Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300 Watt Modular Power Supply Review

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Developments in graphics are truly getting astounding these days. It seems that every time you look up, there is a new game being introduced that doesn’t simply push the envelope in creating its own reality, it blows previous graphics experiences right out of the water. Every time you say “it can’t get more realistic or immersive than this”, something else comes out that goes it one better. Crysis, Metro 2033, Alice, Battlefield 3, Skyrim…the list goes on and on, with more to follow. Personally, I’m not really into gaming, but I have incredible appreciation for the graphics. I install almost every new game said to be tops in the graphics end simply to marvel at the graphics and anti-reality the development team has created, often playing them just long enough to check out more of the world within the game. But, that’s me, and there are a whole lot of people out there who do some serious gaming, sometimes to the point of what some think is fanaticism. Those people spend far more time in the gaming universe than the average person, and are very particular and demanding about the experience. For them, every frame, texture, and physics reaction all should be tuned exactly as they like for the utmost experience and, for many, this means the necessity of three, and sometimes four, high powered GPUs.

 

It may seem excessive, but if you spend a good amount of time doing anything, you want the best possible experience. Multiple GPUs allow for far superior frame rates at much higher graphics detail settings. In the case of nVidia setups, multiple GPUs can be used for graphics, with one dedicated entirely to PhysX for incredibly realistic object interaction, or dedicated to CUDA computation for enhanced video transcoding and other compatible applications. The thing is, even with GPUs and CPUs becoming more efficient, a high powered CPU and 3-4 GPUs is going to consume a lot of power, and likely won’t even boot with a 650 watt power supply we considered so large just a few years ago. You are going to need some big power output. Of course, ideally, you would like that PSU to be as efficient as possible with 80+ Gold or Platinum Certification, and a couple of added features would be a good way to go.

 

With the Silent Pro Hybrid 1300 Watt PSU, Cooler Master has actually added usability features to a category typically limited to simply watts and amps. The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300 Watt PSU goes beyond being an 80+ Gold, 105A single 12V rail behemoth, and incorporates a 7V chassis fan rail along with a 5.25” Dual Fan Control Module. After all, if you have need for 1300 watts of power, odds are good you are going to have more than a fan or two running in your case, and what better place to power and control them from than directly from the PSU? In addition to a single-channel, continuously variable controller for up to three chassis fans, the fan control module offers PSU fan control in addition to “PSU Fanless Mode”. In addition to the typical fan control we typically see used on a PSU, the Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W will keep the fan off, and therefore silent, whenever the load is below 200 watts and temps remain below 25 degrees Celsius. The Power end has no shortage of features, either; built to last with all solid Japanese capacitors, the Silent Pro Hybrid also features a patented Hybrid Transformer for greater efficiency and less heat and a Double Layer EMI Filter to get the cleanest possible power to your components. To make your installation a bit easier, and more efficient, the Silent Pro Hybrid is fully modular, with support for up to 6 PCIe 6+2pin 12v connections, four 4pin molex, twelve SATA and one floppy, along with the 24 and 4+4 motherboard connectors. All connection cables are extended length for usability in larger towers, and are encased in black braided outers. To keep all that wattage running safely, the Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W features multiple protection (OVP / UVP / OCP / OPP / OTP / SCP) design, and comes with a full five year warranty.

 

 

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