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Cheapest I've seen for a silent PSU rated at this wattage. Note this PSU does have a fan but it only starts when the temperature reaches a predetermined point - it is also a very efficient PSU (86%+). Watch out as it is a bit bigger than a standard PSU. Would go nice with the passively cooled 8600GT if anyone is building a silent PC...

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#1
* ATX12V version 2.01 compliant with 24-and-20-pin adapter connector with detachable 4-pin section for 20-pin for backward compatibility with older motherboards
* Dual +12V outputs, with dedicated circuits to isolate the CPU power line from peripherals.
* Hybrid fan design
* Exceptional power efficiency up to 86% (US version) at full load
* 4 Serial ATA power connectors
* PCI-E graphic card power connector
* Fanless operation for absolutely silent computing. Three user selectable fan kick-in points for quiet computing under higher loads
* Specially designed internal heatsinks and chassis heatsink for maximum heat dissipation
* ATX12V v2.0 compliance and ultra-high-efficiency design (up to 85%) allows Phantom to generate up to 70% less heat and consume 25% less power than standard PSU's saving you money on your electric bill
* Power Factor value greater than 90% (EU only)
* Gold plated connector for superior conductivity
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#3
Pretty tempted to get one myself but I don't think it will squeeze into my Fusion case (which has a pretty quiet PSU anyway). Still on sale at a lot more elsewhere though (£100+vat at overclockers...)
#4
Don't know anyone who would spend £66 on a PSU cooler
#5
Its a 500W PSU, but with extra large heatsink and high efficiency so it can run passively - its not really that much more expensive than a normal Antec 500W PSU.

Silent computing parts can tend to be very expensive, and for some people the extra cost is money well spent. For computers to run silently it is essential that everything is as efficient as possible and also cooled as well as possible - this necessitates high quality components and good quality heatsinks/heatpipes (lots of copper etc) which is invariably expensive. This PSU is particularly good as it will run silently when you are doing basic tasks (torrenting, listening to music or SD video, web browsing or just in idle) and then if you are playing games and it really needs to the fan can kick in preventing the PSU from overheating.
#6
ade2j
Don't know anyone who would spend £66 on a PSU cooler


You'd be suprised...alot of us geeks out there you know :oops:
#7
Yep, just bought this - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114945 for £67 today, was tempted to cancel and go for the phantom, but as Im going with an Antec Solo case, I thought Id go for a normal size PSU with modular cables plus this has a 5 year guarantee!

This one doesnt have modular, but it does look like its very quiet! Its not a PSU cooler ade2J its a Powersupply (PSU) and also very important as every device in your PC needs power, and the cheap PSUs really arent worth considering due to fluctuations in the power they provide your expensive components.





:thumbsup:
#8
russ
Yep, just bought this - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114945 for £67 today, was tempted to cancel and go for the phantom, but as Im going with an Antec Solo case, I thought Id go for a normal size PSU with modular cables plus this has a 5 year guarantee!

This one doesnt have modular, but it does look like its very quiet! Its not a PSU cooler ade2J its a Powersupply (PSU) and also very important as every device in your PC needs power, and the cheap PSUs really arent worth considering due to fluctuations in the power they provide your expensive components.

:thumbsup:


Mine was £25 with LED's in it. Works perfectly with my neons and varies LED Fan's. I have silent fans also (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=20759659629&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=97857 ) It is quiet quiet and much cheaper than that large thing.
#9
russ
Yep, just bought this - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114945 for £67 today, was tempted to cancel and go for the phantom, but as Im going with an Antec Solo case, I thought Id go for a normal size PSU with modular cables plus this has a 5 year guarantee!

This one doesnt have modular, but it does look like its very quiet! Its not a PSU cooler ade2J its a Powersupply (PSU) and also very important as every device in your PC needs power, and the cheap PSUs really arent worth considering due to fluctuations in the power they provide your expensive components.


£67? its £62 with google/super saver del :?

