It’s been a little while since we last looked at a Cooler Master unit here at the site, but at long last, I’m looking at one today: the Silent Pro M600. This is a modular 600W unit that promises 600 watts of good clean power while not making a lot of noise in the process. Let’s see if it can deliver.
SUPPLIED BY: Cooler Master
MANUFACTURER: Cooler Master
PRODUCT: Silent Pro M600
PROD LINK: Cooler Master’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $103.07 @ Provantage
Price is at the time of testing!
I’m going all ninja on you guys today. I figured with this week’s review sample being a Cooler Master Silent Pro M series 600W that I had good reason to. See, Cooler Master is targeting this line at the silent computing crowd, and so I figure I need to be as silent as this unit, if not more so, to be able to get the jump on it to load test it.
Did you see that? I just went upstairs for some water and came back in a split second. Didn’t notice it, did you? Well, the Cooler Master didn’t either. I think I’m ready to start this review now.
I also think I can already see some goodness up there in that first shot. 80 Plus goodness. A quick look over at their site shows it to only be certified standard, however. Well, that’s still pretty good.
I’m not the only ninja like presence in this review, for Mr. Fuji was quiet enough to sneak in and get this shot for you. “For more information, please visit our website.” What the… what kind of bullet point is that supposed to be? Hi, we don’t feel like putting any marketing stuff on this side of the box, so how about you go find it yourself, buddy?
What really baffles me is that this little blurb is repeated seventeen times in different languages on both sides of the box. Seriously. No, I’m not kidding.
Ah, so there are some marketing bullet points on the box. You just have to turn it all the way around to see them. They’re right next to the “Colse shot” section. Here they are for your amusement:
- The single rail is with up to 40A on the 12V rail, delivers where it counts and won’t have any problems powering even the most demanding SLI – really? It can power two 295’s in SLI on only 40A? That is with a bit unlikely.
- Two 6+2 pin PCI-e connectors for multiple graphic card setup
- Compliance with Intel standard ATX 12V V2.3
- Copper + aluminum heat sink design which results in more efficient heat transfer and dissipation – the hot box will reveal the truth in this.
- Flat cable design for easier cable arrangement
- Japanese-made Capacitor – just one, or is there more than one?
- Unique silicon pad eliminate the vibration between PSU and chassis
Also apparent on the back of the box is a nice fan curve graph, a load table, and a small table of specs. At this time, I would like to bow my head and say a little prayer for the Colse that was shot. I’d like to, but I’m too busy laughing at the Engrish on this thing.
Apparently, I wasn’t ninja enough, for the Cooler Master got one by me. In fact, I hadn’t been looking at the box at all, rather just a simple paper sleeve covering the box. So I took it off and gave it a Karate chop. Got a paper cut for my trouble. I may have underestimated my opponent here today.
With the sleeve off and a Band-Aid on, I had Mr. Fuji take this picture. The box itself is a glossy black affair, the top of which unfolds to reveal the goodies inside.
And the first goodies we see are a business card for Cooler Master, two of those silicon vibration mounting gaskets, an owner’s manual on CD, and an owner’s manual on paper.
Once again I was caught unawares when the power supply below the black cardboard divider took said divider and threw it in my face. I barely “waxed off” fast enough to block it. Then I got down and sanded the carpeted floor for no reason. That didn’t work out too well.
Finally, I gained control long enough to get this picture. Mr. Fuji helped when it became apparent that he’s been taking martial arts lessons from the camera of Chuck Norris himself. I’m glad he’s on my side.
So the contents of the box are one power supply, a bundle of flat modular cables, two gaskets, a business card, owner’s manuals on paper and CD, a wee bag of screws, and a… European spec power cord. A quick look back at the box sleeve showed that I had indeed gotten a European version. No matter, it’s likely the same thing as the US version, only with a different power cord.
The paper version of the owner’s manual turned out to be a bit disappointing, for there isn’t much on it. It covers the basics, and that’s about it.
The threat of Mr. Fuji’s considerable martial arts training looming, the Cooler Master decided to behave itself for a few more pictures. As you can see above, it’s done up in that matte black color I like so much.
As you can see here, the hardwired cables are done up right into the case, which is another thing I like to see.
Here’s the modular connector panel. What you’re looking at is actually a big sticker that covers the whole front panel of the unit. It’s pretty easy to see in this shot that it’s impossible to mix up the cables on this unit. The peripheral connector cables plug into those 5 pin inline connectors, while the PCI-E cables get those six pin gray connectors.
I do have a small issue with the rear grille on this unit, for it sort of projects itself out and away from the mounting surface. This could be a problem for some cases that don’t have a perfectly rectangular hole for the grille.
Cooler Master’s familiar Engrish warranty notice is the highlight of the label shot. Another highlight is the UL file number, which traces right back to Cooler Master. Unable to determine the OEM, I had Mr. Fuji threaten the Cooler Master with pain and agony, which is what he calls his little camera nunchuks, until the unit talked. Turns out the OEM is Enhance.
|Silent Pro M600 – DC Output|
|Max Power @ ?°C||165W||480W||9.6W||12.5W|
Here, the Cooler Master got sick of being photographed and tried to hit me. This time, “wax on” did the trick. Then I went outside and painted a fence for no reason. The fact that we have no fence didn’t stop me either. If the cops ask, tell them El Barto did it.
Finally, here are the modular cables themselves. As promised, they’re all the flat kind being used by the likes of Corsair and Ultra to name a couple.
|Silent Pro M600 – Cabling|
|Type of Cable||Length from PSU|
|20+4 pin ATX connector||450 mm|
|4+4 pin CPU||560 mm|
|6+2 pin PCI-e||445 mm|
|6+2 pin PCI-e||445 mm|
|Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)|
|150 mm x 150 mm x 86 mm|