make power supplies that are rated higher, but I think a 1000W unit should be enough to power almost every system on the market today. What makes me excited is the fact that it supports a total of 8 PCIe connectors. This means that you can run a total of four large graphics cards.
The Cooler Master SPG (Silent Pro Gold) Power Supply comes boxed up nicely and is very well protected. It is a partly modular Power Supply that is rated at an 80PLUS Gold rating - meaning that it will be at least 87% efficient at any given point. It also must be 90% efficient at half-load. There are not a lot of power supplies that fit this category so it will be nice to see how the SPG stands up in our tests.
First Impressions & Bundle:
While many people will love the slightly different color scheme of the Cooler Master SPG units, I have a hard time liking the black and yellow (gold) scheme. It grows on you a bit, but as you'll see on the next page as we take a closer look at the PSU, the modular connectors and cable ends are a little . . . well, that is my personal opinion anyhow.
The PSU comes with the main 24-pin, a pair of 2x-4pin connectors and a handful of PCIe cables. Other PCIe, SATA and Molex cables are modular - and we'll cover them more in detail on the following pages. Cooler Master has included a nice pouch in which you can store your extra cables and this pretty much completes the bundle.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the Silent Pro Gold 1000W unit and dive right into features and specifications.