For quite some time now, Silverstone's been on quite the mission to shrink their units into ever smaller packages. In the time I've been doing this, they've only gotten more and more serious about it, and with no adequate response from the competition I had just about given up on anyone trying to compete with them.
But from the looks of today's review unit, that is about to change. Here's a unit from Corsair, the SF600, that looks to tackle the Silverstone SX600-G head on. Same power, same efficiency, same housing dimensions. Should Silverstone be worried? We'll see. Meantime, we're here in Tazz' house again to take a good hard look. Why Tazz' house? Well, he has an SM-5500 and I wanted to play with it some more. Tazz had to run to the Tazz store and buy some Tazz things, so he asked me to fill in for him. Also, Izzy the pug needs some spoiling again, and I'm always up for that. Treat, Izzy?
There's a lot of bragging going on with this box. Corsair's really trying to make inroads into the SFX market, it seems, because the marketing is all up in our faces already. Seven year warranty. 80 Plus Gold. Fully modular. Japanese capacitors. Fanless mode. Promises are being made, here. Promises!
And there are more promises here, mainly that this brings excellent electrical performance with it. Good. That Silverstone was a decent performer... it's going to take a bit to keep up with it. That said, I remember calling Silverstone out for their capacitors on that unit. This one, with the all Japanese caps, already has an advantage there.
Just in case you missed the marketing on that first review image, here it is again. Looks like we're reviewing a <squint> power... supply... <unsquint> of some sort.
Power supplies have cables. A pixie told me so. This power supply looks like it's entirely dependent on ribbon cables. Nice, but somewhat of a drawback on the main ATX. I do score on that for functionality.
It's time to unbox the unit now, and... is that a copy of War and Peace?
No, wait, it's not. It's a massive user guide. Corsair's definitely attacking Silverstone where they live on this one. That said, Silverstone still has the edge with their dual manual levels of overkill. This one's lacking in specs like full power operating temp and covers all models - Corsair still wants you to get the detailed electrical specs from their site.
Also in the box, we find a warranty guide, bag of goodies, power cord, power supply in velvet bag, and modular cables in velvet bag.
Accessories include some zip ties, a case sticker, and some screws. This unit isn't wanting for anything there.
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