External Impressions and Cables

In contrast to all the other power supplies from PC Power & Cooling the Silencer Mk III comes in a white matte coating. The fan and the fan grille are black as always, although there's a small change this time: the grille has a small Silencer logo in the middle. Like many others, PC Power & Cooling uses hexagonal shaped holes for ventilation, which are supposed to create the least are resistance and produce less noise. Other than the fan intake, there are no other openings on the power supply, so the airflow only has one path to travel.

Cables and Connectors

Connector type (length)

Main 1x 24-pin (55cm) fixed
ATX12V/EPS12V 1x 4+4-pin (55cm) fixed
PCIe 1x 6/8-pin (55cm) modular
Peripheral 2x SATA (ca. 55, 70cm) modular
2x SATA (ca. 55, 70cm) modular
2x SATA (ca. 55, 70cm) modular
3x Molex, 1x FDD (ca. 55, 70, 85, 95cm) modular

There are three Molex and six SATA connectors attached. Moreover there is a 4/8-pin connector for the motherboard and one more plug for a graphics card. You won't be able to run an SLI or CrossFire setups, but one connector is exactly as much as we would expect from a 400W power supply. In addition all cables are quite long which is nice when using a large PC case. All modular cables got a black cable sleeving, just like the fixed ones.

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  • iamkyle - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    How about the ability to compare this unit with the other ones that Anandtech has tested.

    So we can see the differences among units, no?
    Reply
  • piroroadkill - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    If you want more indepth reviews of PSUs, you should head to http://www.jonnyguru.com/ first. Reply
  • iamkyle - Sunday, May 20, 2012 - link

    But that's my point...every other review on Anandtech is very in-depth...except PSU reviews. It's the weakest link in the Anandtech review chain.

    I just want things to be on par.
    Reply
  • ectoplasmosis - Monday, May 21, 2012 - link

    Agreed.

    This review is particularly bad... in scope as well as being very poorly written, with many superfluous and awkwardly-worded sentences.

    "A small sticker is within the scope of delivery as well"; what is that supposed to mean? Reads like something an immature student attempting to feign verbosity would write.

    This sentence simply doesn't make any sense whatsoever: "The build quality is very good as always, though it seems the converter type is a very common choice these days, especially since the crossload performance is mediocre". Bizarre use of the language.

    And describing sound levels as "small fan noise" and "strong fan noise" with no quantitative measurements? Ridiculous, especially for an Anandtech review.

    Ditch the reviewer and get someone in that knows what they're doing when it comes to testing and writing about PSUs.
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  • ETPrice - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - link

    This whacky language is the kind of nonsense you can get from some machine translations from a foreign language. Someone may have taken foreign text and run it through a machine that is not up to speed with the complexities of the English language. You also get this kind of nonsense when a non-speaking-English author does a literal word-for-word translation from his or her own language. " It don't work!"

    The review should have been sent back to the author;i.e., rejected. That's what editors are for.
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  • average_joe - Thursday, May 24, 2012 - link

    Or http://www.hardocp.com/reviews/psu_power_supplies/ Reply
  • jabber - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    Are baffling. I removed the huge one in my Corsair 750W. I also replaced the leaf blower fan for a low start power 1700rpm one. Works a treat now. Reply
  • plonk420 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    and this company once said that modular was baaaaad. still, i have 4 PCP&C here... :D Reply
  • Homeles - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    PCP&C doesn't even exist anymore... they've been bought by OCZ, so this is essentially an OCZ power supply with some PCP&C stickers on it. This particular unit was built by Seasonic though, which was PCP&C's original OEM. Reply
  • Operandi - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - link

    OCZ owns them but they still exist, a buudy of mine had to get a RMA for a refurbished Silencer that turned out to be DOA. PCP&C support is the same as it allwyays was, no holding on line and a real American on the other end as sell as a RMA number with minimal hassel.

    Product lines remain the same, this is just the continuation of the Silener line which was always OEMd by Seasonic.
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