Good day, people. I've gone green today, and not just because I ate some bad cheese for lunch. Superflower has sent me one of their new Golden Green units to have a look at, and... wait a minute here. How can you be golden and green at the same time? I hear Jurassic 5 knows what's golden... maybe I should ask Chali 2na. Or maybe I should quit goofing around and get this review going.
Today's review sample is the 450W Golden Green unit, an 80 Plus Gold certified unit. The front of the box has a bunch of marketing going on, including a statement that the unit includes parts from Infineon, "a well known German Brand specialized in Cool Mos." Well, to be fair, Mos Def is pretty cool. I respect any company specializing in Cool Mos Def. Not to be confused with other brands that specialize in Kool Moe Dee instead.
As boxes go, this one is typically full of tables, diagrams, pictures, and marketing. Here's the back, which tells you all about the connectors on the unit and shows you some basic specifications.
Nearly ever surface on this box has some kind of marketing on it. On this side, we learn again that there's Infineon inside, not to mention capacitors from Nippon Chemi-Con; the industry's go-to company for Japanese brand capacitors lately.
It's nice not to have to type out all the marketing bullet points this time. It's even nicer that this unit has high transform efficiency. I can't tell you how many times I've been playing with my Transformers wishing they would transform just a bit more efficiently.
Yet again, another side of the box gives us marketing. Nothing new in this shot... it's all pretty much standard issue power supply marketing points here. You can ignore the 3 way SLI one - it doesn't apply to this model. A 450W unit would fall on its face trying to do that.
Let's not waste any time and get this box unpacked.
Inside the box, I found a power supply, a user guide, a bag of thumb screws, and a power cord.
The user guide is a basic affair that doesn't hold a lot of information about this particular unit. It's a generic guide meant to span several models and ends up being only a small step above total uselessness.
The unit itself is done up in that matte black finish I tend to like so much.
Not being a modular unit, there are no such connectors to talk about in this shot. All the cables are nicely sleeved, however - that's worth mentioning.
Active PFC. Good to know, even though units with APFC are more the norm these days than the exception.
Ay-yi-yi! El sticker-o es... crooked-o! That would have killed part of the aesthetics score if I still scored on the way things looked. That said, I do still score on how things look in other ways. Take the fly on my desk for example. He gets a zero, because he made a mess when I swatted him.
The fan of the day is a translucent smoky colored unit. Not bad looking.
Interesting. The 12V rating on this unit is almost the full capacity of the unit in general. That's a strong indication that the unit uses the VRM idea for regulating the minor rails. Not found very often on units this small, quite frankly, because it tends to result in a pricier product.
Superflower Golden Green 450W
Max Power @ 40°C
I hope you're hungry, because I cooked you up some power supply calamari today. I'm digging the cabling on this unit. Not too many that are likely to go unused, though I personally wouldn't be put off by one less chain of Molexes. How many rigs out there even need those connectors anymore? Not any of mine - they've all gone strictly SATA, unless you count the fans in the Twelve Hundred.
Type of connector:
Superflower Golden Green 450W
ATX connector (550mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (565mm)
6 pin PCIe (565mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (+150mm)
5.25" Drive (150mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+150mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
163mm x 150mm x 86mm
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