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Five Way Performance PSU Roundup - SilenX 400

It wasn't too terribly long ago that the power supply was just another component that had to be bought when it was time to build a new system. But times have changed with the advent of the newer more powerful computers hitting the market. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at five power supplies and gives some solid answers as to whether it might be just the right one for your own system.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 25, 2003 4:00 am

SilenX 400

 

 

Our third PSU to look at is one from a company called SilenX. While not a brand new company, they are relatively new to the enthusiast market. They have been in the business of making both OEM corporate and high-end systems since 1995, so we looked forward to seeing a new name in the marketplace.

 

 

As for the power supply, it has the outward appearance of a regular, run of the mill PSU, but don't let that fool you. It offered the highest total amperage levels in total output of any of the 400 watt models tested. We're talking 30A on the 3.3v rail, 40A on the 5v rail and 18A on the 12v rail. Unless you're running multiple peltier cooling devices and some lighting, odds are slim that you'll come close to maxing out this PSU.

 

Connecting it to your goodies is done by means of six 4-pin Molex connectors and a single floppy drive connector. As with most modern units, it comes with both the 12v supplementary 4-pin connection and the Auxiliary connection for use on Pentium4 motherboards. Something unusual about the Molex connectors is that most of them are single ports on a strand. One set was made as a double (for either dual hard drives or dual optical devices), and the rest were strands with a single Molex connector on the end. While this may create the need for some creative wire tucking, it should make it very easy to reach any peripheral located anywhere within the case.

 

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