(top choice btw :thumbsup: )
#10
People spend £66 on a PSU, which is cheap by PSU standards, as it's the most important component and failure to buy a decent PSU will more than likely result in fluctuating voltages and insufficient wattage to components, ending in your PC frying and all components going with it. Spending 1K on a PC for instance and buying a £20 PSU, I think I would rather pay £40 more on a quality PSU than buying a whole new PC.

Antec seemed to have improved quality on their PSU's since I owned one last but I do know even with a regular fan, they run pretty damn hot! If using a passive cooled graphics card as well, you will need a case with excellent airflow to keep temperatures under control.
#11
"Silent fans" doesnt necessarily mean silent, and one manufactures interpretation will be different to another's. Any 80mm fan is going to produce some noise, so none are strictly silent. The Antec 80mm fan in the Neo and Earthwatts is supposed to run at a very low speed which is pretty quiet. The 120mm fans are best as they can rotate at a slower speed to achieve the same amount of air flow and produce less noise.

I think a £25 PSU can be fine but PSUs tend to "ramp up" when theyre under higher load - this means more noise, especially from cheaper PSUs. If youre happy with the noise levels thats the main thing.

Here's the place to read up on this stuff, Ive been looking into it for days (sad geek that I am) http://www.silentpcreview.com/

Vowo, yes I did go through Google, and got the checkout - pleased to hear you liked my final choice - took me long enough to decide!
#12
Think people might be missing the point slightly. This is designed to be a passive PSU - that is totally silent, but it has a fan as a failsafe for when it gets too hot. This won't happen if its in an adequately ventilated area and you are using under ~40% of the rated power (so about 200W) as its based on a design which was totally passive ie no fan at all. Its not really something you can compare to a cheap PSU, or most other PSUs really, as its designed for the silent pc market, so its really for comparing to similar models from the likes of Zalman.
#13
russ
"Silent fans" doesnt necessarily mean silent, and one manufactures interpretation will be different to another's. Any 80mm fan is going to produce some noise, so none are strictly silent. The Antec 80mm fan in the Neo and Earthwatts is supposed to run at a very low speed which is pretty quiet. The 120mm fans are best as they can rotate at a slower speed to achieve the same amount of air flow and produce less noise.
I think a £25 PSU can be fine but PSUs tend to "ramp up" when theyre under higer load - this means more noise, especially from cheaper PSUs. If youre happy with the noise levels thats the main thing.

Here's the place to read up on this stuff, Ive been looking into it for days (sad geek that I am) http://www.silentpcreview.com/


Works fine for me never loud only loud thing is my DVD-RW thats about it. As I make my own PC's I can choose how I want it to be. Depends really how bothered you are about noise. If you have music on all the time or are gaming alot what's it matter? I like to hear it's on anyway :thumbsup:

Those fan's are pretty good though work a treat. As PC's update all the time I hate buying expensive equipment then 6 months later wanting to upgrade again. All depends on money in the end for me.
#14
Yeah good point ajd2j - your priorities are different to mine, Im more interested in making my as PC quiet as possible as I use it as a recording studio, Im not too worried about games. My plan is to have the Corsiar PSU, and one 120mm exhaust fan, passive heatsink on the graphics card and quiet CPU cooler. Also the Samsung Spinpoint drives are apparently very quiet. All in the soundproofed Antec Solo case. Should have the build finished in a week or so. :)
#15
russ
Yeah good point ajd2j - your priorities are different to mine, Im more interested in making my as PC quiet as possible as I use it as a recording studio, Im not too worried about games. My plan is to have the Corsiar PSU, and one 120mm exhaust fan, passive heatsink on the graphics card and quiet CPU cooler. Also the Samsung Spinpoint drives are apparently very quiet. All in the soundproofed Antec Solo case. Should have the build finished in a week or so. :)


Yeah I might look at something for my recording studio too as my condenser mic's pick up everything in my tower :giggle:
#16
Some people find the noise from fans very distracting, and for things like HTPC and music production its good to have a very quiet PC. If you have a computer in your bedroom used as a server you might appreciate the silence.

