Installation is straightforward. However, the cables really should
have been longer. The unit was installed into a Cooler
Master Cosmos and the 8-pin cable barely reached on the Gigabyte P35-DS3P
motherboard. We even had to remove the twist tie that keeps the cables bundled
together close to the power supply. That gave the extra inch or so to make it
to the plug. It's true that most cases have their power supplies above the motherboard,
but the trend that started with the Lian-Li has become much more mainstream with
the Antec P180 and SilverStone
Temjin TJ09. These cables definitely need to be a bit longer.
The hardware used included an Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 overclocked
to 3010MHz, OCZ Flex XLC DDR2-1150 memory, Gigabyte P35-DS3P, Gigabyte 8800GTS
640MB, Chaintech AV-710, NEC ND-3540, and four Western Digital Serial ATA hard
drives. Due to the lack of ATI CrossFire support under Linux, we were unable to
test this power supply in a MultiGPU configuration. When running the PC Power
& Cooling 750W Silencer PSU in this test system it operated very quietly.
We couldn't complain about its noise level and all around when it came to the
operation we hadn't run into any technical troubles. For looking at the performance
of this power supply we had recorded its voltage rails using a digital multimeter
when the system was idling within GNOME and recorded the voltages a second time
after running loops of Doom 3 and CPUBurn-In. The idle and load tests had each
lasted for 30 minutes. Below are the results.