Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w PSU
Published: 4th May 2007 | Source: Silver Power | Price: |
Competition in the power supply market is tough. Many well known and respected manufacturers have had a firm foothold in the industry for years, and as a result have a dedicated following of consumers who know and trust their brand name. This can make it extremely difficult for new manufacturers to 'get their foot in the door' unless they have something very unique. However, this shouldn't be much of a problem for Silver Power, who despite being a relative newcomer to the market, are actually a subsidary of the well respected Tagan brand name.
Designed with quality, efficiency, performance and most importantly price in mind (according to their specs sheet at least!), the Silver Power range of PSU's aims to fill a gap in the market where price and performance don't normally go hand-in-hand.
This is what Tagan had to say about their little brother in a recent press release:
|Tagan was born in Germany 1999 which is full of German engineer’s spirits and discipline. |
That is why Tagan has achieved hundreds of the best product awards and gained the most of professional gamers’ favorite.
This time Tagan’s engineers design a new Power Supply after thousands of professional gamers’ requests and advices. The second brand of Tagan is called Silver Power.
Silver Power fits perfectly the professional users with cost concerns. It is without Tagan’s luxury materials and packages but with the latest PSU technology. The technologies have been implemented in Silver Power so far there is no any other PSU manufactures could catch up at moment.
Many people would have you believe that in order to power the latest and greatest hardware you need a hefty 1000w+ power supply. This simply isn't true, with the requirements of most average PC's often being under half of this. On the provision that the PSU uses high quality components and has a good distribution of power over its rails, a 600w unit should be more than enough to power any high-end PC. The following information taken from Silver Power's spec sheet should give us a good insight into how much consideration has gone into the design of the Blue Lightning unit:
|• Compatible with Intel ATX12V Ver. 2.2 & 1.3|
• “Super Low Noise” and stable output voltages under any load condition
• 2x (two) built- in PCI Express graphics card connectors
• 2x (two) Serial ATA harddisk connectors for your SATA drivers
• Passive Power Factor Correction with a high PF value of > 0.8
• Excellent thermal management based on 12 cm fan
• Low power consumption in stand- by mode
• Automatic fan speed adjustment controlled by thermal sensor
• Low- noise, environment- friendly
• Protection against inrush currents, over currents, and over temperatures
• Short- circuit, over voltage, and under voltage protection
• 24 months warranty
With a combined output of 160w over the +3.3v and +5v rails along with two +12v rails each rated at 18a (432w total), the Blue Lightning certainly doesn't seem short of power on paper. Let's move on to appearance and see how it compares with some of the generic grey/black budget units.