Its quite a small market, silent computing, but there is most definately a market and people are prepared to pay a lot more than £66 for a PSU!
#17
genkgenk
which is cheap by PSU standards, as it's the most important component and failure to buy a decent PSU will more than likely result in fluctuating voltages and insufficient wattage to components, ending in your PC frying and all components going with it. Spending 1K on a PC for instance and buying a £20 PSU, I think I would rather pay £40 more on a quality PSU than buying a whole new PC.




where do you get your information from? even the dirt cheap PSU have inbuilt safety features which shut the thing off if things get hairy

do you actually know anyone that has lost components because of a power supply problem, or is it as i assume a case of "my mothers, brothers, friends, son, read on some forum......"

there is no real need to buy anything above a £10 cheapo PSU, unless you have your computer on for many hours a day in which case a more efficient PSU might save you money in the long run




/me awaits the bashing from those dumb enough to fall for propaganda and hand over £100 for a PSU
#18
cells
where do you get your information from? even the dirt cheap PSU have inbuilt safety features which shut the thing off if things get hairy

do you actually know anyone that has lost components because of a power supply problem, or is it as i assume a case of "my mothers, brothers, friends, son, read on some forum......"

there is no real need to buy anything above a £10 cheapo PSU, unless you have your computer on for many hours a day in which case a more efficient PSU might save you money in the long run




/me awaits the bashing from those dumb enough to fall for propaganda and hand over £100 for a PSU


ok, we'll agree to disagree.... :)
#19
cells
where do you get your information from? even the dirt cheap PSU have inbuilt safety features which shut the thing off if things get hairy

do you actually know anyone that has lost components because of a power supply problem, or is it as i assume a case of "my mothers, brothers, friends, son, read on some forum......"

there is no real need to buy anything above a £10 cheapo PSU, unless you have your computer on for many hours a day in which case a more efficient PSU might save you money in the long run




/me awaits the bashing from those dumb enough to fall for propaganda and hand over £100 for a PSU

I take your point, but do you really want all your expensive components being driven by a £10 PSU? The variations in voltage do worry me with these models, especially if you plan even modest overclocking.

I built my sister a cheap PC last year with such a model, and after 9 months it started emitting a horrible smell and eventually died. Maybe it is hype, but Id rather spend a bit more on something quiet, and reliable :)

Personally I think its "dumb" to pay all that money for a nice system only to plug it all into a £10 power supply!
#20
cells
where do you get your information from? even the dirt cheap PSU have inbuilt safety features which shut the thing off if things get hairy

do you actually know anyone that has lost components because of a power supply problem, or is it as i assume a case of "my mothers, brothers, friends, son, read on some forum......"

there is no real need to buy anything above a £10 cheapo PSU, unless you have your computer on for many hours a day in which case a more efficient PSU might save you money in the long run




/me awaits the bashing from those dumb enough to fall for propaganda and hand over £100 for a PSU



What person does not have their computer on for hours everyday? Mine is on 24/7.
#21
If you pay the extra for a more efficient PSU, it will probably pay for itself over its lifetime. PSU's such as the Seasonic range or the new iGreen series cost less to run. When you factor that over the lifetime of your PC it's not insignificant.

Also, PSU problems are among the hardest hardware problems to track down. Personally I allways pay a bit extra and get a branded PSU.
#22
russ
I take your point, but do you really want all your expensive components being driven by a £10 PSU? The variations in voltage do worry me with these models, especially if you plan even modest overclocking.

