Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


The world of Small Form Factor (SFX) power supplies has been a fierce battleground over the last few years. Gaming systems have been getting smaller, the HTPC and Steambox markets are growing in popularity and the demand for a tiny PSU that can keep the system small, but still deliver the high-performance grunt required by modern gaming GPU/CPU combos is at an all time high. Enter the new Corsair SF600, the latest contender on the market and judging by the specifications, it may be the best one we’ve seen to date.

“SF Series power supplies bring legendary Corsair performance and reliability to the SFX small form factor standard. They have the features found in full-size high performance power supplies, with certification for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, superior voltage regulation, Zero RPM mode for virtually silent operation, and 105°C All Japanese capacitors for better reliability.” – Corsair

Equipped with 600W of power, more than enough for any high-end and overclocking gaming rig with a single GPU, 100% Japanese 105c capacitors, a zero RPM fan mode for ultra quiet performance at lower loads, fully modular cables and that super compact SFX form factor, the SF600 is certainly an attractive unit. To make the deal even sweeter, it comes backed up by Corsairs confidence inducing 7-year manufacturers warranty!

The packaging is very nicely designed, keeping in theme with other current Corsair product ranges and featuring a clear product image and the main specifications prominently displayed.

Plenty of technical information around the back too, showing off the efficiency and fan speeds at various load scenarios.

In the box, you’ll find two protective bags, one for the cables and another containing the PSU. There is all the usual documentation, a mains power cable, cable ties and screws; everything you need to get you setup and ready to rock.

Corsair Releases New SFX SF600 and SF450 PSUs

Building compact high-performance systems can be troublesome in many areas, not because people lack the skills, but because there was a lack of components to do so on the market. We’ve seen an increase in compact motherboards and graphics cards that still deliver great gaming and workstation performance, but there has been a shortage of quality power supplies with high ratings, actually there’s kind of only been one up until now.

We already had a little preview during our visit to CES in January and now Corsair is ready to release their new SFX power supplies with proper certification and a fully modular connection system. The two new power supplies are the Corsair SF600 and SF450 that come with 600W and 450W respectively.

Compact system builds have an additional challenge besides the component size and that is the available cable routing space. With that in mind, it’s great to see that the new SF600 and SF450 power supplies come with a fully modular cable system. You can detach all cables from the unit itself for easy cable routing while building and minimize the cables in the chassis to only those you need.

Corsair is well known for their power supplies and they didn’t skimp out on their new SFX series either. The units are fully 80Plus Gold certified for an optimal efficiency and less heat generation. Speaking of heat, the Corsair SFX PSUs are built with a 90mm fan featuring Zero RPM Fan mode. The fan is only turned on when it is needed and only spins as fast as it is needed. The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be.

The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be in order to have a long lifespan. That’s taken care of in the SF-series by the use of 100% Japanese capacitors and the units are backed by Corsair’s well-known 7-year warranty.

The SF450 is available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The SF600 will be available shortly and is available immediately for pre-order. The MSRP is set to $89.99 and $119.99 respectively, excl. Tax.

 

Fractal Design Node 202 mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Fractal Design are one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world, having created a stunning range of products over the years, as well as branching out into the world of PSUs, CPU coolers and more. Today they look set to dominate the living room, with the release of their Node 202 mini-ITX chassis. What makes this one so special is that it is designed to house a high-end system, but maintains that slim form factor, allowing you to put it under your TV or on your desk with ease; perfect for a gaming system/steambox or a HTPC configuration.

“The Node 202 is the ultimate PC case for those looking for a beautifully designed, compact chassis that can house a capable gaming build. This small footprint is an intelligently built unit where extreme detail was placed into the design phase to get every line and spec in perfect harmony. With both horizontal and vertical orientation possibilities, the Node 202 can be placed anywhere in the house. The sleek design makes it very attractive next to the TV in the living room or on your desk in the office.”

With a small footprint and a volume of just 10.2 liters, it’s hard to belive that this chassis can house a pair of 2.5″ hard drives, motherboard, CPU cooler, PSU and more impressive of all, a pretty large graphics card.

