Long time readers of Maximum PC magazine already know what we think of PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ). More than a couple of PCP&P power supplies have ended up in our annual Dream Machine builds, and for good reason -- the company typically puts out rock solid PSUs.
The latest entry to PCP&P's PSU line is the Silencer 760, hitting the sweet spot in the Silencer series that ranges from 500W to 910W. The 760W also "further raises the bar with an 80 PLUS Silver efficiency" rating, running at 88 percent efficiency on a typical load.
As with all PCP&P PSUs, the Silencer 760 pumps all of its +12V amps through a single rail (74A in this case) rather than split them up through two, three, or even four +12V rails, as some PSU makers are prone to do. Other features include 835W peak power (the 760W rating is continuous power), dual 6-pin PCI-E connectors, dual 6/8-pin PCI-E connectors, eight SATA connectors, seven peripheral connectors, and one mini connector.
Long time readers of Maximum PC magazine know we've been impressed in the past with PC Power & Cooling power supplies, which have powered a number of Dream Machine configurations over the years. While things have been pretty quiet over at the PCP&P camp as of the late, OCZ on Wednesday made some noise when it unveiled the Silencer Mk II PSU.
"I am thrilled see the new Silencer Mk II brought to market and provide the premier power management solution to power users of all kinds, from enthusiasts to industrial OEMs," commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at OCZ Technology. "The Mk II is a perfect blend of proven, long-term technology and the newest cutting-edge design. With 25 years of high-performance power supply experience, PC Power & Cooling has always been at the forefront of the computing industry, and the Silencer Mk II represents an exciting new chapter in a long history of providing uncompromising quality and lasting value to its customers."
The new Mk II series comes in a variety of power configurations, including 500W, 650W, 750W, and 950W. With the exception of the 80+ Bronze 500W model, all the rest are 80+ Silver certified (88 percent efficiency). True to PCP&P's design philosophy, all Mk II models sport a single +12V rail, as well as a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan.
No other manufacturer's power supplies have been used more times in Maximum PC's annual Dream Machine configurations than PC Power & Cooling, and with good reason. We've yet to be let down or otherwise underwhelmed with a PCP&C unit, which is not something we can say about all PSU makers.
Adding to its Silencer line, PCP&P this week announced the Silencer 910 PSU, an 80+ Silver Certified power supply the company says completes the Silencer family line. The new PSU offers 910W continuous at 40C with a 1000W peak and boasts an 88 percent efficiency rating. As with all PCP&P units, the Silencer 910 comes with a single +12V rail, this one supplying 74A. The Nvidia SLI Certified unit comes with quad PCI-E power connectors (2 x 6-pin and 2 x 6/8-in), 12 SATA connectors, 7 peripheral connectors, and a floppy connector for those who still roll old school. It also comes with automatic fan speed control and a 5 year warranty.
The Silencer 910 is available now direct through PCP&P for $199.
There was some confusion regarding the future of PC Power & Cooling's Silencer series. Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management for OCZ (which owns PCP&P), has assured us that not only is the Silencer line alive and well, but they are working on new models for Q1 2010.