Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w PSU

Internals & Cables

Internals

Even without looking inside the Silver Power, I could tell this unit was more than your average budget 600w PSU. Weighing in at just under 2kg, this made the unit significantly heavier than some of the budget PSU's I've tested in the past - and gave a good indication that high quality components had been used.

Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w Inside Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w Inside

Silver Power Blue Storm 600w Inside Silver Power Blue Storm 600w Fan

Opening up the unit was somewhat of a mission, with screws holding the U-shaped cover in place on both the top and bottom. However, once inside I was presented with a very tidy layout, no loose cabling and plenty of clearance above and infront of the main PCB to allow optimal airflow. I was also surprised to see a good-sized transformer, ferrite coil and a high quality capacitors. Unfortunately there was no sign of any adjustable potentiometers inside the unit, but providing the voltage output is stable, there should be no need for these.

The unit is cooled by a Blue LED 120mm fan manufactured by "Top Motor" - specifications can be seen below:

Model: DF121225DM
Size: 120x120mm
Noise: 38.64 dba
Speed: 2200 rpm
Airflow: 76.63 cfm



Cables & Connectors

After being told that the Blue Lightning was a budget PSU, I certainly wasn't expecting any kind of sleeving on the cables. However, Silver Power have outdone themselves yet again by fully sleeving each and every cable end-to-end in black and gold mesh.

Silver Power Ble Lightning 600w Sleeving Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w Cables

The sleeving job is of high quality with both heatshrink and cable ties holding everything in place and a large length of heatshrink has also been used where the cables enter the unit to prevent any unsightly fraying.

Silver Power Blue Lightning ATX Silver Power Blue Lightning EPS

The ATX connector on the Blue Lightning is native 24-pin. However, as you can see above, a small block of 4 connectors can be broken off to switch the connector to 20-pin, and thus make it compatible with older motherboards. As many motherboards still make use of the P4-12v 4-Pin connector, Silver Power have chosen to include two separate cables for P4-12v (4-pin) and EPS12v (8-pin) standards.
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04-05-2007, 13:34:54

BloomerzUK
Can't go the page 2.. assuming there is one..Quote

04-05-2007, 13:36:56

JN
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Originally Posted by name='BloomerzUK'
Can't go the page 2.. assuming there is one..
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04-05-2007, 13:57:38

FarFarAway
Looks pretty damn fine to me tbhQuote

04-05-2007, 14:06:35

ionicle
woah

thats damn good for the price!Quote

09-05-2007, 12:56:38

llwyd
Just got around to reading this. I am very impressed, will be looking at one of these (or the next model) when it comes to upgrade without a doubt.

also the link to the forums at the end is dead mate.Quote
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