PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W Power Supply

Not too long ago, I took a look at a new PC Power and Cooling unit that turned out to be just plain awesome: the Silencer Mark III 1200 watt unit. Today, I’m looking at the little brother of that unit, the 850 watt model. We’ll find out today if this 80 Plus Gold unit can match up to the high standards set by the flagship of the line.

SUPPLIED BY: PC Power & Cooling
MANUFACTURER: PC Power & Cooling
PRODUCT: Silencer Mk III 850W
PROD LINK: Mk III 850W Product Page
PRICE: $169.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of mayhem, madness, and Angry Birds. No, wait, that’s not right. Sorry guys, I just got my first smartphone about a month ago and can’t keep my hands off that game. Why thank you, I do believe I’ll enjoy life in 2010, thanks for the warm welcome!

While I’m stuck in the past, I’ll be reviewing a power supply from the present: the PC Power and Cooling Silencer 850W. This is the little brother of that big 1200W monster I had a look at earlier, though it is only certified 80 Plus Gold rather than Platinum.

I’m going to apologize up front for Mr. Fuji again. I haven’t had the chance yet to procure his replacement, and I suspect he’s been hitting the Sake again as some of his pictures for this review are a little off. Then again, he’s always had a hard time photographing white stuff on white backgrounds.

Before too long, I hope to have the details of Mr. Nikon’s contract all worked out so he can get started here at the site. But for now… take it away, Fuji.

Here we see the usual marketing points for a modern PC P&C unit. Of course, full rated output is provided at temperatures up to fifty degrees. I’d expect no less from a company initially known for bringing high-grade server units into the mainstream.

Naturally, the single 12V rail thing makes its appearance known again. I’ll say it again… a well-designed unit is a well-designed unit. They can come in both single 12V and multi-rail. Personally, I still get nervous running big single 12 units… they do present inherent risks due to the current draw levels involved. Do you think a 100A single 12V rail is going to shut down on a partial short? Think again. You could arc weld with that much current.

Fortunately, this unit is on the smaller side of things as far as this goes, and issues with single 12V units are still pretty rare in the first place. It doesn’t pay to be too worried about it.

An early preview of our load table on the unit.

Here we see that PC P&C has gone for a fan mode switch in the design of this unit. You can use it with the fan always on, or go into semi-fanless operation. I’ll cold test it in semi-fanless mode so we can find out where the fan kicks in, but will probably throw it into fanned mode for the hot tests.

Modular is nice. A seven year warranty is nice, too.

Another side of the box holds this here large graphic of the cabling on the unit. We’ll get into that in more detail on the next page.

For now, we’ll just unpack. I have to say the unit looks well protected in there.

Let’s see… we have a power supply, user guide, bag of knurled screws, a bag of accessories, a warranty sheet, a bag of modular cables, and finally a bag of power supply.

The user guide. I’ll be honest, it’s a bit light on technical details, but it’s got all the basics in there.

Stupid, stupid, STUPID boomerang birds!!! If I could just reach into this thing and wring your scrawny necks, I’d… sorry. I’m supposed to be reviewing a power supply, aren’t I?

This is the warranty info sheet included with the unit.