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    Arrow Silverstone SFX 300W Review

    Most of the power supplies we review here are the standard full sized PS2 form factor. You know, the ones that go into 99.9% of the cases that are sold today. But these do come in smaller packages, like the SFX form factor. For my first review of 2014, I'm looking at Silverstone's brand new ST30SF. This is a tiny little SFX unit that somehow manages to boast a semi-fanless design capable of full power operation to fifty degrees.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=368

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    Are they "PS2" openings? I am pretty sure PS/2 systems had a weird format of power supply, and you mean ATX in the several locations you put "PS2" (which is also usually written PS/2 by pedants).

    Not bad, would have loved to see what this platform could have done with better build quality and better caps.

    I've seen the short sleeving on a lot of Silverstone units. Even on my Enhance built Strider+ 850w the sleeving is a bit shorter than I'd like on the cabling. Still not as skimpy as on this unit, it's a bit disappointing to be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allikat View Post
    Not bad, would have loved to see what this platform could have done with better build quality and better caps.
    There would be absolutely no difference. It would just last much longer.
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by allikat View Post
    Are they "PS2" openings? I am pretty sure PS/2 systems had a weird format of power supply, and you mean ATX in the several locations you put "PS2" (which is also usually written PS/2 by pedants).
    The two terms are interchangeable... the physical opening in ATX cases for power supplies has been the same for ages.

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    these sfx supplies are probably the path PSU's will start going down with the new craze of mini-itx and steam boxes, silverstones modular gold unit in the SFX format is the most interesting one imo.
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=342

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    300 watt semi fanless $55, 450 watt $70, and 450 watt modular Gold (with Japanese caps) $95. Definitely frustrating pricing.

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    My ST30SF has a very annoying buzzing noise to it that sounds like an old train set transformer. At first, it was barely noticeable, but right now, it it the loudest part of my mini-itx build. I've heard what others have as coil whine, and at least this buzz is more pleasant that that. I was warned of this by a hardocpforum member, but I bought it anyway because it didn't cost too much and I could always replace IF I can find an SFX power supply that is pretty good and has no issues. I think they all do, lol.

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    Hi all.

    Can you post a picture of the thermal sensor use to activate the fan please ?
    I need to put it outside the PSU, on a passive 750ti graphic card from Palit, because my configuration does not reach the power necessary to activate the fan.

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    All available images are in the review. After a while, I delete all the originals to save hard drive space.

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    Ok. Thanks for your reply.

    the thermal resistor is the green things on this picture ?


    It seems to be the one that control the fan. Am I right ?

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