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The internal components in the Eco Power 300 are densely packed, with little
room for airflow between them. On the whole, components are smaller and fewer
than in the high capacity gaming power supplies that we usually see. In part,
this is due to the necessity of jamming everything within the confines of an
SFX12V enclosure, but it is also because a 300W power supply doesn't require
as hefty components.
Once again, this is a good thing for the environment. Higher capacity power
supplies require bigger and higher grade electronics, which have a corresponding
environmental cost, either because more toxic materials are required or heavier
refinement is needed to meet higher tolerances. Our
extensive research that shows that the vast majority of systems will fit within
a 300W power envelope, so the Eco Power 300 should have no difficulty delivering
the goods while still using fewer raw materials than typical "high end"
Densely packed electronics.
For the most part, the electronic components are smaller than usual.
Fancy three-layer heatsinking.
As is usual for Seasonic's power supplies, the fan is made by Adda, in this
case, an 80mm ball-bearing model. The fan is a high speed model, and is unlikely
to be quiet at full speed. Whether it is quiet at lower speeds remains to be
High speed and ball bearing ... not good for noise.
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