PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910W ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

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.
PCP&C Silencer 910 Box PCP&C Silencer 910 Box Back
PCP&C Silencer 910 Box Side PCP&C Silencer 910 Box Side
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.
PCP&C Silencer 910 Box Open PCP&C Silencer 910 Contents
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!
PCP&C Silencer 910 Top PCP&C Silencer 910 Specs Label
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!
PCP&C Silencer 910 Side PCP&C Silencer 910 Side
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.
PCP&C Silencer 910 Rear PCP&C Silencer 910 Front
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.
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Most Recent Comments

10-07-2009, 11:05:35

Just goes to show quite how good Corsairs are now..........Quote

10-07-2009, 11:31:15

I refuse to stick a PSU in my build that does not take advantage of a 120mm fan as a minimum. 80mm is ridiculous. Noise is at a premium and with so many PSU's catching up (and indeed bettering) the PCP&C insternals, I cannot see why anyone would plump for one of these other than fanboys.

Gr8 review m8.Quote

10-07-2009, 12:20:44

Cheers guys.

I think the main problem is that PCP&C are trying to enter a market their PSU's were never originally designed for. Yet at the same time they won't let go of their morals surrounding 80mm / hard-wired design because it's what has always worked best for the server market.Quote

10-07-2009, 12:24:13

EDIT: Ah, ignore that, the problem wasn't related.

Great review. Some crazyness on the voltage qualities despite the large power they can supply.

For the cash, and in particular the name, I'd expect more from them.

I kinda feel these are the same builds as the 500w classic ones they do, only stretched, perhaps this is their max.Quote

11-07-2009, 05:52:37

Amazing ... in a disbelieving style. It's like Rolls Royce producing a 6k shopping car, or Ferrari producing a supercar that only does 75mph.

Corsair seem to be dominating the market right now. Although the Coolermaster M1000 is still fighting fit.

PCP&P I am outstandingly disappointed.Quote

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