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Back in March this year we took a look at one of PC Power & Cooling's enthusiast power supplies, the Silencer 760w. We found that silver certified unit to be well built with great performance for its class and it won our gold award.

Not everyone has the need for such a high wattage unit or the free cash to afford one so to meet the needs of those consumers PC Power & Cooling are today launching the Silencer MK3 series in wattages ranging from 400-600w. We have the 600w model on our test bench so let's find out if the latest Silencer model finds that nice balance of price, quality and performance.
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Great PSU in this price range, based on the proven Seasonic S12-II platform (but modular).

And it is actually close to being fully modular, unlike some other units that still have a ton of hardwired cables (*cough* Corsair TX750M *cough*)

Here's JonnyGuru's review:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=263
Edited by 996gt2 - 12/19/11 at 12:19am
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So they finally moved to larger overhead fans and modularity, but with a mid-range unit? Is that what I'm reading? I'm not berating it here; it's a wonderful start (better than I expected going in), but I hope higher end units compliment these later. That's what people expect of the name.
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Is there anything besides floppy drives that uses the floppy power connector? It just doesn't make sense to me.

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Is there anything besides floppy drives that uses the floppy power connector? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Some fan controllers, bay inserts (card readers/hubs/etc) will use them. Kinda useless really though, you can always get an adapter if you really needed one.
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Is there anything besides floppy drives that uses the floppy power connector? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Some fan controllers do, but not many devices these days. Molex to floppy adapters do exist, so PSU manufacturers could probably drop floppy cables altogether and just include an adapter.
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Is there anything besides floppy drives that uses the floppy power connector? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Well my Asus Xonar D2X soundcard uses it, since the PCI-E 1x slot does not give it enough power alone!
Other than that, very few things actually use it. Some soundcards and fan controllers is all I can think of!
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Well my Asus Xonar D2X soundcard uses it, since the PCI-E 1x slot does not give it enough power alone!
Other than that, very few things actually use it. Some soundcards and fan controllers is all I can think of!

That's silly, the PCI-e 1.1 spec is for 75w, 150w for PCI-e 2.0. Sounds more like a regulation thing.
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Is there anything besides floppy drives that uses the floppy power connector? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Some fan controllers and bay inserts, even some high end soundcards do. My own SB X-Fi card does, and the bay volume controller does as well.
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That's silly, the PCI-e 1.1 spec is for 75w, 150w for PCI-e 2.0. Sounds more like a regulation thing.
Is that for all of them, or just the full 16x slots? The sound card(s) in question mostly uses the 1x slot.
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