Howdy, pilgrim. Welcome to another power supply review. Today, we're taking a look at something unusual for us... a unit that is only available in Europe that can only be plugged into a 230V AC source. This is our second look at a Silentium product, the first being the Supremo M1 Gold we had a look at back in April.
It is also only the second 230V only unit we've seen, after the first one tested out so bad that it earned Gutless Wonder status here at the site. One hopes that this one will fare better, as the Silentium people seem like really nice people who just want their little company to succeed in a big world. Not that I'm going to hold back if this Vero M1 600W decides to under perform for us, mind you.
Let's talk about some of the marketing points on the front of the box before we go any further. I see a 2 year warranty mentioned... not sure I like that. As I mentioned with the EVGA 400W last week, I personally start wondering a little when I see these coming in at something less than the 3 year industry standard.
However, unlike that unit, this one is certified by 80 Plus so at least we should see some decent efficiency. I should note, however, that the requirements for 80 Plus are different for European 230V only units. More strict. In North America, 80 Plus only requires 80% or better efficiency from 20-100% loading, with a power factor of 0.9 at full power. But this one? Power factor needs to be 0.9 at half power, and efficiency must be 82-85-82% at 20-50-100% loading instead. That's a bit harder to do in a budget unit, and yet thanks to the higher line voltage not as hard as you might think.
Moving to the back of the box, we find quite a bit of Polish, this being a Polish company we're dealing with. I was informed by my contact at Silentium that the load table on this is actually incorrect with respect to the 12V rail, and that it is rated to 49.6A. That's a tiny error, though... we can let that go. Good to see all the protection circuits listed here, though I see nothing in the way of overtemp protection. That might be a big deal later, or it might not be.
Another side of the box shows us a bunch of logos. Naturally, this "not available in North America" unit has no UL approval logo, but I'm going to run it anyway with some help from Kong, the big 1kW step up transformer that sees very little action around here.
I think Kong's already chomping at the bars of his cage anxious to get at this unit. So far he has a 100% kill rate with the stuff he's been plugged into, and I think he's developed a taste for it. This could be a fun review later. Then again, the only thing he's been plugged into was that Ace Power, so we'll have to see what happens.
How about some more marketing? No? You're ready to start unpacking the box?
Me too. The box doesn't offer a whole lot of protection for the unit inside, but isn't too bad in that regard. I've seen worse.
Inside the box, we have a Shuko power cord, a warranty guide, some zip ties, some screws, some modular cables, and a power supply. I'm ok with the accessories this comes with, but with this unit completely lacking any kind of user guide I will be scoring against that later.
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