Seasonic Super Silencer
SS-400AGX Active PFC Power Supply
seem to more "power related" issues these days than every before. Often
times, the problem boils
down to the power supply itself, and after switching to something a bit better the problems typically disappear. It suppose it just goes to show that
case manufacturers are not always equipping their products with the best
have stability problems with your system while it is
under load? Does your computer spontaneously reboot for no reason? Have you killed
a few pieces of hardware lately? If you answered yes to any one of the above
questions your power supply may be the source of all the
Seasonic is not a brand that most
computer users will recognize, but they have been producing
power supplies since 1975. Until recently Seasonic have been focusing on the
OEM market almost exclusively. The 400W Super Silencer SS-400AGX Active PFC is one
of Seasonic's first foray's into the retail market, and the power supply we
will be examining today.
Seasonic Super Silencer SS-400AGX Active PFC PSU is not much to look at, but
then again cheap gimmicks and multiple LED fans don't have much to do with a good power supply do they? Instead of bells and whistles, Seasonic have
tried to build on quality and innovation to attract their potential customers. How the
SS-400AGX performs will be the acid test of these
decidedly marketing department phrases.
With a retail price of $127 CDN ($99 US) the 400W
Seasonic Super Silencer SS-400AGX Active PFC PSU is priced a bit higher then some of
the better known brands such as Enermax, Vantec and Antec.
Please remember though that the Seasonic Super
Silencer is a more advanced power supply because it has Active Power Factor Correction. APFC
is why there is no need for a 115/220V switch.
The SS-400AGX PSU
is rated to deliver 400W of sustained power (450W peak). The +3.3V line
can provide up to 28 Amps, the +5V line 30 Amps (and have a combined output of
180W) and the +12V 22 Amps.
The SS-400AGX has the
usual 20 pin main ATX power connector as well as the accompanying ATX12V and
Auxiliary lines. There are also a total of eight Molex and two floppy drive
power connectors for those of you with lots of devices.