Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review

Conclusion

Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular PSU Review

Conclusion

I have to admit that I came into this review expecting the Silver Power SP-850M to be just another one of those 'meh' PSU's. From its plain design, to its no frills packaging, to its 80Plus Bronze certification. It really didn't rouse my interest, not even one tiny bit. However, looking back over the testing on the last two pages, what we've got here is one of those occasions where the 'value' baked beans taste so much nicer than the name brand!

Take for example the ripple results....quite possibly the lowest I've ever seen. Or the efficiency levels.....80Plus Bronze certified with 80Plus GOLD results. Then there's the voltage stability that sticks extremely close to the ideals on the +12v rail and isn't half bad on the +3.3v and +5v rails either. Finally there's the fact that the unit will happily run at 983w all day long should you end up using it as a stop-gap PSU while upgrading your PC.

But should you be looking for a project PSU to spend your time customising this could be right up your street, the coloured cables will make things much easier for all you beginners to braid, although the dual PCI-E cables might take you a few tries! Swap out that silver fans grill with a black one to make things stealthy and maybe get some custom project based graphics made up for the side of the PSU and you could end up with a great looking addition to your latest build. 

Really the only bad thing that I can think to say about the unit is the noisy fan (that could be heard over the PSU tester) when running at 850w.  That, and the annoying Gorilla used on the packaging. Don't ask me why, it just grates me.




So all in all it's 

The Good
- Awesome ripple suppressions.
- Gold level efficiency from a Bronze rated unit.
- Good voltage stability on +12v rail.
- Can run at 983w all day long if needed!
- Not phased by our cross-load testing.

The Mediocre
- Average voltage stability on +3,3v and +5v rails

The Ugly
- The damn Gorilla on the packaging
- The noise from the fan when running full tilt.


     

Thank you to Silverpower for the SP-S850M on test here today, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

19-06-2012, 06:51:38

Josh Weston
Not everyday that you see a company underrate it's product for so much. Still, £100 for a bronze rated 850watt would seem a little much to me. £100 for a gold rated 850 watt...that's a bargain and a half.Quote

19-06-2012, 06:53:11

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post

Not everyday that you see a company underrate it's product for so long. Still, £100 for a bronze rated 850watt would seem a little much to me. £100 for a gold rated 850 watt...that's a bargain and a half.
£100 for gold? Id be worried mate not happy.Quote

19-06-2012, 06:55:23

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

£100 for gold? Id be worried mate not happy.
Be worried that your Bronze rated PSU was over-performing when it came to efficiency? Quote

19-06-2012, 06:59:55

Rastalovich
I used to buy Silverpower alot when the majority of systems only needed 400-500w. Very underated company imo, and not one to blow their own trumpet. Decent pricing verging on budget.

... gorilla ... what were they thinking ??Quote

19-06-2012, 07:13:44

PetrolHead247
Wow, what an absolute bargain!Quote
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