Good day to you all once again. Today, I'm entertaining yet another 80 Plus Platinum 1000 watt unit in the lab, this time from Sentey. This one comes complete with a seven year warranty and one of those box-like constructs that companies tend to pack things in.
Let's waste no time at all and dive right in, shall we?
Ah, yes... marketing. Let's go in for a closer look.
Nothing at all here that we haven't seen before. Platinum. Seven year warranty. Supports things like CPUs and video cards. Single 12V rail promotes maximum performance. Sigh... here we go again.
I'll be honest, I don't feel like ranting on the whole single vs. multi-rail debate yet again. But I will anyway, because this just doesn't seem to be going away. Single, multi, it doesn't matter for performance as long as the unit is well designed. But it can matter a great deal when it comes to the unit shutting down properly in the face of hardware failures. You can just about arc weld with these big single 12V designs. I've seen people literally take these big single 12V units and touch the 12V wires to ground, with them not shutting down. Is that a problem? Only in relatively rare cases where a unit doesn't trip its protection on a partial short. Like a faulty SATA connector. But, as low a risk as that might be, it's still not zero risk.
That's why I don't run these big single 12V units without checking carefully each and every connector for damage or other potential issues. Then, I check the connectors of everything I'm plugging in. Then, I plug things in carefully, double checking that the connection is proper and secure before applying power. Especially on SATA connectors. You don't just want to slap a unit with a single 83A 12V rail into your rig all willy-nilly and go, "eh, good enough, let's do some gaming."
But enough on that subject. Highly resistant black painting, eh? Resistant to what, current? Damage? Armed uprisings in the streets? Change? New ideas? That paint should really be more open minded, I think. This is the twenty-first century.
Also on the back of the box, we find load tables for all units in the line.
As well as connector counts for all units in the line.
On this side of the box, we see a fan curve, details on the unit's fanless mode, and some marketing talk about a double layer main transformer. There's also a long list of certification marks, but I don't see one for the UL. That's ok... if this unit is what I think it is, it's UL certified.
Time to do some unpacking.
Inside yonder box, I found a user guide, fanless mode info sheet, warranty card, bag of screws, power supply, bag of modular cables, and a power cord.
Here's the warranty card.
And the fanless mode sheet. Looks like we can disable fanless mode if we want to... good. I like the ability to keep the fan going at all times on these bigger Platinum units.
The user guide, which goes by the name "Manual User," is next to useless. Oh, it's very pretty and well done, but there's almost nothing in here you can't find on the back of the box. It's 90% marketing. The only thing in here that doesn't show on the box is the pictured "pack contents" list.
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