Date: January 28th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The first order of business is to get the silicone gaskets installed. Frankly, these are accessories and do not, in any way, affect performance. What these gaskets will do is help prevent any internal PSU vibrations (from the fan, for instance) from being transmitted to, and amplified by, the computer chassis.
When installing the mounting screws, care should be taken to snug the mounting screws only tight enough to hold the PSU in place. If the screws are too tight, crushing the gaskets, the vibration isolating properties will be lost.
Now, we just need to connect the Silent Pro up to the system and see how it does. There is a guide printed directly on the case that illustrates the proper sockets, but they aren't interchangeable so this operation is virtually idiot-proof.
The flat, modular cables are easy to route and their monochrome black color scheme blends right into the case environment. It isn't much of a chore to accomplish a very tidy installation using this PSU, but let's hold final judgement until we get a look at the performance data.
For this review, I'll be using one of my ol' reliable test systems. I've had this in several cases as well as the test rack. The hardware consists of the following:
- DFI Infinity P965-S motherboard
- Intel E6600 CPU @ 3.2 GHz w/ Cooler Master Hyper Z600R cooler
- EVGA 7800 GT CO w/Accelero S1 passive cooler
- Buffalo Firestix PC2-6400 (1024mb X 2) memory
- Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W PSU
- Western Digital Raptor 740 SATA hard drive
- Western Digital WD3200KS SATA hard drive
- ASUS DVD-RW SATA drive
Testing consisted of monitoring voltages from the +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails while the system was at idle, and during multiple passes of OCCT on both cores while running loops of 3Dmark05. Voltages were monitored with a digital multimeter. Over several days of testing, including overclocks exceeding 30%, rails were rock stable and not one power issue reared its ugly head. The results are as follows:
The results were excellent and unsurprising, given the specifications. The measured voltages were very close to their respective targets and there was very little ripple on any of the rails. The fan was essentially silent throughout the several days of testing and, as one would expect from a PSU with this kind of efficiency, the Silent Pro 600W puts out very little heat.