Specifications

  • Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 – 2.5″ SSD unit positions
  • 2 expansion slots
  • 2 – 120mm optional fan positions in graphics card chamber
  • CPU coolers up to 56 mm in height
  • PSU compatibility: SFX PSUs up to 130mm long
  • Graphics card compatibility: Maximum dimension of graphics card is 310x145x47mm (LxHxD)
  • Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
  • 3 dust filters included (for CPU, GPU and PSU)
  • Case volume: 10.2 litres
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions – Horizontal (WxHxD): 377 x 82 x 330 mm
  • Case dimensions – Horizontal, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 377 x 88 x 332 mm
  • Case dimensions – Vertical, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 125 x 385 x 332 mm
  • Net weight: 3.5 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 145 x 463 x 388 mm
  • Package weight: 5.2kg

To make the build even easier, the model we have today comes with that rather fantastic Integra SFX 450W 80 Plus Gold power supply pre-installed, meaning that you can get your system up and running a lot quicker, and that 450W delivery is going to be more than enough for even the most demanding CPU/GPU combinations.

“The Integra SFX 450W PSU that comes inclusive with the enclosure provides stable power to the most demanding systems. It comes with customized connectors and tailored cables perfectly fitted for use within the Node 202, contributing to hassle-free installation and cable management.”

  • 80PLUS® Bronze certification
  • 80mm, temperature controlled fan
  • Maximum operating temperature at full load: 50°C (50°C @ 100%)
  • Fully Intel Haswell C6/C7 compliant
  • 3 years warranty
  • Taiwanese capacitors
  • OPP / OVP / UVP / SCP / OCP Protection
  • Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
  • 100,000 hours life expectancy (MTBF)
  • SFX 3.3 PSU specification compliance
  • ErP 2013 compliant (<0.5W system power draw)
  • Colors available: Black
  • Unit measurements (WxHxD): 125 x 64 x 100 mm
  • Net weight: 1.0 kg

So specs and things aside, let’s move on to the actual hardware. First up, we can see the packaging is fairly simple, with a big sticker on the front letting us know we’ve got the Integra SFX 450W included in the chassis, as well as a handy 3-year warranty.

Around the back, there is a fantastic technical breakdown of each component, showing you exactly which features you’re going to get from this build.

First things out of the box, a simple user guide, warranty booklet and general product information.

You’ll also find a nice little box of accessories.

This includes a bundle of cable ties, all the usual fitting screws, and some stick-on rubber feet.

One of the most important components is this adaptor for the PCI-E slot, allowing the GPU to lay parallel to the motherboard, allowing for a slimmer chassis design.

Finally, there’s a slot-in vertical mount, giving you another great way to display your system.

It’s very sturdy and comes with four rubber grip feet on the base to prevent it from sliding around.

Now onto the best part, the chassis its self! It’s certainly nice and slim, and should blend easily into your AV setup; if that’s where you wanted it at least. There’s a little bit of ventilation down the left side, giving some extra airflow to the graphic card area.

Down the right side, a lot more ventilation, giving air intake to the motherboard and PSU mounting area, with even more ventilation on the top for heat exhaust from any CPU cooler you’re using.

The finish is sublime, a mostly plastic exterior, but with a soft matte finish that gives it a premium look and feel.

Aside from the subtle Fractal Design logo, you’ll also find all the usual ports and controls down here. One little touch that I very much like is the black USB 3.0 ports, as they’re visually less distracting than the usual blue ones, and that can’t be understated for those wanting a clean-looking HTPC build.

Around the back, we’ve got the motherboard I/O cut out, two expansion slots, and the PSU pass through port.

The PSU actually mounts on the front right corner, but an internal cable means you only have to connect the PSU power at the back, where you can easily hide the cables out of sight.

On the base of the chassis, a lot more ventilation. There’s a small vent on the right, allowing airflow to the PSU, as well as a long vent on the left for the PSU air intake.

ID-Cooling T60-SFX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

Introduction


ID-cooling are a relatively new player in the PC component market, but so far, we’ve seen some great cooling products from them and I’m eager to see how their first ever chassis stacks up against the competition. With a competitive price and promising high-end build quality courtesy of its pure aluminium casing, the T60-SFX sound like an attractive product for those looking at a mini-ITX gaming system.

Space is limited inside this chassis, but with the rise in popularity of mini-ITX form factor graphics cards, SFX power supplies and more, fitting a competent gaming system into a chassis of this size isn’t as tricky as it used to be. You’ll find there’s just enough room for a few hard drives, a reasonably sized graphics card and, of course, a mini-ITX motherboard and SFX PSU.

