Thermaltake’s Silent Power Supply Uncovered

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As the digital world infiltrates the living room, silent operation becomes the key. More and more people are investing and building home theater PCs. Thermaltake has since released a power supply that is guaranteed to please even the stiffest of audiophiles when it comes to silent operation. The Thermaltake Silent PurePower Fan-less Power Supply sets the bar high when it comes to power, efficiency, and silent operation.

The Silent PurePower features:

  • Application For AMD and Intel® system including Pentium 4
  • Silent fan-less PSU, 0dB Design
  • No cooling fan is required
  • Heat pipe technology, ensure the best performance
  • Huge Heat sink and Extruded aluminum casing , transfer the heat quickly
  • Muti-direction Vent, transfer heat to exterior through natural convection
  • The 350-Watt PSU ensures excellent voltage stability
  • Intelligent Cable management
  • Thermal overload, short circuit, current overload, over voltage-protection Color

To help put this into perspective I did a little research on Thermaltakes competitors in the fan-less power supply market. A quick survey shows that Thermaltake is compeating directly with Coolmax, Antech, and SilverStone. Coolmax is the only manufacture offering more than 350 watts, This puts Thermaltake right in the running when it comes to top performance. Out of its immidate competitors Thermaltakes wattage per rail is lower. This is however a tradeoff as lower max wattage means less heat, and in the silent PC world, sound is king and heat is executioner. Until I get a unit from Thermaltakes competition the jury is still out on who makes the best fan-less power supply. What I can tell you now is that Thermaltakes amperages are competitive, though on the lower end, and that heat never seemed to be an issue. The difference in temperature between my Enermax Whisper which has two fans and the Thermaltake was virtually nonexistent and can be fully accounted for by fluctuations in room temperature.

Output
 
+5v
+3.3v
+12v
-5v
-12v
+5v SB
Max. Load
22A
16A
14A
0.3A
0.8A
2.0A
Min. Load
0.3A
0.5A
1.0A
0.0A
0.0A
0.0A
Load Reg.
±5%
±5%
±5%
±10%
±10%
±5%
Ripple
100mv
100mv
200mv
240mv
240mv
100mv
Wattage
110w
52.8w
168w
1.5w
9.6w
10w
162.8w
330.8w
21.1w

Themaltake has a solid offering here, 330 watts on the combined 5, 3.3, and 12v rails is nothing to sneeze at. While that 330 watts will not push your extreme overclocker over the edge it will keep everything running and do so, quiet and cool. So that’s enough time looking at the numbers from the manufactures website, let’s get into the real deal, the unit on hand.

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