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  • sprockkets - Thursday, April 03, 2008 - link

    Their Zen 300w power supply costs around $75, although expect to have more issues with them than their 12cm fan ones.

    Every so often, I wish someone would review POS power supplies. Just to see what they would do, and how easy they can destroy motherboards.
  • piroroadkill - Thursday, April 03, 2008 - link

    And so, your wish is granted:"> Reply
  • dkreviews - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    If you are building HTPC and pick right components you can get away with fanless setup. I did just that for my HTPC setup and it wasn't a rocket science.

    I got Antec NKS2480 case with FSP Zen Fanless 400 watt PSU, Ninja Mini for CPU cooler and that's it! throw in hard drive and optical drive and you are all set. Antec case does come with 2x120mm fans that you can use, but it's not necessary.

    My HTPC is on 24x7 and temps are as reported by SmartFan during movie watching. (idle temps are even lower)

    Temp 1 38
    Temp 2 38
    Core 15C

    Power consumption as reported by Kill A Watt:
    Boot up 60-88 watt
    Idle 65 watt
    Non HD Movie 67 watt
  • dkreviews - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    I guess I forgot to mention I use Gigabyte 780g mobo with AMD 2400 (45 watt) Reply
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    Why are PSU makers still including more Molex connectors than SATA? Now that the optical drives have finally gotten their act together and moved to SATA, the need for Molex is primarily legacy devices. Would be nice if the PSU reflected this and flipped the ratio of connector types to support SATA. Reply
  • Zolcos - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    I have a lot of fans in my system, and exhausted my supply of fan mobo headers. Having a lot of molex connectors from the psu really helped out.
    Of course this situation doesn't mean a lot when we're talking about components designed for silence. But also consider that lots of people building a system just migrate optical drives from an old box. Not to mention that I needed to use pata optical drives in order to free up more sata ports, which are all in use now.
    Molex is still king. In fact most people using sata just have a single sata hdd -- there isn't a huge market for having lots of sata power connectors. If you really have that many sata devices, you probably need a bigger psu than this one anyway.
  • Christoph Katzer - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    I agree... sometimes there are still even more Molex than Sata connectors. I bought my first Sata DVD drive just a week ago, maybe there are still too many people with old stuff like me. Reply
  • HOOfan 1 - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    The case it comes in appears to have better build quality than the PSU itself Reply
  • Super Nade - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    It is better built than the FSP Epsilon and seems to be based on a different platform. The OEM is FSP (both the UL and the SPI on the transformers point to this). Reply
  • HOOfan 1 - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    I am mostly talking about the exterior appearance. I figured it was FSP just based on the way they broke down the label. Reply
  • Super Nade - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    Interesting concept though. I wonder how this will hold up with an 80mm fan? Reply
  • yyrkoon - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - link

    I use the Antec EarthWATTS 500 which also uses a 80mm fan, and i works fine. Matter of a fact the fan is barely audible most of the time.

    I do have do agree with the OP here though. At first I thought he/she was referring to the outside of the PSU, which I think does not look bad(except that ugly red button). The innards of this thing looks like it was put together by preschool children with construction paper, elmers glue . . . So . . . One cannot help but wonder if child labor is involved here.

    They sent this thing out looking like it does(including the heat sink that looks like it was cut out of an aluminum block with a rock) knowing that you would take it apart ?
  • sprockkets - Thursday, April 03, 2008 - link

    Well, since those heatsinks have to touch the external one, that is probably why they look like that, big and covered with thermal interface. Reply

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