Silver Power SP-SS750M 750w Review
Published: 27th May 2010 | Source: Silver Power | Price: £94.58 |
In the past, Silver Power have always managed to strike a decent medium between price, performance and features. With this in mind I'm going to start this conclusion by taking a look at the price: £95. To put that into perspective, that's £30 cheaper than the Corsair HX750w, £15 cheaper than the XFX 750w, £30 cheaper than the Be Quiet P8 750w and £20 cheaper than the Enermax Infiniti 720w.
Of course price means absolutely nothing if the PSU doesn't have the performance, stability and safety to justify the expense. So how does the SP-SS750M fair?
Well, starting with the voltage stability all three of the main rails fluctuated very little from idle to full load. In fact, the +3.3v rail in particular produced an almost straight line on the results graphs showing that Silver Power haven't just concentrated on the performance of the +12 rail like some manufacturers, but on the PSU as a whole. This was also reflected in the cross-load and maximum load testing that didn't show any weakness in the PSU at all. In fact, with a maximum load of 936w being maintained continously in the OCP/Max Load test it really showed just how strong the unit is.
I have to admit being slightly worried that the Silver Power shared almost identical internals to the XFX Black Edition PSU that I blew up two of last year, but these worries were soon proved to be totally unfounded as the Silver Power 750w powered off safely as soon as the OCP threshold was breached.
Efficiency was also above advertised levels by a few % at any given load level and the ripple results....WHOA...the ripple results on the +12v rail in particular were simply awesome. 30mV at 750w load could quite possibly be one of the lowest (best) results I've seen in a long time/ever. The +3.3v rail was also equally as good, and only the +5v rail let the side down a little.
Now for the bad stuff....GET THAT GOD FORSAKEN GORILLA OFF THE PSU. On the packaging I can forgive, but I cant really see anybody wanting a primate peeping back at them through a windowed PC case. It looks ugly, it could cost Silver Power some sales from enthusiasts who put vanity next to performance and it just made me want to *facepalm*. Of course you can always rip the label off, but getting it through an RMA without any raised eyebrows may not be so easy.
At the end of the day, the Silver Power 750w is a bloody bargin. Sure it doesn't have the good looks that some of its competition posess, but the performance more than makes up for it.
- Superb voltage Stability
- Above 80PLUS Silver level efficiency.
- Ripple? What Ripple.
- Lovely ribbon-style modular cables
- Capable of punching almost 200w above its weight.
- Quite easy to plug molex/sata connectors into PCI-e sockets....eek
- Ugly packaging and specs label on unit.