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Old 22-09-09, 06:13 PM
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OC3D Review: be quiet! 350w SFX Power PSU

"Looking for a quality small form factor PSU to replace the generic grey deathtrap that came with your HTPC chassis? Read on to see if be quiet! have the answer."



be quiet! 350w SFX Power PSU

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Old 22-09-09, 06:22 PM
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Very nice unit that, the size of it is great, whilst performance is sitll good. Looks nice as usual too!

Shame it's noisy at full load, but for the applications it's aimed at, will it ever reach full load?
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Old 22-09-09, 06:43 PM
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My initial thoughts were that they've done really well to get it so small, but it's a shame about the noise. Then exactly like Peter I wondered how likely it is for a HTPC system to hit full load.

Depends on if you use it for Bluray playback (thus a beefy CPU) or not I guess.
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Old 22-09-09, 07:37 PM
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Perfect timing.

Need a HTPC PSU as my relative's HTPC PSU just busted!

Gotta love OC3D.
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Old 22-09-09, 08:14 PM
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Perfect timing.

Need a HTPC PSU as my relative's HTPC PSU just busted!

Gotta love OC3D.
Glad to be of service

@Peter/VB, yeah I doubt in most systems it will come close to 350w so the high load noise won't really be too much of an issue. But on the other hand I do have a Q6600 HTPC with a HD4850 and 3x1TB HDD's, so I might give it a slightly hard time
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Old 22-09-09, 08:15 PM
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Just wanna make sure before I order, will this fit in an HP Slimline PC?

Don't wanna thread hijack. lol
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Old 22-09-09, 08:22 PM
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Just wanna make sure before I order, will this fit in an HP Slimline PC?

Don't wanna thread hijack. lol
If it takes a standard SFX PSU then yeah I'd say so. We can compare measurements if you're not sure tho
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Old 22-09-09, 09:25 PM
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Lol. That's a hell of a HTPC Jim!

I still find the size of the thing amazing. As so many PC parts are getting enormous (men and their size fetish eh) it's great to see some companies going in the opposite way.

I'd love to see how it looks in size against the PCP&C behemoth
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Old 23-09-09, 03:26 PM
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It all really depends if ur buying all the components for a htpc, or ur using gear u have lying about to make one.

The size, or shape, of the unit here wouldn't fit into the htpc I've got at present. It's more the shape of a squashed vhs-video unit - to that extent, the options are to really go with what is supplied with the case. It works, can't remember off-hand if it's 300/350/400 (might be a CiT), but it is a p4 designed psu, with optional replacements coming in the shape of some obscure ebuyer.co.uk stockers. 4 pins to the Q35m mobo has worked to this point.

So really, even with the psu being aimed at the smaller case market, u do have to consider the cases this could limit u to.

Imo too, being as this will not be used (or meant for should I say, cos people do some strange things) in some enthusiasts oc'ing, large graphics, loads of drives, rig - it has a limited appeal to the small case people that I don't think warrants a costing of £45 necessarily.

Having said that, it performs close to the quality of a regular atx of similar wattage. Therein lies the reason u would have to submit.

More than anything tho, I like the idea that the option is out there. Too many things pop-up during custom builds, that hamper what u might want to do. Having the shorter depth is great without the loss of quality.

Great stuff.

(another thing this will be good for is replacement psus for dell/compaq etc builds that often have a small-depth psu in them. if u try a regular one in them, u find the dvd drive doesnt fit. great option)
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Old 25-09-09, 09:23 AM
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Wouldn't this be perfect as the second power-supply in a WC system!

Just thought of that.
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