Date: October 7th, 2003.
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: SilenX Corporation
SilenX is dedicated to bringing the finest online purchasing experience
for your computer needs. Whether you are a corporate professional, a
student or a home user, we guarantee that you will enjoy our quality
goods and services. SilenX began as a system integrator in southern
California building computers for small to mid size corporations and
home end-users. Since 1995, we have specialized in developing high end
systems utilizing the latest technology. As a result of focusing on
higher end systems, we have always had a need to build systems with
high end cases and high quality cooling equipment. Our experience in
the business allows us to practice quality service and support to our
Ask anyone who has ever built a computer for a client
and they will tell you that nine out of ten times, the client does not
care what power supply unit (PSU) is installed. They may specify a preferred
wattage, however rarely will they ever ask for a proven, quality PSU
from a reputable manufacturer.
There is this popular misconception that all PSUs are
created equally, and nothing could be further than the truth. A cheap,
generic P.O.S. can cause system failures due to instability (remember
that the voltages cannot fluctuate too much lest it damage your hardware),
and over time, your hardware suffers.
"A recent study has shown that power and heat issues make
up for over 80% of system failures." - SilenX (instruction sheet which
accompanies their PSUs)
Most technicians and modders appreciate the importance
of a quality PSU, however even they do not take enough pride in this
precious piece of hardware. Check out some signatures on hardware/modders
forums, and you will notice that many of the users list the contents/specs
of their systems. Sadly, I have rarely ever seen a PSU listed.
I have an Antec TrueBlue 480 Watt PSU in my main rig,
and I've got nothing but love for that baby. Today, I've got the privilege
of reviewing the SilenX 400 Watt PSU… and you will be interested to
hear what I've got to say about this quiet, little powerhouse.