• PC POWER & COOLING Silencer MK III 1200W PSU Review



    In the world of computer power supplies, it seems that all the big name companies like PC Power & Cooling are constantly pushing the limit when it comes to performance. Users know that the power supply is probably the most important component in their system, and many are willing to buy the best of the best. If you are one of these people, looking for a power supply that not only can provide massive amounts of power to your components, but will do it reliably and efficiently, then look no further than the Silencer MK III from PC Power & Cooling which is what we will be reviewing today. In this review we will be taking a look at the 1200W model which is the highest output rated model of the MK III family. Other variations include the 400W, 500W, and 600W.



    This particular model combines a high power output with an exceptional efficiency rating. According to PC Power & Cooling, this power supply is 92% efficient which earns it an 80-Plus Platinum rating which is the highest level a power supply can achieve. Another noteworthy feature is is that at maximum load, the MK III 1200W will maintain a maximum temperature of only 50 degrees C. This leads us to believe that the parts used in this unit are rated much higher than what this PSU will ever need.

    At a glance, this looks like a pretty solid power supply, which will undoubtedly test well, but before we get into testing, lets take a closer look at its specs...





    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Impressive. But I would have read into the article more if it wasn't for the new font.
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      Bout to say... you read that fast.


      I tried changing it back. But got distracted and gave up.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      I try again tomorrow. Wish me luck
    1. Joe's Avatar
      Joe -
      Microsoft Sam to the rescue. Looks like a really solid piece of kit though, just a shame about the price! And I'm in no need of 1200w watts either :P
    1. ana3mic's Avatar
      ana3mic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester View Post
      Impressive. But I would have read into the article more if it wasn't for the new font.
      The new font drives me nuts, kill it with fire .
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Me too, I can't stand to read anything with this font.
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      I'm workin' on it!
    1. OptimusPrimeTME's Avatar
      OptimusPrimeTME -
      Is it legal to make a power supply like that with the connectors exposed, wouldn't you be at risk of getting electrocuted if you make contact?
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      That was my first concern, but when you think about it, it is completely safe. The voltage (12V) is too low, and the resistance of your finger is too high for you to feel anything if you were to shove your finger in there. The only exception would be that if you dipped your finger in salt water prior to touching the contacts, then you might get a jolt.

      If you want to demo this on your own, (I"M NOT TELLING YOU TO DO THIS FOR LIABILITY REASONS) open your case with the power on and touch the PCI-E Power solder points on your graphics card (corner likely closest to you and your hard drives). You won't feel a thing. The only way to feel anything is to touch it VERY lightly. Then you can feel small tingle. It's the same voltage, (+12 and GND) as what is exposed on the power supply so the same rules apply.