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The Enermax NoiseTaker has fallen far, from a star on our recommended list
two years ago to a sub-par performer today. The change is not Enermax' fault
so much as the result of higher expectations and stiffer competition. Two years ago, quiet, highly
efficient power supplies of the type that we recommend today were very difficult
to find. Now, efficiency and noise have become major selling points, and Enermax
has not kept apace of the changes in the marketplace at least not with
the NoiseTaker II.
The best things about the NoiseTaker II are the features that prompted the
new revision. The cables are longer and more varied than the previous version,
which should please those who want to run multiple processors. The mixed SATA
and IDE connectors on the same cable is also a nice feature, as is the inclusion
of "plain" cables for those who don't like the mixed cables. The change
to the exterior casing also seems to have been for the better, as the new version
seems to be better cooled.
Nevertheless, the NoiseTaker is in need of more than just cosmetic changes
to bring it up to current standards. We hope to see a NoiseTaker III with better
quality fans and a low-noise fan controller. Until then, there are better (and
much cheaper) options than the NoiseTaker II.
SPCR Articles of Related Interest:
Power Supply Fundamentals & Recommended
Power Distribution within Six PCs
Seasonic S12-430: Our current low-noise champ
Enermax Liberty EL500AWT & EL620AWT Power
Enermax NoiseTaker 450 PSU (Original Version)
Enermax NoiseTaker II 600W (The Sequel)
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Much thanks to MaxPoint
for the opportunity
to examine this power supply.
this article in the SPCR Forums.
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