TYVM for the wisdom
so given the topology of the current fanless units the super flower is still the preferred platform over seasonic? and enermax is simply being "generous" in their power rating? as overbuilt as these units are, i don't doubt any of these PSU's being able to pump out 650w but enermax is simply putting that on the sticker instead of holding it in reserve? I guess what i'm asking is are there technologies that may account for the varied wattage ratings while still accounting for efficiency and thermal load?
this might sound really stupid, but is there such thing as a solid/polymer cap for these sizes that can account for the claims enermax are making for a 650w unit? and would that account for the fairly substantial increase in rated wattage while still safely remain passive? I'm still trying to wrap my head around the large increase in rated power considering previous attempts have only yielded 500w units. in previous wattage jump, (from 400w to 500w passive) there was an increase in efficiency to partially account for the additional thermal load. however this time, the units are already platinum rating and the jump is quite substantial. this makes me wonder if there was a different technology involved to make it possible?
i mean afaik, relatively little have changed in PSU design and material in recent years. usage of higher quality components has allowed greater efficiency, but nothing i can think of that would account for a jump from a 500w class to a 650w class w/o a substantial thermal load increase. or are they simply banking on the fact that the silent computing crowd would never pull 650w from their rigs? or maybe they are just offering shorter warranty on an otherwise "lifetime quality" unit?
I guess I need to wait for the enermax unit to get reviewed to see what they have up their sleeves. as for the reason to do this, i've wanted to get a passive PSU for a LONG time now (since the antec phantom days). I know it's completely pointless since PSU is usually one of the quietest part in a proper build, but it's something i've been wanting to do for a long time. it's one of those stubborn aesthetic choices that i've made so i feel good inside type of thing
it was the reason I bought an FT02 since i feel it is the most logical chassis if i was to build an entirely passive machine. (missed out on the zalman TNN500AF
but i feel good enough about the rotated mobo design of the FT02 to give it an attempt) CPU coolers are powerful enough these days that ivybridge/haswell can be passively cooled w/o much issues (delidded with better goop applied obviously) should be even easier when broadwell comes around and another TDP drop on that 14nm tech. GPU is coming along with passive 7850 although i may have to wait another die shrink since i've moved to 1600P resolution recently. it's been a decade long project that is finally starting to see possibilities with emerging technologies