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| Silent Night 500
Platinum 80 Plus
ATX12V power supply
Rosewill is Newegg's house brand, although their products are ostensibly
offered at many other outlets. Before you shun it as a line of generics,
Rosewill claims their focus is on both value and price, and my scan of Newegg
user reviews (not exactly an impartial source, admittedly) suggests quality
is above par. This is our first look at a Rosewill branded product. The Silent
Night 500W was pointed out by Rosewill's Marketing Manager Chinny Chung as a
suitable product for SPCR to review, an opinion most readers will agree with
whole heartedly: It is a fanless PSU of the highest efficiency rating currently
The retail package is fairly modest in size by current standards, and
modest overall. No shouty colors here... but then this is a Newegg house
brand, and they've got to know better than anyone that package cosmetics
mean little when selling on line.
The back side of the box is plain indeed, providing basic information.
The internal packaging is good, with closed-cell foam (preferred over
styrofoam) used for shock protection.
All the contents: A pouch for the detachable cables, the PSU itself, a
paper user guide, AC cord, four zip ties, and bag of both screws and thumbscrews
for PSU mounting.
Deja vu was the feeling upon opening up the package: The Rosewill Silent Night
500 is obviously a rebadge of the Kingwin
Stryker STR-500. At time of writing, the two products are priced identically
at Newegg: $159.99. Outside the US and Canada, Super Flower is the name associated
with this product. The performance of the Stryker STR-500 was excellent, and
there is little reason to expect the Silent Night to be different. We can consider
it an opportunity to test a second sample 18 months later, especially against
the newer standard-setting Seasonic
520W Platinum fanless PSU released last year.
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