For testing today, we decided to install the Silentmaxx 580W IC-Tech PSU on our IC7-MAX3 testbed.
|Processor:||Intel Celeron D 320 (2.4GHz) @ 3.24GHz|
|Memory:||512MB Corsair XMS PC4400 CAS2.5|
|Graphics Card:||ECS ATI 9200 128MB|
|Hard Drives:||Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM|
|Add-On Devices:||Thermaltake HardCano 13 & Matrix Orbital MX610|
|Cooling:||5 x 80mm case fans|
|Case:||Chieftec Server Chassis|
|Power Supply:||Silentmaxx 580W IC-Tech|
For our usual testing power supply testing, after the system was fully loaded we first allowed the system to run idle for 30 minutes with no major extra processes running. For our load, we used CPUBurn-In v1.00 (LINUX) for the same amount of time. The multimeter we used in this review was a calibrated WinMax WIN9689. Not only were the voltage rails within reason, the power supply with connected case fans to the dedicated thermal controlled fan connectors were very quiet and continued to be fairly quiet even while the PSU was being stressed.
Although this wouldn’t be the first choice for those trying to power an NVIDIA SLI rig, this system did however prove to be reliable in our Abit IC7-MAX3 testbed along with a Tyan Tomcat LGA775 P4 system, which we later installed the PSU in for further testing. The price for this unit is fairly high at $150 from QuietPC, but considering the build quality and performance, it’s very much worth the price. From what we’ve seen today it will be interesting to see what future products Silentmaxx will be able to draw up and their attempts at creating a larger American market for its products.
· Adequate number of power connectors
· PFC approved
· 2 x Temperature controlled fans
· Build quality
· Lack of cable sleeving
· Price (~ $150 USD)
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Phoronix Product Rating: 9 / 10