PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500Wby Christoph Katzer on June 9, 2008 2:00 AM EST
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Opening the unit reveals a typical Seasonic design, but this time the heatsinks are arranged to better accommodate the 80mm fan setup. Seasonic normally cools this design with a 120mm fan blowing at the top of the heatsinks, so the heatsinks benefit in that case from a shape that will allow air to pass through vertically. This time the air comes from the sides and the back so they can be closed to the top.
There is a Nippon Chemi-Con cap installed on the primary circuitry, and the secondary features wildly placed OST RLX and RLS series capacitors. OST are often used by Seasonic, but they don't have the best reputation. In addition the caps are placed in between the cables and look like wild mushrooms growing in all directions. Internal appearance and performance are different areas, and it's possible to have an "ugly" interior while still providing high quality power. We'll see if that's the case here in a moment.