Seasonic SnowSilent 1050W Power Supply

Seasonic comes to us again today with yet another unit promising awesomeness. Folks, meet the SnowSilent 1050 watt unit, an 80 Plus Platinum beast of a power supply that promises not to annoy you with a loud fan. I can’t wait to see how it does.

PRODUCT: SnowSilent 1050W
PROD LINK: SnowSilent 1050W Product Page
PRICE: $219.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Well, folks, it’s finally happened. I’ve found a retail box whiter than I am. Meet the brand new to the market Seasonic SnowSilent 1050 watt unit, an 80 Plus Platinum beast of a unit that ought to be amazing considering whose factory it came out of.

Before we get too far into this, I want to make you a promise right now… there will be no Darrin O’Brien related puns or jokes made during the course of this review. I’ve already done that in another review, and I don’t like to repeat myself. Consider yourself informed. Okay, okay, just that one. No more Snow jokes starting… now.

Like most other Seasonic units, they have some things they want to tell you about on the box. We get all the usual stuff, like 80 Plus Platinum blurbs, pictures of things, and graphs, but there looks to be one important difference in this unit: the fan.

Folks, Seasonic, and Sanyo Denki have been joined at the hip for so long that it seems really odd to me not to see them marketing one of those fans here today. Instead, we appear to be getting an FDB fan, which makes me wonder if Seasonic is now starting to feel some pressure from the competition to be more silent. See, Seasonic units of late have had a stellar reputation for being super good, but they haven’t been the quietest things around. Looks like Seasonic simply sees the subtle signs that Sam and Sally sort of slightly want something un-loud to stick in their systems.

Like many boxes, different sides say different things. Here’s what I found on this side: some connectors, some specs, and a load table. It looks like this unit has capacity much like the 1050W XM2 unit I looked at recently. Perhaps they are based on the same design. It would make sense.

It is time to unpack the unit. And I would do so if the act of opening the box hadn’t blinded me. There’s just way too much white going on around here… I need to get myself some different colored backdrops for units like this. Also, I need to remember to set Mr. Nikon to shoot RAW next time. Fiddling with white balance in JPEGs is irritating.

Here’s what I’m pretty sure came in the box: some modular cables, a bag of accessories, a power cord, three bits of documentation, and a ghost. Yeah, I definitely need a black or gray or some other color backdrop next time.

One of the little pieces of documentation I found in the box is this here recommendation on how to set up high power video cards. While this is a sensible precaution, especially if you’re a crypto miner like I am, I would rather see the dual PCI-e cables able to fully support the maximum load designed for the connectors. Now that Seasonic has drawn attention to this, I think I’ll look at the wire gauge on these cables on the next page and see if their cautionary warning here is wise.

Ah, good. Seven-year warranty.

What is not so good is the manual this time out. It has the basics in it, but only the basics. There are no specifications at all, and the number of pages is way down from the manual found in the box of the XP2 Gold unit. This will be scored on, even if I like Seasonic’s tree saving approach on this one.

The bag of accessories had a lot of stuff in it. Eight zip ties, three bags of velcro cable ties, a case sticker, and some screws. Very nice.

Okay, you know what? I’m taking this white bedsheet off the table before I start shooting the power supply itself. It’s never good when you can get snow blinded inside your own house.