Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU

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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.


Nothing out of the oridinary at first glance: A near-standard ATX size, sturdy conventional casing, a 120mm fan with translucent blads.


Nicely sleeved bundle of output cables, and no vents except intake and exhaust.

The output specs label.


It's tidy inside, with small heatsinks as per the high efficiency norm.


The capacitors I could see were all Nippon Chemi-Con, as advertised, rated 85°C. No point going with higher temperature caps; with the high efficiency and the modest power rating, it just won't get that hot.


The fan is connected by a simple 2-pin wire.


It is a Globe Fan, marked model S1202512L. A search on the web led right back to SPCR: We reviewed a couple of Globe Fans with this model number back in 2007.

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.


OUTPUT CABLES

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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