PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910W ATX PSU

Introduction

Introduction
 
PCP&C LogoIf there was a PSU Hall of Fame, one company that would have more units inside there than anyone else would undoubtedly be PC Power & Cooling. Over the years they have produced some of the best power supplies that money can buy, with models such as the Turbo-Cool and Silencer racking up awards worldwide. It's no wonder then that enthusiasts who demand the best will often accept nothing less that PCP&C. 
 
In May 2008 as many of us will remember, PCP&C was taken under the wing of OCZ Technology in an effort to increase availability and share knowledge. This was certainly a success as PCP&C products can now be purchased in just about every large online retailer in the UK, removing the need to place your purchase state-side and wait for customs to sting you with a nice import tax bill. Some may argue that by bringing PCP&C into the 'mainstream' they lost their "supermodel" status, with even average Joe being able to get his grubby mits on one. But as we've seen many times in the past, competition drives progression, and today we're going to be taking a look at one of PCP&C's latest models, the Silencer 910, to find out just how being in the mainstream for the past year has shaped their products.
 
Silencer 910
Legendary Silencer performance now in an incredible 910W of continuous clean and stable power. Our Silencer 910 power supply gives you unparalleled PC Power & Cooling performance and reliability along with a unique ultra-quiet cooling design, Quad PCI-Express connectors, classic black finish, and a price that seals the deal.

• 910W Continuous @ 50C (1000W Peak)
• NVIDIA SLI Certified (Up To 2 x GTX295)
• 80+ Silver Certified (88% Efficiency); .99 Active PFC
• Up to 90% (10dB) Less Noise per Watt
• +12VDC @ 74A (Powerful Single Rail)
• Rock-Solid, Super-Clean DC Output
• Quad PCI-E and complete array of connectors
• Automatic Fan Speed Control Circuit
• 5-Year Warranty and Tech Support
 
Probably one of the most noticeable improvements in the specifications of the Silencer 910 from its predecessors is its improved efficiency levels. Previous models from the Silencer range such as the 750 Quad were certainly no slouches with 83%+ being effortlessly achieved. But as we can see from the specs above PCP&C have managed to push this up to 88% on the Silencer 910 with an 80 Plus Silver certificate to prove it.
 
Other noteworthy features include the 5-Year Warranty, NVIDIA Certification for up to two GTX295's and 1000w peak power delivery - even at 50ºC, which is something I'll certainly be testing in the OC3D hot-box later on in the review.
 
PCP&C Silencer 910 Rail Layout
DC Output +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 +12V4 +12V5 +12V6 -12V +5VSB
24A 30A 74A - - - - - 0.8A 3A
Max Power 150W 888W 9.6W 15W
910W (1000W Peak)
 
Staying true to their roots PCP&C have configured the Silencer 910 with a single +12v rail rated at a tasty 74A. This type of configuration has always been the enthusiasts favourite as it ensures all power can be delivered to components without the worry of balancing loads across multiple rails. Both the +3.3v and +5v rails also carry quite good specs at 24A and 30A respectively with a combined maximum output of 150W.
 
Now to take a look at the packaging and it's contents over on the next page... 
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Most Recent Comments

10-07-2009, 11:02:38

JN
"PCP&C have always been an enthusiasts favourite. But does their latest 910W model have what it takes to keep up with the competition?"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...204741684s.jpg

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910W ATX PSU

10-07-2009, 11:05:35

tinytomlogan
Just goes to show quite how good Corsairs are now..........

10-07-2009, 11:31:15

w3bbo
I refuse to stick a PSU in my build that does not take advantage of a 120mm fan as a minimum. 80mm is ridiculous. Noise is at a premium and with so many PSU's catching up (and indeed bettering) the PCP&C insternals, I cannot see why anyone would plump for one of these other than fanboys.

Gr8 review m8.

10-07-2009, 12:20:44

JN
Cheers guys.

I think the main problem is that PCP&C are trying to enter a market their PSU's were never originally designed for. Yet at the same time they won't let go of their morals surrounding 80mm / hard-wired design because it's what has always worked best for the server market.

10-07-2009, 12:24:13

Rastalovich
EDIT: Ah, ignore that, the problem wasn't related.

Great review. Some crazyness on the voltage qualities despite the large power they can supply.

For the cash, and in particular the name, I'd expect more from them.

I kinda feel these are the same builds as the 500w classic ones they do, only stretched, perhaps this is their max.

11-07-2009, 05:52:37

VonBlade
Amazing ... in a disbelieving style. It's like Rolls Royce producing a 6k shopping car, or Ferrari producing a supercar that only does 75mph.

Corsair seem to be dominating the market right now. Although the Coolermaster M1000 is still fighting fit.

PCP&P I am outstandingly disappointed.

11-07-2009, 06:50:53

Datamonkey
Nice review mate,

As W3bbo pointed out, why are they still making PSU's with 80mm fans!! its shocking really. Wonder if they will get back to you re: the power issues.

11-07-2009, 17:39:31

cjone2
I have the 750w version of this its a shame this doesn't live up to the same standard

02-08-2009, 00:03:58

tonschk
I bought this PC Power&Cooling and I am very happy with this 910W PSU , I plan to swap the ball bearing fan with sleeve bearing fan lubricated ( by myself ) with a creamy Zirconium grease , even a 80mm sleeve bearing fan ( of good quality ) at low RPM speed is inaudible , and the hardware inside my PC only need 150W at full load , therefore inside my case this PSU will be running all the time fresh and cool and extreme silent at very low load

I am here in Europe with 220Volts electricity, therefore the efficiency of this 80+ Silver PSU will be even more higher

06-12-2009, 09:02:43

tonschk
Update , my lovely PC Power & Cooling 910W fanless installed in my 90degrees rotated CM590 case

the two 140mm exhaust fans installed on the roof of the case will suck air through every hole/grill at the bottom of my case ,therefore the I can keep the PSU fanless
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