Seasonic S12II SS-430GB 430w ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance


I think it's fair to say that Seasonic have always been considered a "no-nonsense" PSU manufacturer. For this reason it's no surprise that their product packaging has always followed the same professional yet simplistic themes - some examples of which can be found in our previous X900 and M12 reviews.

Seasonic S12-II Packaging Seasonic S12-II Packaging

Seasonic S12-II Packaging Seasonic S12 Packaging

This theme is certainly continued on the S12II series, with the SS-430GB being contained within a black cardboard box printed with fairly simplistic blue/white glowing effects and not a trace of any CGI graphics anywhere! In all honesty, the S12II probably won't stand out much on a retailers shelves to the average gamer or thrill seeker, but then the unit doesn't have all the flashing fans and glowing modular plugs to satisfy their needs anyway.

Putting aside the looks, Seasonic have done a very good job of fitting all of the specifications and other information about the S12II on each of the 6 corners of the box without overwhelming potential buyers with information. Most of the information we've already covered in the specifications section on page 1, but as we can see from the images above, the S12II series also comes with a 3yr warranty, 120mm ball bearing fan, rubber mounting cushions (to reduce vibrations) and support for the latest PCI-E graphics cards.

Seasonic S12-II Open Box Seasonic S12-II Contents
Open up the box and we can see that Seasonic has opted to package the SS-430GB in a bubble wrap bag. This should help to keep the unit separate from the cables and accessories that might otherwise scratch its painted surface. While we're on the subjet of accessories, lets see what's included in the box:

- Mains cable
- ATX case screws
- Seasonic case sticker
- Manual
- Molex-to-Floppy adapter cable

As we can see, Seasonic has included everything neccesary to get you up and running, without including any unnecessary extras that might bump up the cost of the unit.


To say that we were expecting anything more than a plain black unit from Seasonic would be a lie. After all, every other unit we've reviewed from Seasonic in the past has been somewhat of an inconspicuous affair. This certainly isn't a bad attribute, as after all, most flashy and colourful unit's we've tested in the past have failed to impress where it really matters.
Seasonic S12-II 430w Back Seasonic S12-II 430w Bottom
Unlike most of the standard black PSU's we've tested in the past, the coating on the S12-II has a rough feel to it and actually proved to be extremely rugged when we attempted to scratch it with a knife. This is great news for those of us who have cases with tight fitting PSU compartments that are often responsible for leaving nasty gashes in a PSU's paint job.

As you would expect from a PSU cooled by a 120mm fan, the S12II series has a honeycomb mesh at the back of the unit along with a standard sized power switch. At the bottom of the unit, Seasonic have used a painted black wire fan grill complete with a Seasonic badge. This really finishes off the look of the unit, and is a much needed aesthetic improvement over the generic silver grill found on the M12 series.

Seasonic S12-II 430w Back Seasonic S12-II 430w Side
The back and sides of the unit are fairly standard with the usual specification and warning stickers. Unfortunately, beyond this there's not really much else to talk about, so let's move on to the next page where we have a poke about inside.
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Most Recent Comments

29-11-2007, 04:38:05

Looks like a great performer for those not wanting to bust their budget on a good PSU.Quote

29-11-2007, 04:39:29

Nice to see some nosie level figures (db-o-meter? ).

Nice job jim.Quote

29-11-2007, 04:41:39

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Nice to see some nosie level figures (db-o-meter? ).

Nice job jim.
Aye, 'bout time I could produce some graphs on noise levels Quote

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