be quiet! 350w SFX Power PSU
Packaging & Appearance
Packaging & Appearance
In much the same style as be quiet's other PSU's, the SFX Power is presented in a plain black box accompanied with a grey gradient stripe down the right-hand side. The size of the box is obviously quite small and can roughly be compared to the dimensions of a Cornflakes box, albeit at almost half the height. Very little information is printed on the front of the box, with be quiet saving diagrams of the PSU's form factor, cables and rail distribution charts for the back.
Packaging is a bit on the sparse side with the unit receiving only a bubblewrap bag to protect it from rough hands of a courier. However the saving grace here is the unit is quite light and therefore doesn't inflict damage to its self under the force of its own weight. Other contents include a power cord, some cable ties, case screws and a manual. Basically everything needed to get you up and running.
Being the first Small Form Factor PSU I've seen in the flesh, it really is amazing just how small the unit is. Even the fairly standard sized OCZ PSU (pictured above right) towers over the be quiet. The use of an 80mm fan does raise a few concerns in my head about just how quiet the unit will be when running at full load, especially when it looks like be quiet! could have probably squeezed in a 92mm fan to achieve a slightly more favourable CFM-Noise ratio. Obviously we'll find out soon enough.
Unlike the shiny electroplated finish of the Dark Power Pro range, the SFX Power is presented in a plain matte black powdercoat. This is probably a good thing as I don't imagine that anyone looking to purchase a new PSU for their MicroATX PC would be remotely interested in its appearance. Never less, be quiet! have still added a small personal touch to the side of the unit by imprinting their own logo.
At the top of the unit is the obligatory specifications stickers which is mostly taken up by the rail output chart we saw back on the previous page. The front of the unit has the usual honeycomb meshed grill used on almost all modern ATX PSU's whereas the back is fairly void of anything other than a couple of barcode stickers and a small vented area above the cable outlet.
Now let's move to the next page where we check out what cables are included and the innards of the unit.
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