Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review

Conclusion

Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review

Conclusion

I have to admit that I came into this review expecting the Silver Power SP-850M to be just another one of those 'meh' PSU's. From its plain design, to its no frills packaging, to its 80Plus Bronze certification. It really didn't rouse my interest, not even one tiny bit. However, looking back over the testing on the last two pages, what we've got here is one of those occasions where the 'value' baked beans taste so much nicer than the name brand!

Take for example the ripple results....quite possibly the lowest I've ever seen. Or the efficiency levels.....80Plus Bronze certified with 80Plus GOLD results. Then there's the voltage stability that sticks extremely close to the ideals on the +12v rail and isn't half bad on the +3.3v and +5v rails either. Finally there's the fact that the unit will happily run at 983w all day long should you end up using it as a stop-gap PSU while upgrading your PC.

But should you be looking for a project PSU to spend your time customising this could be right up your street, the coloured cables will make things much easier for all you beginners to braid, although the dual PCI-E cables might take you a few tries! Swap out that silver fans grill with a black one to make things stealthy and maybe get some custom project based graphics made up for the side of the PSU and you could end up with a great looking addition to your latest build. 

Really the only bad thing that I can think to say about the unit is the noisy fan (that could be heard over the PSU tester) when running at 850w.  That, and the annoying Gorilla used on the packaging. Don't ask me why, it just grates me.




So all in all it's 

The Good
- Awesome ripple suppressions.
- Gold level efficiency from a Bronze rated unit.
- Good voltage stability on +12v rail.
- Can run at 983w all day long if needed!
- Not phased by our cross-load testing.

The Mediocre
- Average voltage stability on +3,3v and +5v rails

The Ugly
- The damn Gorilla on the packaging
- The noise from the fan when running full tilt.


     

Thank you to Silverpower for the SP-S850M on test here today, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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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