First impressions are very good, as the chassis is made from thick aluminium panels with a stealthy matte finish. The side panel is held in place by four large thumb screws, allowing for tool-free access to the interior. There’s also a good amount of ventilation, some to the rear of the PSU and a strip at the bottom that will help the GPU.

The same panel design around the back, helping further enhance the overall airflow, but no doubt sacrificing some sound proofing qualities at the same time.

The front panel houses even more ventilation at the bottom, as well as that rather funky looking power button and some USB 3.0 ports at the top. One glaring omission, however, is the lack of HD audio jacks, so you’ll have to rely on your motherboard’s rear I/O connectors.

Around the back, you can quickly appreciate how small this chassis is by looking at the motherboard I/O cut-out! There’s a small 92mm fan at the back to help with cooling, a pair of expansion slots and finally, the AC passthrough cable, as the PSU mounts towards the front of the chassis.

There’s even more ventilation on the base of the chassis, which is a good thing for your GPU considering the small capacity of the chassis and the fact it only supports a single fan, so you’ll be relying on passive airflow for the most part.

Silverstone Milo SST-ML08B Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

Introduction


Are you ready to take your big screen gaming to the next level? The desktop gaming market may be booming, but there’s a big demand for the something small, systems that is. Having a high-end gaming PC under your TV is very much a possibility, but few make compact cases as well as Silverstone and their new Milo ML08 looks set to dominate those smaller spaces. Under your TV, perhaps you’re limited on desktop space, or you want something portable for LAN gaming, this chassis is just the right size for all of them, but more importantly, it doesn’t compromise on the size of the GPU.

“Based on the excellent RAVEN Z RVZ02 chassis, the Milo ML08 is a super slim Mini-ITX console case with highly capable accommodations. With a volume of only 12 liters, this case is small yet easy to assemble when compared to other slim cases in the same class. There is plenty of room for a powerful graphics card up to 13 inches in length while tool-less drive cages make assembly quicker than ever.” says Silverstone.

As you can see, it’s pretty well equipped, but the most important aspect is the fact that despite only being 87mm deep, this chassis can house a full-size graphics card of up to 13″ long, which is pretty amazing; you’ll see how it does that in a moment.

We’ve seen impressive mini-ITX chassis from Silverstone in the past, and it’s no secret that the Milo is based around a very similar interior design as their popular RVZ02, but with a much less aggressive exterior design.

“With clever space utilization and engineering, two major heat sources are separated via the chassis’ main chamber so CPU and graphics card can each have their own airflow path. Despite its diminutive size, the ML08 is a remarkably versatile case that can be used anywhere from being a compact desktop workstation (in vertical orientation) to a living console or HTPC (in horizontal orientation). There are even optional models of ML08 with integrated handle, making them effortlessly portable and perfect for any slim PC build.” says Silverstone.

In the box, you’ll find a nice selection of bits and bobs, such as the user manual, fitting components, vertical stand and the riser cards.

There two adaptors are what allow the GPU to fit in such a slim chassis, by allowing the GPU to lay parallel to the motherboard, helping save a huge amount of space.

First impressions of the Milo are very promising, a powder black finish gives it an almost stealthy quality, which is good when you’ve got it sitting under your TV, as a bright chassis could be visually distracting. There’s a huge ventilation panel on the left side, with a clip-on cover/dust filter for easy maintenance.

A similar story on the other side, with another large cover for ventilation. This is a slim chassis for high-end hardware, so airflow is very important.

The covers pop off easily enough, giving you a quick and easy way to clean the filters.

There’s extra ventilation on the narrow side of the chassis.

And there’s even more around the other side.

The front panel is nicely designed with a subtle, yet rather stylish cover and a sliding port cover in the center.

Slide the cover over and you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks, as well as the power and reset buttons.

Around the back, you’ll find even more ventilation on the top edge, as well as a little more below the AC power pass-through connector. There’s the usual motherboard I/O cut-out, but you can now also see how the GPU is going to be situated next to the motherboard.

Chieftec SFX 500GD-C 500w Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Compact systems are becoming increasingly popular, with many chassis now being so small, that they no longer support the common ATX PSU standard. This is where smaller form factor power supplies, such as the Chieftec SFX 500GD-C we have on the test bench today, come into play. The smaller form factor makes them perfect for compact system builds and with 500W of power on offer, this tiny PSU still has more than enough juice to power a decent gaming system, making it a prime choice for those building a small LAN gaming system, HTPC style gaming system, or even just those who have limited room for a desktop rig/workstation.

