PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w CrossFire Edition ATX PSU

Test Results

Load & Efficiency Tests

To provide our readers with the most accurate results, Overclock3D uses a custom built PSU load tester on all reviews. This not only gives much more reliable results than the testing methods employed by other sites, but also allows for all current and future review results to be compared side-by-side.

Efficiency tests are performed by measuring the wattage consumed by the power supply at the mains (Mains Draw) against the power consumed by the OC3D power supply stress tester (PSU Load). These results may not be 100% accurate, but have proven to be extremely close to results obtained from professional equipment.

  0% 50%100%
+3.3v Rail
0w33w 66w
+5.0v Rail
0w50w 100w
+12v Rail
0w360w
600w
Total0w 443w 766w

PCP&C Silencer 750w Quad Load Tests

With a maximum fluctuation of 0.11v, 0.08v and 0.02v on the +12v, +5v and +3.3v rails between 0% and 100% load conditions, it's fair to say that the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w Quad performed admirably. This once again goes to show that PCP&C are commited to manufacturing some of the best power supply's available.

PCP&C Silencer 750w Quad Efficiency Tests

PC Power & Cooling have never been a manufacturer that I'd associate with efficiency, however with the S75CF it looks like that is about to change. Managing 83.43% under 50% load and an even more impressive 84.08% efficiency under 100% load, the S75CF is actually one of the most efficient PSU's we've ever tested.


Temperature Testing

In our continuing efforts to make power supply reviews more thorough, rather than simply checking voltage stability, Overclock3D will now be recording the temerature of each PSU as it undergoes testing. Temperature recordings will be taken from the underside of the PSU's outer casing at 0%, 50% and 100% load levels using a laser infrared thermometer in an attempt to gauge how much heat is likely to radiate into the end-users case.

PCP&C Silencer 750w Quad Temperature Tests

Despite the use of a single 80mm fan, the S75CF never displayed signs of any potential cooling problems. At 100% load the temperature taken from the PSU casing was 35°c (13°c above ambient), showing that only a small amount of heat would be dumped into a PC enclosure.


Noise Level Recordings

Possibly the hardest part of any PSU review is summarising the level of noise given out by the unit. The threshold for what is considered 'noisy' varies from person to person and therefore what I may consider a quiet unit, another person may consider extremely loud. A common way to resolve this issue is to use a dBA meter to measure the units noise level, however this doesn't take into account the pitch (type) of noise emitted and whether it is likely to irritate end users.

For this reason OC3D records all power supplies at idle and load in wav format for you to make your own informed decisions. All recordings are taken at 30cm away from the PSU and outside of a PC case. You will need to remember that noise levels will be reduced by varying amounts once the PSU has been installed inside your PC enclosure.

0% Load Recording - Download
50% Load Recording - Download
100% Load Recording - Download

As you will be able to hear from the recordings above, the S75CF managed to remain extremely silent at both 0% and 50% load levels despite the use of an 80mm fan. In fact, I have no doubts that installing the S75CF inside an average PC would see the noise from the unit drowned out by normal case, motherboard and GPU fans.

Increasing the load to 100% saw the fan speed elevate significantly, causing a rise in the noise levels emitted from the unit. In all fairness it would be extremely difficult for the average PC enthusiast to put this much load on the PSU, but at this load level the S75CF wouldn't be suitable for 'Silent PC' enthusiasts or those building a HTPC.
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Most Recent Comments

28-08-2007, 17:10:27

JN
"PC Power & Cooling are without doubt one of the most highly recommended PSU manufacturers by enthusiasts, and since their recent partnership with OCZ we've been waiting to see what comes out of their doors. It looks like the wait is over..."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105853781s.jpg

Read the review

28-08-2007, 17:14:15

FarFarAway
No, no...it's too soon...noooo must keep it in...

*splurge*

Too late

29-08-2007, 02:47:41

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'

*splurge*
Someone has an unhealthy liking for PCP&C

29-08-2007, 03:54:39

Mr. Smith
Thats my baby

Tell you what, it is the best psu I have ever owned. SO quiet (prob because even under full load my pc draws half the wattage this is capable of delivering).

Also glad it comes with 2 8pin pci-e for future cards.

09-09-2007, 00:34:26

tuco
I have heard a lot of good things about that PSU, I am thinking it would be a worthy replacement for my lesser unit. Not the CrossFire edition, though.

16-09-2007, 11:13:52

Barry
Well, I've just ordered one of these lovely units and it should be here inside a week..

If its as good as you lot say it is, It'll stay in my PC for a long time to come.
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