Page 1:At $45 And Up, We Reach For Power Supply Gold
Page 2:Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W
Page 3:Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W: Measurements
Page 4:Corsair CX500
Page 5:Corsair CX500: Measurements
Page 6:Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W
Page 7:Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W: Measurements
Page 8:Seasonic SSR-360GP
Page 9:Seasonic SSR-360GP: Measurements
Page 10:Test Configuration, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
Page 11:Efficiency According To The 80 PLUS Spec, Standby Power, And Sound Level
Page 12:Part 2: Which One Of These PSUs Is Right For You?
Page 13:Model Comparison Table
We were excited when we received the Seasonic SSR-360GP, an 80 PLUS Gold-certified power supply selling for $60. The manufacturer seems to be suggesting that efficiency is becoming more important than raw output potential. It should come as no surprise, then, that this PSU offers the lowest power ceiling in today's field, maxing out at 360 W. There are plenty of applications for a low-power, high-efficiency power supply though, so does this one live up to its claims?
While the case quality does not measure up to higher-end Seasonic models, such as the X series, it's still acceptable. The same goes for this unit's fully sleeved, non-modular cables. Unfortunately, the cable lengths leave something to be desired. They're comparable to what Gigabyte gives you, except that you get fewer connectors. On the bright side, if you want to use two floppy drives, this power supply supports such a configuration (yes, we're being sarcastic).
It's a nice touch to see Seasonic bundle four screws, a few cable ties, and Velcro bands with its SSR-360GP. None of today's other contenders do this. Those items cost pennies, but they're valuable to builders looking to achieve a clean installation.
|AC Input||100-240 V, 50-60 Hz|
|DC Output||+3.3 V||+5 V||+12 V (#1)||+12 V (#2)||+12 V (#3)||+12 V (#4)||-12 V||+5 Vsb|
|20 A||21 A||25 A||25 A||n/a||n/a||0.5 A||3.0 A|
|Individual Output||32 A||6 W||15 W|
|Rail Utilization||Sys||Sys||CPU & VGA|
|Combined Output||120 W||378 W|
|Total Continuous Output||450 W|
- At $45 And Up, We Reach For Power Supply Gold
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W: Measurements
- Corsair CX500
- Corsair CX500: Measurements
- Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W
- Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W: Measurements
- Seasonic SSR-360GP
- Seasonic SSR-360GP: Measurements
- Test Configuration, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
- Efficiency According To The 80 PLUS Spec, Standby Power, And Sound Level
- Part 2: Which One Of These PSUs Is Right For You?
- Model Comparison Table