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Seasonic Super Tornado 350w PSU Review (Page 1)

We checked out Seasonic's 460 watt PSU some weeks ago. Today we've got their smaller and cheaper Super Tornado 350 watt PSU on the test bed. Read on as Mike puts it through his usual torture test to see how it stands up to the challenge!
By: Mike Wright from Mar 2, 2004 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Seasonic


It used to be that when it came to the purchase of a power supply for your PC, all you had to do was go down to the local geek store and pick up whatever happened to be in stock. Power levels along any given voltage rail and total output weren't things to even be given a second thought. But then there came the enthusiast machine and the world changed.

Now instead of picking up what was cheapest, you had to take into consideration what kind of peripherals you were going to install, figure in the number of optical and physical drives while still leaving some headroom for future expansion or overclocking. My how the world was turned on its ear!

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion regarding how much power is really enough. A common recommendation (even in our own forums) is to get nothing less than 400 watts of total output, and even then buy only from a proven manufacturer.

So consider my surprise when the folks at Seasonic asked me to take a look at their Super Tornado PSU with a total sustained output rating of 350 watts! Could it stand up to the rigors of an enthusiast rig? Can it live up to the hype printed on its own packaging stating "The advanced choice for gamers & overclockers"? And at only 350 watts? Let's find out, those are big brave words to be spoken!

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