Packaging & Appearance
One of my favourite things about the packaging
on some of the original PCP&C PSU's was just how rugged and industrial it was. It really felt like you'd just purchased something that only 'professionals' would use inside a power hungry server system rather than something aimed at the home user. However, judging by the images below it would seem that PCP&C have finally been bitten by the retail bug and have decided to dress the Silencer 910 in more consumer friendly attire.
The front of the box keeps things fairly plain and simple with a professional blue and black theme combined with picture of the unit and a few key specifications. Around the back of the box is yet another picture of the unit only this time with its top off and a large pair of heatsinks on show. Several short captions surround the image, most of which are taken from the feature list on PCP&C's website. The list also makes a re-appearance on the sides of the box, with one side representing each of the various features with an image, while the other side of the box simply lists all of the features as bullet points.
Two large slabs of styrofoam encase the unit with an L-shaped cardboard divider hiding the PSU's hard-wired cables and other accessories. Included are only the bare basics to get you up and running (Power Cord + Screws) along with a fairly detailed manual and "Powered By PCP&C" case badge. But hang on, where's my PSU test report! EVERY PCP&C PSU up until this point has come with its own individual Chroma test report....even if most average people dont have a clue what it means!
Moving on to a top-down view PSU its self, we can see the familiar PCP&C specification sticker along with an Nvidia SLI and Serial Number sticker over to the right. I think I'm correct in saying that PC Power & Cooling were one (if not, THE) first manufacturer to put the stickers out of the way at the top of the unit. Maybe because they were too big to fit on the side, or maybe so that enthusiasts didn't have to put up with seeing them whenever they peered inside their windowed cases. Who knows!
At the sides of the unit we have something new - some snazzy (dare I say it.. Corsair'esque) PC Power & Cooling stickers. These add some life to what would have been an otherwise quite bland black box , and will certainly be a welcome addition for those who care about their PSU's looks.
In keeping with all previous PCP&C units, the Silencer 910 features a single 80mm fan at the back of the unit. PCP&C believe this design to be superior to a top-mounted fan design used by most other manufacturers as it does not restrict the vertical space available to components inside the unit such as capacitors and heatsinks. Of course, smaller fans often have to work much harder to keep things cool so it will certainly be interesting to see if PCP&C 's stubbornness to continue using 80mm fans is for good reason when we put the PSU through our tests on page 4.
For the moment though, let's check out the cables and internal components over on the next page.