Reviews - Silver Power SP-S460FL 460W
Sample Provided by: MaxPoint (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, Mar-26-2012)

Page 1 - First Look

Rrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Sorry about that, guys. I don't know what it is, but something about today's review sample just makes me feel like my dominance in this house is being challenged. Today, we are looking at another fanless unit from Silver Power in the SP-S460FL. This particular unit is certified 80 Plus Gold, and promises to be... rrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaar!

Again, my apologies. Let's go to the next picture real quick, shall we? They're going to send out the men in white coats in a minute if I do any more yelling, I just know it. I should probably quit beating my chest in front of the living room windows, too.

Here we have the back of our box and some bullet points that look to be stuck in some weeds or something. Let me just zoom in here on the English ones.

Not too much unusual in this picture. It's a power supply, it does the things a power supply does. As such, it is compatible with the kinds of things you use power supplies for. But wait a second, here. 24 months of warranty? Are you serious? That's like saying, "Well, we don't want to give our customers the idea we don't want to hear from them, but there's really no room on a three to five year warranty to cheap out."

Well... at least it isn't a one year warranty. A lot of companies still do that. Still, why two years? Why not three, at the very least?

This is pretty much the same stuff we saw in the bullet points. 80 Plus Gold, convection cooled, active PFC... you know the drill. The question is, however, do you also know the circular saw, the router, and the cordless screwdriver? These... are the real questions of our age, people.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaw! Here's another side of the box.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr! Let's unpack the box now.

Here we have a fully modular power supply, a velvet bag, a two part bag with some modular cables, a European spec power cord, a wee bag with some screws and a case badge, and a rrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! Uh, I mean, user guide.

I hope these product shots are done with, soon. My throat's getting sore.

This is the user guide. Pretty basic stuff in here... just some installation instructions and a few notes on the unit.

One look at this unit out in the open tells us that this is a Seasonic built unit.

Another angle on the unit. Don't ask me if this one is acute, because I'm going to be deliberately obtuse about that. Just don't ask me to be straight about that, right? Why are you readers groaning? Must be some kind of reflex.

Ok, ok, I'll stop. No need to point that protractor at me, buddy.

Here's the exhaust grille of the unit - the side that faces out from your case. Nice to see the double oriented mounting holes... on a fanless unit like this, you want the heat rising up and away from the circuit board. The extra mounting holes ensure you can do that.

Side view!

Another side view!

This is normally where the fan would go, but there's no fan this time.

Here's the bottom of the unit with a few ventilation openings for... rrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Raaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr! More popular than PKZiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip or Aaaaaaaaaaaace! Ok, I'll stop now. You can put down the gorilla launcher.

Silver Power SP-S460FL

+3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
20A 20A 38A 0.5A 2.5A
Max Power

100W 456W 6W 12.5W
460W

No, I have no idea what temperature this unit is rated for. We're just going to have to wing it in the hot box testing and see what happens.

Let's take a good look at the modular connector panel of the Silver Power. Attention... install with the upside up. Once again, you do need to install this unit so that all the heat rises away from the PCB inside.

The modular cables. Pretty standard issue Seasonic stuff, here. Some peripheral cables are shorter than others to aid in cable management.

A look at the split PCI-E cable, which shares a single connector back at the power supply. This is a cumbersome approach, but there's really no easy way for Seasonic to terminate these any other way and still make sure you don't stick something where it's not supposed to go.

Type of connector: Silver Power SP-S460FL
Modular Cables
ATX connector (590mm) 20+4 pin
4+4 pin ATX12V/EPS12V connector (650mm) 1
6+2 pin PCI-E connector (600mm 2
5.25" Drive (350mm+150mm) 2
5.25" Drive (550mm+150mm+150mm) 3
5.25" to dual 3.5' Drive adapter (150mm) 1

SATA (350mm+150mm)

2

SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm)

3
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 81mm

 

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