PC Power & Cooling Mk III Silencer 750 review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/28/2013 09:03 AM [ 4 comment(s) ]
Final Words & Conclusion
This is the second Mk III we tested and it feels good to have a P&C power supply on the test bench again. I am very impressed with it and this conclusion will be close to what you have seen with the 1200 Watt model, aside from the capacity, it's the same stuff really. The work done on this unit is a little substandard, a very distinct feature is the modular looks with the pin style modular connectors, very impressive but we remain to state that there is a flaw with the design. Let me explain:
The male connectors are placed in the PSU, and the female connectors on the cabling. Now the PSU side modular connector have been protected with a plastic cap, but if you have sweaty hands and are fooling around in the PSU area, god forbid you touch the male connectors. The connectors would have been reversed, female on the PSU and male on the cables. Then again, leave the plastic caps on and make sure you are aware of it and you'll be fine of course. Now admittedly, it does look cool. So just be careful and try to remember what I just stated okay ?
So overall it once again was a pleasure to test the unit. It obviously had no issues whatsoever that we could detect with whatever we threw at it, we reached just over 730 Watt which is close to the theoretical maximum of this PSU. I say theoretical as I dare to state that this PSU would even work at a 900 Watt power draw, the build complexity and choice in components just is excellent. While passing 700 Watt load we the power efficiency remains great, actually closing in at the level of Platinum tested models. At that high load level you'd expect power consumption to get worse, well slightly worse, but that was not the case and makes the Silencer Mk III 750Watt a class in its own.
At a price of roughly 135 EUR the product pricing is not cheap or on the other end expensive though, realistically you do get what you pay for, an quality PSU with lovely efficiency levels, great looks, great connectivity and of that funky switch which allows the PSU to be drop-dead silent up-to 350Watt.Mind you though that if you need that little bit more then there will be a 850 Watt model as well:
The MSRP in USD is as follows, typically you can shave off 10% for the EU MSRP prices:
- PPCMK3S750: $149.99
- PPCMK3S850: $169.99
Stability wise we have very little to complain about we loaded it load up-to 733 Watt and voltages remained drop dead synchronized. But we'll trust that some other reviews will show some ripple tests yet have no doubt the product will come out totally clean. Fantastic is obviously the massive single +12V rail, it has just so much power to handle multiple heavy duty graphics cards. I mean 62AMPs. Bare in mind that one graphics card uses 15A on average these days so yeah, you got some spare.
If looks could kill
Aesthetics then, the Silencer Mk III 750 Watt looks great with its white design but you probably want to use a chassis that matches the 'color'. Size matters as well, while not really big in size 18 (deep) x15 (width) x8.6 (height) CM in its dimensions. That's only slightly larger opposed to your regular ATX power supply. So it'll fit in pretty much any chassis.
The modular cables look individually sleeved when you first glimpse at them, these are however normal black coated cabled in a flat design. They will look great in any chassis with the dark tones. Great to see is that the connectors themselves are all black as well. The added benefit obviously is very clean looking wiring for that ultimate finish. The native connected cables have been sleeved black for you.
Yeah, modular designs are the way to go and I'm happy that the Mk III Silencer got that royal treatment as well. You use what you need in terms of wiring, keeping the innards clean and tidy, plain and simple. And overall the Silencer Mk III 750 Watt is a great looking PSU, a tiny hint longer than your typical ATX sized PSU though.
Wrapping it up
But lets round things up. The PSU is very efficient, has good looks, though white is a bit of a dangerous color for most dark chassis, then it's modular, is stable, comes with all dark cabling and connectors and then we have to acknowledge it's silent as well. So it's all good really. Pricing might be a bit steep for some of you but do bare in mind that this is a sheer quality power supply. OCZ will give you a 7 year warranty with this product, and yea ... that does make up a lot.
Remember, a PSU is the most efficient at 50% load, making this power supply perform superb (in efficiency) at 350 Watt. Up-to that point it's fan-less as well. 350 Watt is roughly the equivalent a Z77 motherboard, with a Radeon HD 7970 or GeForce GTX 680 at work in a nice gaming spree. So that's the point where it is drop dead efficient. All factors combined with that nice capacity rich 12V rail, the modular connectors, the sheer design and that 7-year warranty makes the Silencer Mk III 750 a pretty intriguing power supply to own. Definitely recommended if you are a mainstream to enthusiast PC user that needs a little extra with nice looks and the craving need for a quality power supply.
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