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Conclusion

The Silencer 500 leaves a great impression when it comes to external appearance and packaging, but the story changes once we begin testing with our Chroma. The performance isn't bad - in fact, it's quite good - but somehow the Silencer 500W does not have anything to do with silence when it comes to reasonable loads. The build quality is very good as always, though it seems the secondary capacitors could have been placed better and OST might have not have been the best choice. Our real complaint lies with the fan, however.

From the performance side of the equation, the power supply does well with minor flaws in output stability. The efficiency is also good, reaching up to 86% with 230VAC and up to 84% with 120VAC. The optimal load for this power supply is 100 to 200W of power - about what you would need for a decent system with a 9800 GTX paired with an Intel E8500 or Q9300. For that sort of system, acoustic noise levels should remain acceptable as well.

At loads above 200W, however, acoustic noise becomes a real concern. There is simply no need to cool a 500W power supply with a 3200 RPM fan and a resulting 35dB(A). We have tested many midrange power supplies; frankly, there aren't any that reach similar noise levels. PCP&C should definitely give a second thought to noise; with small adjustments to the fan controls, we see a chance for this unit to compete with other silent units.

In terms of pricing, we have the next surprise, as the Silencer 500 will be a bargain (relatively speaking). PCP&C is known for being more expensive than competing models, but this time they're competitive with similar quality 500W offerings. The price in the US is $90, and we're told it will be an incredible 60 EUR over in Europe. Most other 500W units are at least 15-25 EUR more. Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, Seasonic, and Silverstone all have similar US prices, and they also run noticeably quieter. However, for 60 EUR there are almost certainly users who will be willing to overlook the minor flaws in voltage regulation; if you only use 250W of load (which will be easy unless you start overclocking components), you can also keep noise levels in check. The decision is as always yours, and pricing and availability will very likely play a deciding role.
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post #2 of 14
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The optimal load for this power supply is 100 to 200W of power - about what you would need for a decent system with a 9800 GTX paired with an Intel E8500 or Q9300.
Nice, and I bet if somebody asked what PSU to get for that system on here because would be like, and I quote, "ZOMG YOUZ HAS TOZ GETZ DA 1KW PSUZ" (Translation: You have to get the 1000W PSU that you completely do not need)

Obviously that is a complete exaggeration, but you get my point, I think people greatly overdo it on the PSU most of the time on here.
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post #3 of 14
They better sell it for cheaper than 90 bucks, as the Corsair HX520 is around that price point. and a better PSU IMO.
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by wierdo124 View Post
Conclusion

The Silencer 500 leaves a great impression when it comes to external appearance and packaging, but the story changes once we begin testing with our Chroma. The performance isn't bad - in fact, it's quite good - but somehow the Silencer 500W does not have anything to do with silence when it comes to reasonable loads. The build quality is very good as always, though it seems the secondary capacitors could have been placed better and OST might have not have been the best choice. Our real complaint lies with the fan, however.

From the performance side of the equation, the power supply does well with minor flaws in output stability. The efficiency is also good, reaching up to 86% with 230VAC and up to 84% with 120VAC. The optimal load for this power supply is 100 to 200W of power - about what you would need for a decent system with a 9800 GTX paired with an Intel E8500 or Q9300. For that sort of system, acoustic noise levels should remain acceptable as well.

At loads above 200W, however, acoustic noise becomes a real concern. There is simply no need to cool a 500W power supply with a 3200 RPM fan and a resulting 35dB(A). We have tested many midrange power supplies; frankly, there aren't any that reach similar noise levels. PCP&C should definitely give a second thought to noise; with small adjustments to the fan controls, we see a chance for this unit to compete with other silent units.

In terms of pricing, we have the next surprise, as the Silencer 500 will be a bargain (relatively speaking). PCP&C is known for being more expensive than competing models, but this time they're competitive with similar quality 500W offerings. The price in the US is $90, and we're told it will be an incredible 60 EUR over in Europe. Most other 500W units are at least 15-25 EUR more. Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, Seasonic, and Silverstone all have similar US prices, and they also run noticeably quieter. However, for 60 EUR there are almost certainly users who will be willing to overlook the minor flaws in voltage regulation; if you only use 250W of load (which will be easy unless you start overclocking components), you can also keep noise levels in check. The decision is as always yours, and pricing and availability will very likely play a deciding role.
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Nice find! But you should put text that isn't yours in quote tags.
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post #5 of 14
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I have the HX520, and i'll say that this PCP&C had better be one great power supply to compete with the Corsair.
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and corsair is modular
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
Nice, and I bet if somebody asked what PSU to get for that system on here because would be like, and I quote, "ZOMG YOUZ HAS TOZ GETZ DA 1KW PSUZ" (Translation: You have to get the 1000W PSU that you completely do not need)

Obviously that is a complete exaggeration, but you get my point, I think people greatly overdo it on the PSU most of the time on here.
Yup, yup. Most everyone could make do with a 500W unit, but power supply makers made the larger units and naturally it's what the boobs think they need.
    
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by wierdo124 View Post
I have the HX520, and i'll say that this PCP&C had better be one great power supply to compete with the Corsair.
Theres this thing about PC P&C PSUs though. Mine is a "510" but thats the max wattage it pulls at operating temperatures. My actual peak is 650, plus mine has a decent warrenty.....7 years.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
Nice, and I bet if somebody asked what PSU to get for that system on here because would be like, and I quote, "ZOMG YOUZ HAS TOZ GETZ DA 1KW PSUZ" (Translation: You have to get the 1000W PSU that you completely do not need)

Obviously that is a complete exaggeration, but you get my point, I think people greatly overdo it on the PSU most of the time on here.
I think part of that thinking came from crappy PSUs. You can see 750 Watt PSUs that really can barely make what a good 600 Watt one can.
    
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post #10 of 14
i love the PCPC PSUs. my 750 is great. its big enough to power future upgrads but quite enough to keep the sound down. so this better be the same quality
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