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The casing is ordinary, but sturdy: Two C-sections fitted together like clamshells.
The exhaust grill is a standard grill of hex holes, and there is a standard
wire grill over the 120mm fan with seven translucent blades.
Two versions of this Globe
Fan were reviewed at SPCR by Devon Cooke in 2007. One had the Globe Fan
logo while the other was rebranded by AcoustiProducts. The AcoustiProducts variant
was closer to the fan in this PSU, as it had translucent blades as well. This
does not bode well. Devon Cooke wrote then,
"The acoustic difference between the opaque Globe fan and the transparent
AcoustiFan was quite remarkable. We've often said that transparent plastic
is unsuitable for use in quiet computers, and listening to the two fans side-by-side
demonstrated why. Both fans demonstrated the same underlying growl that increased
in pitch and volume as the speed increased, but the transparent AcoustiFan
also had a ringing overtone: The sound of the brittle transparent plastic
resonating. At higher speeds, the noise was especially intrusive, since it
developed a throbbing or thrumming that drew attention to itself. This effect
can be heard clearly in the recordings linked to below."
Never mind, let's hope the thermal fan speed controller in the PSU keeps the
fan acoustics under tight wraps.
The output cables are long enough for most cases, even with bottom PSU placement,
which puts the main ATX and AUX12V connectors on the motherboard farther away.
There are two graphics card power connectors, a 6-pin and a 6+2-pin, which
is ambitious for the 350W power rating. About the only video cards that call
for an 8-pin and a 6-pin 12V plug are super high end models like the AMD HD7970,
HD 6970 or nVidia GTX580 with maximum power around 210W~250W. With a
CPU that demanded under 100W peak and a minimum of other components, this is
doable, but there'd be no headroom at all.
1 - Main ATX 20/24-pin connector, 21 (53cm)
1 - 2+2-pin AUX12V connector, 23 (58cm)
1 - 6-pin and 6+2-pin video card connectors, 25 (62cm)
1 - two SATA + one 4-pin Molex power connectors, 29 (73cm)
1 - three SATA and one floppy drive power connectors, 29 (73cm)
1 - three 4-pin Molex, 26 (82cm)
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