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Is Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W a good quality PSU?

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August 13, 2010 7:50:51 AM


Hello,

I would like a quick check to know your opinons of this PSU:

COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO ATX12V 2.3 700W

Is this PSU of good quality?

The rest of the components should be:

ASUS P7P55D-E LX
Intel Core i7 870
3 x hard drive
1 x SSD
Single not decided GPU

I do belive it is a bit overkill with 700W, but it is for a friends new PC and he wants 700W for the PSU to last for a long time even if adding more hardware into the case.

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August 13, 2010 7:56:12 AM

I wouldn't buy one.

Your friend will have a substantial amount of money in the system. Stick with brands like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or other reliable brands.
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August 13, 2010 8:03:56 AM

It's a quality PSU from Enhance electronics. However, If you are thinking about install two high performance graphic cards in SLI/CF I recommend you to buy a PSU with four PCIe conectors (two of them should be (6+2)-pin conectors). If not, this PSU is able to handle even a GTX480. If the price is good, go for it.

You can find some qualified reviews about this unit in the "PSU Review Database" (see my signature).
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August 13, 2010 8:42:19 AM

jsc said:

Your friend will have a substantial amount of money in the system. Stick with brands like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or other reliable brands.


Yes, it will be a PC that he will put some money into, so it should also have only quality part. You do not recommend Cooler Master at all for PSUs?

Henry Chinaski said:
It's a quality PSU from Enhance electronics.


I bought a Cooler Master Silent Pro ATX12V 2.3 600W for myself earlier this summer and was told that here that it was a good quality PSU. It seems to be working fine too, but I could not really tell to be honest.

Henry Chinaski said:

However, If you are thinking about install two high performance graphic cards in SLI/CF I recommend you to buy a PSU with four PCIe conectors (two of them should be (6+2)-pin conectors). If not, this PSU is able to handle even a GTX480.


There should be no dual GPUs in this build, and most probably not a real high end graphic card either, just a good one, but not decided yet.


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August 13, 2010 8:52:37 AM

If that's the case... Then why not a VX450W?
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August 13, 2010 8:57:16 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
If that's the case... Then why not a VX450W?


As in that 700W is too much? I guess it is overkill, but the buyer wants the PSU to be as future proof as possible.
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August 13, 2010 9:30:57 AM

davcon said:
Yes it's a very good psu.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article936-page1.html


Thanks for your reply and the link. It was a impressively serious review.


Some price comparisons:

The prices in local webstores (Sweden) is about this:

COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO ATX12V 2.3 700W $137
CORSAIR TX 750W ATX12V 2.2 $163
CORSAIR VX 450W ATX12V 2.2 $99

The Seasonic M12D suggested from hell_storm2004 above does not seems to be available here, the closest I found is this, however at a quite high price.

SEASONIC X-750 750W MODULAR $261


The PSU wished should be of good quality, modular, enough power for future upgrades in the PC and as silent as possible.

Should the CM Silent Pro 700 fit this?
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August 13, 2010 9:47:07 AM

The CM Silent Pro definitely meets all those requirements.
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August 13, 2010 9:52:18 AM

Although the silent power series of CM is not that bad. Their PSU's are not reliable, especially because of the bad impression they left with their Extreme series of PSU's. I would still prefer the Corsair. Total peace of mind.

If your friend prefers future proof then the TX750W is certainly the one, to go with the fact that Seasonic is not available. But by future proofing if it means that if he goes for GPU later. Otherwise the VX550W or VX450W is enough to run a PC without a GPU handsomely.
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August 13, 2010 10:03:17 AM



hell_storm2004 said:
But by future proofing if it means that if he goes for GPU later. Otherwise the VX550W or VX450W is enough to run a PC without a GPU handsomely.


It will have a GPU right from the start as the motherboard (ASUS P7P55D-E LX) have no built-in graphic board. However it will not be any SLI/Crossfire and probably not a high end single GPU, just a real good card that will last for a few years. The PC is not intended for gaming, he just wants to have the possibility to do some gaming sometimes.


