Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

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Testing

Big thank you to CryoPC for providing the following test rig:

CPU: Core i5 750 @ 4GHZ
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E
GPU: Sapphire 5850 1GB
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3
Storage: Samsung F3 500GB 16MB 
CASE: NZXT Hades

Methodology

Here at XSReviews, we don’t have the money for a full test bench when it comes to PSUs. Load testers cost thousands of pounds which unfortunately we just don’t have. Because of this, we don’t pretend to test the rail stability or efficiency of a PSU, as we simply can’t do it effectively.

However, what we can do is test the Ripple/Noise quality of each rail using an oscilloscope. The one used was USB Instruments Stingray DS1M12 using HP 3060 probes and also in line with ATX specifications, I used 10uF and 0.1uF capacitors to simulate added load.

Noise / Ripple Results

For a rundown of what noise/ripple is and why it’s important to test it, check out my last PSU review here.

The figure to note in the following images is the peak-peak voltage, the second reading.

 

3.3v

3v Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

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5v

5v Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

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12v+

5v Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

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12v-

12v Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

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None of the  rails were outside the accepted parameters so there should be no issues with using this PSU.

Conclusion

As usual this is far from a complete test of the Super Flower Golden Silent PSU, but from the Noise/Ripple testing it shouldn’t be dangerous to your other hardware and thanks to its accredited 80 PLUS certification, its efficiency should be up to scratch.

Unfortunately there’s no pricing information as I haven’t been able to find this available anywhere, but I’ve asked Super Flower and will update this review when it’s available.

Pros

Completely silent
Passes noise/ripple tests
Stays cool despite no active fan

Cons

Availability seems poor
2 GPU maximum support

 

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Last modified: May 29, 2012

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