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Author:  Devonavar [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:03 pm ]
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80 Plus hits Retail: Silverstone's Element Plus

Author:  burebista [ Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:58 am ]
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Thank you very much for this review. It seems that my expectations wasn't betrayed.
Price wise (at least in my country) this PSU is a winner in front of S-12 500.

Author:  winguy [ Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:20 am ]
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Many should be interested in ST40EF :).

Author:  Devonavar [ Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:34 am ]
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Just keep in mind that the 400W version isn't 80 Plus. You need to go looking specifically for the 80 Plus version to get hold of it.

Author:  burebista [ Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:10 pm ]
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But they say that ST40EF is 80Plus certified.

Author:  Devonavar [ Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:31 am ]
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So they do. Silverstone wasn't marketing it that way, so I assumed it wasn't (there's a non-80-plus 500W version). Guess I'm wrong.

Author:  Ackelind [ Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:22 pm ]
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With all these facts at hand, it seems like the 400W-model is the one that should have been tested instead. Perhaps a future review?

Author:  jaganath [ Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:37 pm ]
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Ackelind wrote:
With all these facts at hand, it seems like the 400W-model is the one that should have been tested instead. Perhaps a future review?


Um, is there any reason to suppose that the the 400W would be acoustically any different than the 500W (ie different PCB/heatsinks/fan)? AFAIAA SPCR has to make do with the models it is given to review, so unless Silverstone is feeling really generous we will not see a review of the 400W (also editorial time is limited, other big projects going on like fan roundup, CPU power survey update).

Author:  burebista [ Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:17 pm ]
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If we have in mind that 400W model has a medium ADDA fan, and if we suppose that both PSU have same fan controller, I guess that 400W model should be quieter than his big brother.

Author:  link1896 [ Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:48 am ]
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I am currently modifying an Enhance ENP-5150GH for water cooling, yes, water cooling the mosfets and diode packs. The enp-5150GH is VERY similar in layout and looks to the ST50EF-Plus


The ENP-5150GH uses 60amp diode packs on all three main secondaries, but does not have true split 12v rails, just a simple bus link allowing voltage drop measurements for current limiting. Still I think its the best power supply I have had apart as far as parts quality goes for the price by a long shot.

Author:  dhanson865 [ Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:46 am ]
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In another thread the van voltage became a topic of discussion for this PS. I thought I'd cross post this table here.

Code:
Silverstone Strider 560W
Ambient conditions during testing were 21°C and 19dBA, 119~121V/60Hz.
Watts  42    66    90   150   200   249   300    401    499
Fan V 4.7   4.7   4.8   5.6   7.3   9.2  12.0   12.0   12.0
SPL    24    24    24    24    28    36    40     44     44

Silverstone Element Plus ST50EF-Plus
Ambient conditions during testing were 20°C and 18 dBA, with 121VAC/60Hz input.
Watts  41    67    89   148   202   249   302    399    500
Fan V 4.5   4.5   4.5   4.5   4.5   4.9   6.8   10.3   11.6
SPL    23    23    23    23    23    25    34     41     43

Seasonic S12-500 / 600
Ambient conditions during testing were 21°C and 18 dBA, with 120VAC/60 Hz input.
Watts  xx    65    90   150   200   250   300    400    500
Fan V  xx   3.8   3.8   4.2   5.4   6.5   7.8   10.1   11.0
SPL    xx    21    21    22    25    28    34     39     40

Seasonic S12-550E+
Ambient conditions during testing were 22°C and 17 dBA.
Watts  41    64    91   150   198   250   299    400    500
Fan V 3.8   3.8   3.8   3.8   3.8   3.9   5.6    9.9   11.3
SPL    20    20    20    20    20    21    25     38     40

Seasonic S12-650E+
Ambient conditions during testing were 22°C and 17 dBA.
Watts  41    64    91   150   198   250   299    400    500
Fan V 3.8   3.8   3.8   3.8   3.8   4.1   5.3    9.1   10.9
SPL    20    20    20    20    20    21    25     36     43

Author:  dhanson865 [ Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:41 pm ]
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I though it was interesting that Seasonic switched to the high speed fan for the 650w version as seen here http://www.silentpcreview.com/article656-page3.html

You may also notice I edited the tables above to include the 550+ and 650+ for comparison. The S12 500, 600, and 550+ all use the same medium speed fan but the 550+ has a different fan controller. The 650+ has the higher speed fan but apparently a differnently programmed fan controller than what you see for the 550+ as they are each quieter at some speeds, proving surprisingly or not that a higher speed fan can be used to keep a PSU quieter if the fan controller is setup properly.

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