Power Supply

Oct 31 2013

News - Anandtech Compares Bronze & Platinum PSU

Selecting an efficient power supply unit (PSU) can have a significant affect on system power consumption. I've never taken the time to compare bronze and platinum rated PSU, so it was nice to see a quick comparison between the two. To be fair, it wasn't controlled enough to make any broad conclusions (a larger sample size would be required for that), but it's great to see the impact in real terms.

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part, we’ve long since moved beyond the days where power supplies that cost under $60 are garbage. There are plenty of decent power supplies available, particularly if you don’t mind taking a step down from the latest and greatest in terms of efficiency. Anyway, I was helping a friend put together a new PC the other day and it got me curious.



Jan 13 2013

News - Silverstone @ CES 2013

Silverstone offers a plethora of enclosures for the HTPC enthusiast and after our visit with them at CES this year, we're excited to see them expanding their offerings. Perhaps the most intruiging new enclosure shown was the Thin Mini-ITX PT13. The black brushed aluminum chassis is the most compact Thin Mini-ITX enclosure we've seen and utilizes a custom CPU cooler while passivlely cooling the rest of the system. Read more to see all the photos.

Apr 13 2012

News - Passive Power Supply Roundup

SeaSonic X Fanless

Few things can take the shine off a new HTPC faster than a noisy fan, and few components are more likely to be the source of that noisy fan than the power supply. There are many ways to hide the sound of a CPU cooler and eliminate case fans, but for most folks, there is little remedy for a PSU with a buzzy fan. This is where passive power supplies come in. Choose a power supply without a fan and you are one step closer to a silent PC, but given how few passive PSUs there are on the market at a given time and that passive PSUs tend to be rather expensive, how to choose? A noisy PSU is bad enough, but a poorly built passive PSU zapping your precious components is even worse. How fortunate then that our friends at X-bit Labs have put together a roundup of some the best passive PSUs available today. They don't include my personal favorite, the SeaSonic SS-400FL, but they do have its big brother and three other top-notch contenders.

I am sure that anyone would love to have a quiet power supply unit in their system. The products addressing these wishes are the fanless PSU models, which have no noise-making components by definition. Today we are going to talk about four products like that from Enhance, Kingwin, Seasonic and Silverstone.

X-bit Labs


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