Inside PC Power & Cooling

PC Power showed us their facility, which contains of a huge R&D center, an area where they customize power supplies, an RMA area where power supplies are also refurbished, and the warehouse. Several electricians in the RMA area are testing power supplies that came back for whatever reason. The larger area is being used to customize power supplies. PC Power & Cooling allows end-users to get additional cable harnesses or connectors, and if you choose this option it will be done by hand in this area for each customer. You may recall our review of the Turbo Cool 860 that came with six PCI-E connectors and extra SATA connectors. That wasn't something PC Power did specifically for AnandTech; it's a service they offer to any customer (for a price). PC Power has many commercial customers and most of them require customization, which is done here as well.


A small room contains another Chroma 8000 ATE together with a small thermal chamber. PC Power is using this Chroma to perform the R&D work and tests on upcoming power supplies. We saw quite a few power supplies from different vendors that made their way down here for evaluation. We tested a few power supplies along with the new UPC PC Power showed in Las Vegas. Pictured above is the sine wave on the scope from when we were testing the UPC waveforms.

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  • Totally - Saturday, January 24, 2009 - link

    and it felt like a total guilt trip, I have a Silencer 750 Quad, 2yrs old going on 3, and it's even seen quite a few of it's comrades come and go. My only complaint is that they built the things too damn good, not that I'm alluding to anything. Reply
  • Mr Roboto - Saturday, January 24, 2009 - link

    I'm surprised to see no comments yet. Anyways I always go for a blend of performance, quality and price. PCP&C fits that perfectly. In fact I'm currently using a Silencer 750 that I don't even notice is there. To me that's what it's all about. I don't need to hear it or see it and If I do it's because something is wrong. Reply
  • Totally - Saturday, January 24, 2009 - link

    post anything AMD/Intel related and they'll queue up faster than the homeless at a soup kitchen. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, January 24, 2009 - link

    I picked up the Silencer 750 Quad last year from Newegg when it was on sale for $100... haven't regretted that decision *at all*! In fact, the same PSU is still available for $90 after MIR at Newegg (although I'd prefer the $100 without MIR personally). Reply
  • Theguynextdoor - Saturday, April 03, 2010 - link

    About 4 1/2 years ago I was in the market for a quality PSU for an affordable price After a month of research I *really* wanted a PC P+C. Then OCZ entered the PSU market with their first three PSu's The original Powerstream 420, 520 and 600. I read the reviews everyone said they were fantastic and eventually found out they were made by PC Power. Found a 420w on sale for $3.

    This PSU has outlasted every part I have ever thrown at it. I was skeptical at first with it being two 80mm fans. I now understand it doens't matter. It is quiet (even more so then my 1200rpm 120mm scythe's, only my 800rpm's are quieter).

    This is my favorite part of my computer. Because it's the only one I never have to seem to replace. I haven't even peeled off the sticker that allows access to the three screws that ups the power to individual rails.

    I know not all of OCZ's PSU's are of this quality anymore (they probably have it outsourced from other companies now). But their PC P+C built ones are definitly quality. Couldn't be happier.
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