Last month we looked at the Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W power supply and were very pleased by what it had to offer. In fact, we liked it so much that we wanted to see just what its little brother, a 1200 watt model had to offer.
Little is such a relative term here as the unit we're going to look at today is still capable of 1200W. Cooler Master set the bar really high with the Hybrid 1300W and this new 1200 watt model has a lot to live up to.
Today's review is of the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W. It still boasts the same quad-GPU support, 80Plus Gold efficiency and more power for your PC than your nearest thee neighbors combined can use. It does drop a few of the features though. This model isn't fully modular, doesn't include the integrated fan controller and has a few less connectors available.
The lack of the above items make the unit feel like a little bit more of a "normal" power supply. At the same time though, by reducing the number of features Cooler Master was able to reduce the cost of ownership.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Cooler Master chose to utilize a single 12V rail on the Silent Pro Gold 1200 power supply and it is capable of 98A of power! This isn't quite the full capacity of the power supply, but very close. The 3.3V rail is rated for 22A while the 5V rail is rated for a tad more at 25A. Both combined are capable of 150W. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3 amps. This is almost identical to what is offered by the Hybrid 1300W unit that we liked so much last month.
Once again, Cooler Master misses the full line of checks by just a tiny bit. Protections a plenty, this unit has all that you can ask for. All of the native cables are fully sleeved and all modular cables are of the flat ribbon type. The unit is rated for 80Plus Gold efficiency, but stops just short of filling out the list as it isn't rated for 100% continuous output at 50C. Instead, the unit is rated for 100% continuous output at 40C. Close, but not quite.
Cooler Master has the Silent Pro Gold 1200W for sale direct from their website for $279.99. Fortunately it can be had for much cheaper elsewhere. Tiger Direct comes in cheapest once again for Cooler Master with a price of $194.99 after a $20 MIR and free shipping. As long as you can score it for the rebate price, it is a very attractive offering. Cooler Master gives the Silent Pro Gold 1200W unit their customary five year warranty.
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