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HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX direct-plug review

Up for review today is the HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX, a power supply of sorts, but one that is a bit different than the SFX and SFX-L PSUs I have previously reviewed. What makes a DC-ATX unit different? It is right in the name, it takes a single DC input voltage and from that generates the various voltages needed by a typical ATX-spec motherboard: 12V, 5V, 5VSB, 3.3V, -12V, and the power good signal. That’s all it does though, so some sort of adapter to take AC power from the wall outlet and convert it to that DC input voltage is required to complete the …
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Enermax Revolution SFX 550W review

The SFX power supply market must be growing, because it seems like every few months now there are companies announcing new PSUs aimed at SFF enthusiasts. It was late last year that Enermax announced their Revolution SFX series, and today we’re now looking at the Revolution SFX 550W. While Enermax is no stranger to power supplies – and has even sold SFX units in the past – this is their first one aimed at the compact gaming rigs that have become significantly more prevalent nowadays. At a high level, the Revolution SFX 550W features fully modular cables, Gold-rated efficiency, all-Japanese capacitors, and is a 550W …
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SilverStone SX550 Review

On the bench today is the SilverStone SX550, a 550W SFX power supply with Gold-rated efficiency, 80mm fan, and fully hard-wired cables. An interesting unit that slots in between the more budget units like the Bronze-rated ST30SF V2.0 and ST45SF V3.0 that I reviewed recently and the higher-end modular units in SilverStone’s ever-growing line of SFX and SFX-L PSUs. So without further ado, let’s take a look! A disclaimer first before we get started: SFF Network does not currently possess the expertise or equipment to fully test the electrical performance of PC power supplies, and as such, this article should not serve as the …
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SilverStone ST30SF V2.0 and ST45SF V3.0 Review

Welcome to this special double feature PSU review! On the docket today are the SilverStone ST30SF V2.0 and the ST45SF V3.0, which are non-modular, Bronze-rated units with 92mm cooling fans of 300W and 450W capacity respectively. As the revision number at the end signifies, these are updated versions of previous SilverStone SFX power supplies and as such, they retain the old naming scheme. After reviewing high-end SFX-L monsters like the SilverStone SX700-LPT, Lian Li PE-750, and SilverStone SX800-LTI, it feels a bit strange to be reviewing more down to earth units like these, but realistically 300-450W would cover the vast majority …
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SilverStone SX800-LTI Review

It hasn’t even been a full year since the SX700-LPT came out, and yet Silverstone has already one-upped themselves on both wattage and efficiency with their just-released unit, the SX800-LTI. For those not familiar with Silverstone’s current SFF PSU model number scheme, that amalgam of numbers and letters translates to a 800W, SFX-L form factor, Titanium-rated efficiency, fully-modular power supply. Yes, seriously. But before we dive into our review, the backstory for this unit is quite interesting in and of itself, as it was less than a week after my SX700-LPT review (a 700W, Platinum-rated unit) went up – when I was wrapping up …
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Lian Li PE-550 Review

Welcome to another SFX-L power supply review! Today, we’re looking at the Lian Li PE-550, the second SFX-L unit in Lian Li’s SFX-L portfolio after the PE-750 I reviewed earlier this year. It is a 550W unit, Gold-rated, fully-modular, and features a slim 120mm cooling fan. And can I just say how awesome it is that this is the third SFX-L power supply I’ve reviewed in six months! It’s especially amazing considering the state of SFX/SFX-L PSUs even just two years ago. A disclaimer first before we get started: SFF Network does not currently possess the expertise or equipment to fully test …
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CableMod Custom SF600 Cables Review

If you’re like me, you’ve probably gawked at pictures of builds with custom-sleeved cables that are perfectly cut-to-length, and meticulously organized, for that absolutely stunning look. That said, actually cutting PSU cables and individually sleeving them is a very time-consuming and tedious endeavor to say the least, so if you’re also lazy like me you’ve likely realized that ain’t nobody got time for that, and settled for whatever cables were provided with your power supply. Fortunately, while custom sleeving used to be a mandatory weekend project of sorts, there’s been a rise in the past few years of companies like CableMod that make replacement cable sets for …
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Lian Li PE-750 Review – An Unexpected Entrant

Lian Li is renowned for their aluminum computer cases, but they’ve also offered power supplies at various times, either as standalone units or as PSU’s that were bundled with certain cases. However, it hasn’t been a product category they’ve really pushed in the last several years – so it was about as expected as the Spanish Inquisition for Lian Li to suddenly announce two high-wattage SFX-L power supplies, which is exactly what they did early last month. The two new SFX-L units they first shared with the world in April were the PE-550 and the PE-750, and it’s the latter of which that is the subject of today’s …