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The Seasonic G360 power supply brings much of the X-series
benefits to a lower power and price range without significant sacrifices. Its
electrical performance and build quality are excellent, and the 5-year warranty
dispells doubts that component quality might have been sacrificed to achieve
the low price point.
The quick safety shutdown at only ~20W above the rated output
load suggests that Seasonic engineers are more stringent in keeping the PSU
from being operated beyond its parameters, perhaps reflecting the use of less
tolerant components. The aggressive fan control profile also suggests that Seasonic
is hedging its bets on longevity with a higher airflow than has been the norm
for many of their other PSUs at similar loads. So the G360 is not the ideal
PSU for a system that has low ventilation or airflow and sustained peak power
higher than 150~200W.
Still, the high efficiency makes very low fan noise possible at
lower loads, and if DIY users stay true to the usual practice of buying at least
double the power their systems really need, the G360 will remain very quiet
in most modern systems with a single intro or mid-range graphics card and a
case with external air feed for the PSU fan. Such cases are the norm these days.
The G360 is a kind of throwback in some ways, as very few ATX
PSUs rated for such low power have been released in recent years. But the power
rating, small size and small heatsinks are the only reminders of earlier PSUs.
This model has super high efficiency (over 90%), vanishingly low ripple and
noise, superb voltage regulation, and a default fan level that makes even Seasonic's
earlier 300~400W models seem noisy.
The $60 sale price at Newegg and other vendors makes this little
PSU almost irresistable for SPCR aficianados. At time of writing, at least a
handful of SPCR forum regulars have shared the experiences of their recent G360
purchases. There will surely be more.
Much thanks to Seasonic
USA for the review sample... and the G360
Giveaway Draw for SPCR forum members.
For exceptional performance and value, the Seasonic G360 receives the SPCR
Editor's Choice Award
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Seasonic X-400 Fanless
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550W Power Supply
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this article in the SPCR Forums.
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