Silver Power GuardianX 1000w SP-1000E ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging

As we said previously in the Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w review, it would be foolish to expect anything but the basics in the packaging department. After all Silver Power is all about saving money on the non-essentials, and when you add up the cost of fancy artwork, leather cases, labels, stickers and other tidbits the overall cost can be substantially inflated. Those of us looking for a big bundle of goodies in with their next PSU purchase should definitely check out the Tagan Turbojet 1100w.

Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Box Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Box

Silver Power GuardianX 100w Box

The GuardianX is packaged in a double walled cardboard box, printed with the very same graphics we saw on the earlier Blue Lightning review. I can't say I'm a fan of the multi-coloured light effect, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter as the box is likely to be discarded or banished to the loft. Printed on the side of the packaging is a table that details the power distribution over its 10 rails. Turning the box up-side-down reveals further information on the PSU's features and its 24month guarantee.

Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Open Box Silver Power GuardianX 100w Contents

Slightly more attention has been paid to the internal packaging this time around, with the power supply and cables all snugly protected by a moulded styrofoam insert. The PSU has also been placed inside a polythene bag to protect it from minor scratches and scrapes to its paintwork.

The GuardianX also comes with a UK power cord and case screws to get you up and running - something that Silver Power neglected to include with the Blue Lightning 600w unit.


Appearance

Measuring in at 180mm long, the Silver Power GuardianX isn't much bigger than your average ATX power supply. This is great news for those of us with small cases or limited space around the PSU area. However, previous 1000w unit's we've tested around this size have all suffered from overheating issues or poor performance, so it will definitely be interesting to see how the GuardianX performs in our tests over the next few pages.

Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Back Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Front

Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Top Silver Power GuardianX 100w Side

Silver Power have gone for a more plain appearance this time round, using a black powdercoat painted finish. This is a slight come-down after the Blue Lightning unit impressed us with its sexy gunmetal grey exterior. But yet again this could have been done to reduce costs on non-essentials, and spend the money where it matters most - on the internal components.

Silver Power GuardianX 100w Vents Silver Power GuardianX 100w LED

The GuardianX is based on a standard 80mm fan design, with air being drawn into the unit from the inside the PC case, over the PSU components and exhausted out the back of the unit. Additional vents have also been installed on the top and side of the unit near to one of the main internal heatsinks to further aid cooling efficiency.

Silver Power have also included a LED status indicator that changes from red to green when the unit is powered on and back to red if a problem is detected.

Silver Power GuardianX 1000w Pots

Something I wasn't expecting to see on the GuardianX was adjustable potentiometers (pots). Found normally only on very high-end enthusiast orientated PSU's, these pots can be used to fine tune the voltages on each one of the power supply's rails. As you can see from above, these have been placed behind two small cut-outs on the side of the PSU casing, requiring only a small screwdriver to make any neccesary changes.
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16-05-2007, 10:34:54

llwyd
wow thats some mad results from such a new company and for such a price

nice review as always dudeQuote

16-05-2007, 11:07:38

FragTek
Amazing results TBH... Would have never guessed.Quote

16-05-2007, 11:22:03

FarFarAway
Looks like a totally solid performer Quote

16-05-2007, 11:43:26

Toxcity
WOAH!

That is one awesome PSU and one of the hook review! Quote

16-05-2007, 12:05:59

chudley
I have read the review twice and could not see the price anywhere, could someone tell me what it is please, I am getting some sleep before reading it again.Quote
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