Date: October 7th, 2003.
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: SilenX Corporation
PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
There is good ventilation through the rear grill, and
upon opening up the unit, I discovered two large heatsinks. (I do not
recommend opening a PSU unless you know what you are doing. There is
enough juice is a PSU - regardless of whether or not it is plugged in
- to kill you.)
The PSU's guts are fairly tight, but in perfect order.
Air flow inside of the unit is not a problem.
As I mentioned before, the fan grill is held in place
with rubber stoppers, instead of screws. This helps lessen any kind
of rattling or vibrations, and ensures a very respectable level of silence.
One of the pins was sticking out a little on the unit
I received, and having never seen this type of pin in a PSU, curiosity
got the better of me. I removed the pin and was surprised to see that
it wasn't just a rubber coated screw. The entire pin is rubber. Placing
the pin back into the slot proved to be a little more challenging than
I'd anticipated. At first, I thought I could pull it in from the inside,
but seeing as it was from the bottom right corner, there was no way
to reach it without very thin, long, needle-nose pliers. Seeing as mine
were at work, and I was at home at the time, I had to think of something
else. I tried soaking the pin in hot water to make it softer and easier
to push in, however that proved rather futile as well. In the end, the
solution was quite simple and didn't damage the pin at all (which was
fairly important to me). I found a very small, flat screwdriver, and
gently pushed under the head of the pin (there is a small protrusion
just under the head which must be pushed through the fan grill hole,
as well as the hole in the PSU case). The screwdriver didn't damage
the pin and ensured that the fan and the fan grill were held securely.
With the case cover screwed back on, it was time to test the unit.