Confusing that there seems to be different views of the reliability of the Cooler Masters PSUs..
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August 13, 2010 10:13:48 AM

For crossfire: You need 750W and above.
Single high end GPU: 650W is enough. Modern day GPU's have become less power hungry.
Low end GPU: 550W
No GPU: 450W.

Hope this helps.

Brand: Corsair>Seasonic=Antec

Hope this helps.
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August 13, 2010 10:15:18 AM

actually, If you can, get the XFX 750watt XFX black edition. If it is a lower price.

That CM Silent Pro 700watt is reliable, silent, and fantastic. Personally because I own one. It powers my entire system. A 955 running at 3.9ghz and a 5850 at 950/1205 which both draw a lot of power. But still keeps it afloat.
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August 13, 2010 10:25:37 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
For crossfire: You need 750W and above.
Single high end GPU: 650W is enough. Modern day GPU's have become less power hungry.
Low end GPU: 550W
No GPU: 450W.

Hope this helps.


Thanks for a good writeup on the general power needs!

aznshinobi said:
actually, If you can, get the XFX 750watt XFX black edition. If it is a lower price.


It is available here for $183, where the Cooler Master 700W is $137, so the XFX would be more expensive.


aznshinobi said:
That CM Silent Pro 700watt is reliable, silent, and fantastic.


Thanks for your view also.


I do get a feeling that Cooler Master has some worse PSUs, but that the Silent Pros still is a serie of good quality. Do you agree with that?
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August 13, 2010 10:42:45 AM

As I have said before, take a look at this: http://personales.ya.com/realhardtechx/index_archivos/P...

As you can see, Cooler Master (and the mayority of the other brands) have high quality PSU, quality PSU, decent PSUs and some bad products. It depends on the manufacturer and the money that you are going to pay (the internal components will be better so it will perform better). Therefore, you can't say that a brand is good or bad. It depends on the model that we are talking about. I mean, Antec, Corsair, Thermaltake, OCZ, Cooler Master, Be quiet!,... aren't really manufacturers. They have OEMs that make the PSUs for them (FSP, Seasonic, Enermax, Enhance, CWT, ...).
The Silent Pro M 700W is an Enhance electronics unit, as the Antec TruePower Quattro series or the Silverstone Strider Plus series.
In the database you can see a lot of qualified reviews (not opinions) trusting the high quality of some of the PSUs from Cooler Master, and warning about another ones.
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August 13, 2010 11:12:48 AM

Henry Chinaski said:
As I have said before, take a look at this: http://personales.ya.com/realhardtechx/index_archivos/P...


For some reason the link in your signature was not clickable for me using Google Chrome so I could not reach it before.

Henry Chinaski said:

As you can see, Cooler Master (and the mayority of the other brands) have high quality PSU, quality PSU, decent PSUs and some bad products.

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In the database you can see a lot of qualified reviews (not opinions) trusting the high quality of some of the PSUs from Cooler Master, and warning about another ones.


Thanks for this, I think it sums up my original question and points me to go with the CM 700.
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August 13, 2010 11:13:28 AM

478 watts on load then there should be some room for the other parts.

Well i also don't say 550W is low end. Maybe i should have written middle segment. But with the recent developments... the 650W has become somewhat of a standard!
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August 13, 2010 11:28:57 AM

ricno said:
For some reason the link in your signature was not clickable for me using Google Chrome


Thanks for the warning, I didn't know that. :) 
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August 13, 2010 1:30:17 PM

I have the Cooler Master Silent Pro 700w. I was a little skeptical at first, it was a good price on sale, and I'd heard bad stories about CM PSUs before, but these ones are actually different then CMs other brands of PSUs, and all the reviews I read where they tested the rails and actually did proper testing, it got very good reviews. I wouldnt recommend any other CM PSU, but the Silent Pros seems to be pretty good.
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August 13, 2010 2:28:03 PM

Best answer selected by ricno.
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