I built my sister a cheap PC last year with such a model, and after 9 months it started emitting a horrible smell and eventually died. Maybe it is hype, but Id rather spend a bit more on something quiet, and reliable :)

Personally I think its "dumb" to pay all that money for a nice system only to plug it all into a £10 power supply!



doesn’t work like that though

when your building a PC you have a budget, the choice is not usually £10 PSU or £60PSU

it would be £10PSU and an e6600 or £60PSU and an e6400 ect.


also the voltage variation as far as i know is DOWN which can NOT harm your computer, only Up can!!!


but as someone already mentioned if your running your comp for a good few hours a day then the more expensive PSU tend to have better efficiency and will pay for themselves over their lifetime
1 Like #23
Given two power supplies, one which has 75% efficiency, one which has 85% efficiency, providing 200W 24/7 to a system. The cheaper 75% efficiency PSU will be converting 66W of energy into heat. The more efficient PSU will be converting just 36W of energy into heat. Over a year, that will be 263kWh (units) of electricity more used by the less efficient PSU. These figures are fairly accurate estimates for efficiency. At 8 pence per unit, thats over £21 extra you would pay a year. In a system that is on 24/7 it really does pay to buy efficient parts such as PSU and processor.
#24
Noise is a big issue for me, as well as efficiency. My past PSUs have all been noisy bu**ers because Ive bought cheap ones. In my experience along with the graphics cooler the PSU can be the noisiest component, not great for when you want to build a quiet PC.

Should be better with the soundproofed case, quiet PSU and passive graphics card. The only noise will be from the Artic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 and the 120mm Antec exhaust fan I hope if the temperatures allow.

Here's a good option for those not wanting to spend as much but still wanting to keep the noise down - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/104478




:)
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russ
Yep, just bought this - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114945 for £67 today, was tempted to cancel and go for the phantom, but as Im going with an Antec Solo case, I thought Id go for a normal size PSU with modular cables plus this has a 5 year guarantee!

This one doesnt have modular, but it does look like its very quiet! Its not a PSU cooler ade2J its a Powersupply (PSU) and also very important as every device in your PC needs power, and the cheap PSUs really arent worth considering due to fluctuations in the power they provide your expensive components.





:thumbsup:


Well you made an excellent decision. That Corsair 520w for £62 delivered with google checkout blows this Antec out of the water.
#26
Archer
Well you made an excellent decision. That Corsair 520w for £62 delivered with google checkout blows this Antec out of the water.


Have to agree this is *one of* the best PSU's on the market. Made by Seasonic.
Rock solid voltages, extremely low ripple & ultra quiet fan (I mean ultra quiet!). If that was not enough it has gold plated terminals, conforms fully to the ATX2.2 spec & is crossfire & SLI capable.

This was on my list at #1 as I'm buying a few pc bits right now but it has been pushed to #2. A Enermax Liberty 400W won the day tho'. Same fantastic spec but £20+ cheaper as it is a lower wattage model but with bigger brother ideas & comes in a nice glossy speckly case:-D

The Antec silent psu is a rather smart affair, some of which I looked at to start with but decided against, on the grounds that heat does not get dissapated out of the case just wanders aimlessly around heating up the internals unless you have an appropriate postioned fan to exhaust the hot air... but then this PSU does [COLOR="Red"]not[/COLOR] become silent!!!
#27
It worked out £57 because I bought the antec solo case with it (could have split the orders into two I spose, but Ive already had a couple of £10 orders out of the Google thing, and paying shipping on both would have made it a similar price :)

My only concern is that 520W is a bit overkill for the system Im building - Its not a powerhouse, its just a E6600 Core2duo, 2Gb RAM, 7600GT and 2xSATA HDD with 1xSATA DVDRW. I may have been better with a 430W offering from Seasonic.
#28
I have a fanless Silverstone that is rated for 300W and I’m very happy with it. I considered the Antec but it’s very long and it’s a tight fit in an Antec P180/182 case which is my case of choice. These Antec cases are a good choice for a fanless power supply as they have a separate lower chamber for the power supply which means it doesn’t have to deal with the heat of the CPU, VGA card & motherboard.

A word of warning about this power supply; it is nosier than the Corsair HX520 if you have a high power system (~300W). The Corsair seems to be the quietest power supply for running a 300W rig; this excludes using my Silverstone which I would be wary of running continuously at full load.

Ebuyer have a 330W Seasonic S12 which can be had for as little as £33 using GC. They are very quiet but over time the fan can get noisier so if you really want silence just go fanless.

