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Connectors

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply Review

Being that this is not a modular power supply, we have a large bundle of wires sticking out of the back. Luckily for us, all of the cables are nicely sleeved making organization during installation easier. They also appear to come with adequate lengths for all connectors.

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply Review

We were also pleasantly surprised to see a 6+2 pin PCI-E connector. For those of us lucky enough to have, say a Nvidia 9800 GX2, you will be well prepared with this power supply.

Installation and Setup

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply Review

Since this is a Silencer series power supply, we thought it would be fitting to install this power supply into our Antec Sonata III. The Antec Sonata III is whisper quiet in terms of noise and installing the Silencer 610 into this case will allow us to test the manufacturer’s claims.

With dimensions measuring 5.9”W x 3.4”H x 7.1” D, we had no problems installing this power supply into our mid-sized ATX case. The only concern that I had was with the length of the supply and how much room I would have with the Optical drive. Fortunately, this wasn’t a problem. I even had room to neatly tuck all of the unused cables. Being such a relatively small case, we had no problems with the lengths of any of the cables, nor the size of the power supply.

Test System and Setup

Since the 610EPS12V is a mid-ranged power supply, we threw it in a mid-ranged setup. I have no doubts that the components of this setup will never come close to pushing the limits of this power supply, but we try our best.

  • Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.40GHz processor
  • Foxconn P9657AA motherboard
  • Patriot 2 x 1GB PC-6400 DDR Ram
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA300 hard drive
  • Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH 256MB Videocard with Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 cooler
  • LiteOn 20X DVD+/-RW SATA Drive

In terms of testing, we need to drive the computer as far as it would go with the components we had on hand. To do this, we played a DVD movie in the optical drive, ran a scandisk on the harddrive, and ran a 3dMark06 benchmark to get the videocard smoking. On top of that, we ran OCCT to really stress out this system. For noise, we positioned a sound meter 6” from the rear of the exhaust fan of the power supply. Readings were taken at both idle and load conditions.

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