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Compared to the much more expensive and digital, Wentai and be quiet! offerings the SilverStone stays behind, but its price tag puts it on a different category where it practically plays alone since you cannot get an EVGA 1600 G2 anymore at a normal price. SilverStone thought wisely to avoid the strong competition in the 1500W and above category and focus more on the performance per dollar score.
The graph below depicts the cooling fan's average noise over the PSU's operating range, with an ambient temperature between 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
At high loads, such a strong PSU will make its presence felt. Nonetheless, the big SilverStone is not among the noisiest high-capacity PSUs.
The following graph shows the PSU's average efficiency throughout its operating range with an ambient temperature close to 30 degrees Celsius.
This is "only" a Gold and Cybenetics ETA-A unit, so it cannot reach higher rating platforms' efficiency levels. That said, it isn't far away from some Platinum competitors.
Power Factor Rating
The following graph shows the PSU's average power factor reading throughout its operating range with an ambient temperature close to 30 degrees Celsius.
The APFC converter's performance is amazing!
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Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.
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Just wondering, what is the suggested retail price for this? And by offering only a three year warranty how much does that save a person compared to the competition, if you only plan to use it for say 2 1/2 years when the next generation of AMD (AM5 socket) and Intel CPUs are released, along with new GPUs - all requiring more power? How long would you have to own one or the other before it really pays for itself in warranty vs actual expected life?Reply
Please let me know if I missed the price in the article somewhere.
And of course 90% of the buyers will be those with systems drawing half or less of that 1650 watts, but who have convinced themselves they "need" the extra headroom.Reply