My Silverstone cost me about £75 including postage which is similar to what I paid for my case. My X2 3600 & MSI K9N SLI Platinum cost me £75 for the pair; I got a great deal on the motherboard. This might seem strange to some people but that’s what my priorities are. The setup will also run a Core 2 Duo over-clocked to 3 GHz in close to silence, so it’s a flexible system if I decide I need more performance.
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Well don't think too many people would be disappointed with the Corsair 520w PSU, I just installed one of these little beauties into a new rig and am totally blown away with the noise (or lack of) coming from it, I personally didn't know they could make power supplies as quiet as this and have to keep checking that it is actually on.
Add to that 5yrs warranty and enough power to run most rigs for those 5 yrs and you have a winner.
#30
SmilingCrow

Ebuyer have a 330W Seasonic S12 which can be had for as little as £33 using GC....... [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]They are very quiet but over time the fan can get noisier so if you really want silence just go fanless.[/COLOR]



Well this could always be the case but I've had a Elan Vital psu running in my rig now for someit like 8 years which has seen fit to continue working through various upgrades & the fan has not becoming any noiser. Although by todays standards it is not a quiet psu!
#31
Corsair 520W ftw personally. SPCR rated it as a really good psu and one of their recommended. It doesn't matter if it's an overkill since it will only provide the pc as much as it needs. Never tried the Phantom, but by the looks of the corsair, and the customizable slots (so you don't have any loose wires) and the fact that it is quiet/silent, is enough to justify it's price tag.
#32
Kulaak
Well this could always be the case but I've had a Elan Vital psu running in my rig now for someit like 8 years which has seen fit to continue working through various upgrades & the fan has not becoming any noiser. Although by todays standards it is not a quiet psu!

The noise increase is much more noticeable in a system that is almost silent as all of a sudden you can hear the fan when before you couldn’t. In a normal system you will likely not notice the noise increase as the baseline noise level is so high.

I’m not suggesting that this always happens, but it happened with my Seasonic S12 and it’s certainly a possibility with most fans over time.
#33
SmilingCrow
The noise increase is much more noticeable in a system that is almost silent as all of a sudden you can hear the fan when before you couldn’t. In a normal system you will likely not notice the noise increase as the baseline noise level is so high.

I’m not suggesting that this always happens, but it happened with my Seasonic S12 and it’s certainly a possibility with most fans over time.


Yes I agree as I previously noted. While I have seen psu's give up the ghost through fans becoming noisy due to failure of their bearings or lack of them my psu fan has none of these traits, no chugging, squeling or knocking noises. Just air blowing noise :) Unfortunately it's a fixed rotation unit so noise levels are quite high.... however hopefully in a month or so time I should have a much more silent PC even tho' it will be a hot rod :-D
#34
Thats my main motivation for wanting to part with £57 for the Corsair (after GC), the noise. Also the high efficiency rating, which means as Artonox says it will draw what it needs rather than the cheap PSUs that use more electricity at all times (from what Ive read about the subject).
#35
russ
Thats my main motivation for wanting to part with £57 for the Corsair (after GC), the noise. Also the high efficiency rating, which means as Artonox says it will draw what it needs rather than the cheap PSUs that use more electricity at all times (from what Ive read about the subject).


It should be noted as this is not part of the 80+ efficiency standard the Corsair actually drops to 70% efficiency at low loads. Encroaching 80% at 150/60watts of usage. It only really reaches it's near max of 85% at 300 watts

EDIT: These specs are for the 620HX so the 520HX will differ slightly due to lower power.
#36
Kulaak
It should be noted as this is not part of the 80+ efficiency standard the Corsair actually drops to 70% efficiency at low loads. Encroaching 80% at 150/60watts of usage. It only really reaches it's near max of 85% at 300 watts

EDIT: These specs are for the 620HX so the 520HX will differ slightly due to lower power.


Thanks, I thought that might be the case. :thumbsup:
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