Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review  


Introduction

SilverPower have been quietly producing PSU's for a few years now, from our experience talking to forum members its not a name that normally springs to mind unless dropping an ape, monkey or King Kong reference into the conversation! The whole range is based around the Ronseal code of ethics. I can hear many of you wondering what the hell we're on about, well it does exactly what is says on the tin! Nothing more nothing less. Well so we thought, because as you will see through this review the SP-S850M want to give you more, much more than what you may be paying for.

 

Specifications & Features


• Super high efficiency for energy savings, up to 85% efficiency, 80 Plus Bronze approval
• 3% line regulation for 3.3V/5V/+12V rail for maximum stability, security and performance
• Dynamic Load on +12V to ensure maximum compatibility with mainboards and perhperials
• High reliability Aluminum Electrolytic capacitors for increased product life and reliability
• Active Power Factor Correctin [99% PF] for reduced line noise and power distortion
• Advanced Dual Forward Converter circuit design for added reliability and efficiency
• Smart and Silent Fan Control [S2FC], one of the best performance noise controller available on the
market
• 12cm double ball, ball bearing fan for increased airflow and lifetime and reduced noise levels
• 12cm ball bearing fan mounted on soft rubber cushions to reduce fan vibration and rotation noises
• Ultra ventilation [Honey Comb Structure] for increased airflow and reduced noise levels
• 4x PCI-Express connectors to support high end graphics cards
• All in One DC Cabling to support PC, IPC, workstations, servers and dual CPU systems
• Patented Easy Swap peripheral connectors for easy plug and unplug connection
• Total Protection with Over Voltage, Over Power and Short Circuit Protection
• Universal AC Input for plug and run anywhere around the world
• >100,000 hours MTBF, excluding fan
• RoHS compliant
• PFC Harmonics compliant, EN61000-3-2: 2000
• Safety approvals: TUV, Semko, CB & CE
• Meets Erp requirement
• Modular cables


Cable configuration

Model Fixed cable SP-S850M 850 Watt
• M/B (20 + 4P) 1 550 mm
• ATX12V (4+4P) 1 550 mm
• PCI-E (6+2P) 2 550 + 100 mm

Modular cable

• EPS12V (8P) 1x 550 mm
• PCI-E (6+2P) 2x 550 + 100 mm
• 3SATA (5P) 2x 550 + 150 + 150 mm
• 3SATA (5P) 2x 550 + 150 + 150 mm
• 2SATA (5P) 1x 350 + 150 mm
• 3Molex (4P) 1x 550 + 150 + 150 mm
• 2Molex (4P) 2x 350 + 150 mm
• 2x Y adapter for FDD 1 140 + 140 mm


This box is basic but it does its job, everything arrived well packed and undamaged. The extra cables come in a nice cloth bag to help you keep the spare together so when hunting underneath your bed for an extra molex cable you at least have something of a decent size to be looking for!

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As you can see here the satin black PSU case is very OEM looking, nothing flashy or bling for us to descibe here. We think if they had changed the wire grill to black though they could have easily passed this off for a stealthy looking unit. The design team really hadnt had enough coffee the day they were working on this! 

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That bloody monkey is everywhere! If you have you PSU grill facing down then you will be graced with this every time you look through your window or open you side panel. best excuse ever to switch to the dark side and face your PSU fan up like all the cool kids because on that side there is no sticker! The main power cable that feeds the unit with its 240v of juice is a bit of a blast from the past, because we are all pretty sure its the same cable they used to send with oder Enermax PSU's. It will never happen but we would love to see a whole PSU braided in this stuff.

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As mentioned before the cable come in a nice cloth bag which will help you keep them all together and easier to find, there are plenty of extra cables, and the PCI-E cables are dual feed meaning one connection into the PSU but it has 2 connectors on the end. This can actually make things ~much~ easier to keep your rig looking super clean and tidy. 

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The quality of the braid is neither good or bad, its generically acceptable, we would hazzard a guess if you have bought this PSU that aesthetics have not been on the top of your list of buying points anyways.

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Most Recent Comments

19-06-2012, 06:45:55

tinytomlogan


It's been a few years since the angry ape first made its debut on OC3D, now it's finally back for some second helpings.

Continue Reading

19-06-2012, 06:51:38

Josh Weston
Not everyday that you see a company underrate it's product for so much. Still, 100 for a bronze rated 850watt would seem a little much to me. 100 for a gold rated 850 watt...that's a bargain and a half.

19-06-2012, 06:53:11

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post

Not everyday that you see a company underrate it's product for so long. Still, 100 for a bronze rated 850watt would seem a little much to me. 100 for a gold rated 850 watt...that's a bargain and a half.
100 for gold? Id be worried mate not happy.

19-06-2012, 06:55:23

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

100 for gold? Id be worried mate not happy.
Be worried that your Bronze rated PSU was over-performing when it came to efficiency?

19-06-2012, 06:59:55

Rastalovich
I used to buy Silverpower alot when the majority of systems only needed 400-500w. Very underated company imo, and not one to blow their own trumpet. Decent pricing verging on budget.

... gorilla ... what were they thinking ??

19-06-2012, 07:13:44

PetrolHead247
Wow, what an absolute bargain!

19-06-2012, 07:21:41

mArTyN
Nice review.............an exceptional buy !

19-06-2012, 07:27:15

Rastalovich
I was just going to comment on price, with something to the effect of "Corsair are about the same price and I've been buying their 750w+ for a while now..." Until I went to the Scan website. The Corsair Enthusiast is about the same price - but when the fudge was the AX850 145+ ??? I never paid 145!

19-06-2012, 07:30:13

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post

I was just going to comment on price, with something to the effect of "Corsair are about the same price and I've been buying their 750w+ for a while now..." Until I went to the Scan website. The Corsair Enthusiast is about the same price - but when the fudge was the AX850 145+ ??? I never paid 145!
I did for mine

19-06-2012, 15:19:16

yassarikhan786
Really fantastic performer and for that price it is an amazing deal. It should really be labelled as a Silver rated PSU given how efficient it is !!!

19-06-2012, 20:36:48

Excalabur50
Its a suprising performer in sheeps clothing and the Gorilla is a Silverback thats why they used it to fit in with their name

25-06-2012, 10:01:56

CrissTM
I've had a SP500 500W and use with a C2Q8200 oc-ed and 2xAsus HD4850 in crossfire both oc-ed and had no problems what so ever. So those things are more than capable.

27-10-2012, 19:13:11

MiiX
How is the noise for the PSU at 50%-ish load? Going for a 650W myself in the same series, SP-S650M.

28-10-2012, 08:19:58

SnW
What does that Gorilla stand for , POWER ? (yea a bit of a duh! moment) looks a bit weird...
great performing PSU NO doubt !
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