Silverstone Zeus 560w ST56ZF ATX PSU
The weight alone is enough to tell me that this is a well built power supply, however let's take a look inside and find out exactly what is making the ST56ZF so much heavier than its brother, the ST56F.
To say that this power supply is 'jam packed' would be a serious underestimate. Every square inch of the casing is occupied by components, all of which are tidily arranged, but didn't leave me with much room to have a poke around inside to see what I could find.
The oversized aluminium heatsinks attribute to a large portion of the weight, with the rest being mostly down to the huge capacitors hiding beneath them.
Taking a closer look inside we can see that the Zeus 560w possesses an adjustable potentiometer (pot). Pots can be used in most cases to increase the voltage output on a power supplies rails, which can be handy if the outputted voltage drops below what you would consider to be acceptable.
I also noticed that the internals of this power supply are manufactured by a company called Etasis
, who are widely know for manufacturing some of the best power supplies in the industry since 1996.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Silverstone using the same Sanyo Denki San Cooler 80mm
as installed in their higher-end Zeus 750w
PSU we reviewed a few weeks ago. The San Cooler pushes 42cfm at a noise level of 32dBA when running at 12v. This may sound a bit too noisy for some, but we'll see what it's like on the next page.
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