HardwareCanuck Review Editor
- Feb 26, 2007
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Power Supply Review
Product Number: S75QB
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Manufacturer’s Product Page : New Silencer® 750 Quad Power Supply
Fan Size: 1x 80mm
Warranty: 5 Years
Before getting too far into this review, let’s all just take a step back and look at how power supplies should fit into everyone’s component buying decisions. Of late, components have slowly decreased in how much power they require through the careful stewardship of the manufacturers who are striving to be more environmentally friendly. However, there have been “new” developments such as quad core processors and dual-GPU graphics cards which have contributed to once again spike the enthusiast’s need for higher-end power supplies. Consumers now have the very real possibility of combining the rendering power of three or even four graphics cards with a pair of quad core processors all in one system. Naturally, for all of this processing power you will need a high-end power supply and this is where a company like PC Power & Cooling comes into the equation. While their 750W Silencer unit we will be reviewing today isn’t designed to take the stress of a Skulltrail / quad Crossfire configuration, it seems to fit into nearly every other high-end configuration perfectly.
PC Power & Cooling is one of those companies which are always at the forefront of every enthusiast’s mindset when they begin looking for the best components possible for their new über computer. With their Silencer and Turbo Cool series of power supplies they have made their name synonymous with quality and uncompromising performance. About 10 months ago this legendary company was purchased by the OCZ Technology Group which has given them access to not only deeper pockets but also a massive distribution network. This means their products are now available at some stores for the first time. So far, OCZ has mainly been content to fill out last year’s PC Power & Cooling lineup with the introduction of an 860W Turbo Cool model as well as adding new colors to the Silencer series. In this review we will be focusing on their Silencer 750 Quad model which is squarely targeted at both enthusiasts and consumers looking for a power supply with a bit of room to adapt to upgrades down the road.
It looks to be like OCZ is doing extremely well with keeping the legendary PC Power & Cooling name alive and under their watch; it seems that the lasting appeal of these power supplies has not diminished. The Silencer 750W still carries one of the best warranties in the industry at 5 years which is backed up by some of the best customer support we have come across in a while. In addition, where PC Power’s units used to be known for their somewhat high prices, it seems like OCZ’s influence is paying off since this Silencer costs around $160CAD. This is a surprising value considering some competing power supplies have higher prices, shorter warranties and don’t have the storied history of PC Power & Cooling. Yet, history counts for nothing since that was then and this review will tell us what is happening with this Silencer 750W NOW. So, shall we see if the legend lives on?