In terms of hardware, the GD-C ticks all the right boxes, with a powerful 40A +12V rail, modular cables for easy installation and cable management, 80 Plus Gold efficiency and all the safety features we have come to expect from a modern unit. Of course, the real big, or should I say little, feature is that it’s all housed in a tiny little unit.

Packaging & Accessories

The box is nothing too fancy, but it does have a nice image of the PSU on the front, which shows off the modular cable design.

There’s very little in the box, so little that you’ll only find a user manual beside the PSU and modular cables. Annoyingly, there wasn’t even an AC mains cable. Fortunately, we have a few of those lying around, so that’s no going to cause issues with our testing.

SilverStone Releases Super Slim Milo ML08 Mini-ITX Chassis

SilverStone released quite a few great looking cases recently, such as the Milo ML06 chassis that we recently reviewed here at eTeknix, and now they are ready with yet another great looking mini-ITX chassis called the Milo ML08.

Milo ML08 is based on the Raven Z RVZ02 chassis, but with a more living-room approved design that reminds of a console rather than a PC case. The tiny chassis has a 12-liter volume, yet you’re able to mount quite a bit hardware inside of it.

Dual-slot graphics cards with a length of up to 13 inches can be used in this system, allowing you to build enough power into the tiny chassis. As mentioned, it takes mITX motherboards and you’ll need an SFX power supply too. Inside it features a 2-chamber design that helps to keep vital parts separated from excessive heat from other components. Both the CPU and the graphics card, which are the two biggest heat sources in a system, each have their own airflow path.

If you’d like to take your compact system with you where ever you go, then you might want to opt for the expanded model called the ML08B-H. This model also features a removable carrying handle.

Both versions of the chassis are available now and the recommended end user price, excl. VAT, is set to 93.48 USD for the ML08B and 106.68 USD for the ML08B-H.

Silverstone Milo Series ML06B-E Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Silverstone are known around the world, they’re titans in this industry and create a huge range of new products every year. They’ve got some of the best chassis, power supplies, coolers and a whole host of products for the desktop market and their reputation for premium quality is virtually unmatched. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their latest SFF chassis, perfect for the workplace, a compact home desktop, and even the HTPC market.

“The ML06-E is an evolution and variation of the premium Mini-ITX HTPC case, the Milo ML06. With external dimension unchanged at 7 liters, the ML06-E’s rearranged internal layout provides a crucial second expansion slot for support of more powerful low-profile discrete graphics card or expansion card that are two slots wide. For users that wish to build with a more robust GPU or tuner card in console/DVR-like form factor to game or for multimedia content recording, the ML06-E is a great starting point.”

The Milo ML06 is super compact but has just enough room to fit all the important hardware you’re likely to need. You’ll find space for a good amount of cooling, at least considering the chassis compact size, as well as room for a few storage drives, slim OOD and more!

In the box, you’ll find the vertical stand feet, which come as four pieces that clip together to make two. Four rubber feet for the bottom of the chassis, some cable ties and a 120mm magnetic dust filter.

Down the left side of the Milo, you’ll find a good amount of ventilation for passive cooling, but you can install 2 x 80mm fans here should you feel the need. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks, offering all the usual connectivity you’re likely to require.

The right side is a plain black panel.

The front is really nice, with a brushed black aluminium finish, a small power and reset button and the SilverStone logo stylishly situated in the corner.

Hiding ever so slightly, a slim ODD bay, perfect for multimedia uses.

Around the back, you’ll find an SFX PSU cut-out, the motherboard I/O and some expansion slots. The two main expansion slots are only half width, so you’re unlikely to get any serious gaming hardware in there, but networking hardware and more should do just fine.

On the top, there’s a good amount of ventilation above the motherboard and some more in the corner for the PSU.

The bottom of the chassis is a plain black panel.

SilverStone SX600-G SFX Series Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Silverstone is well-known for their high-end products, having created some very impressive power supplies, coolers, chassis products and a whole lot more over the years. One of their strongest areas is certainly in the power supply market, even more so when you look at smaller form factor units such as SFX. The benefits of SFX units are obvious, as they’re much smaller than ATX PSUs, which makes them great for slim and compact chassis designs, such as the RVZ01 which Silverstone produces. These slim chassis are often designed for compact workstations, or HTPC use and more recently “Steam Machine” style rigs. Squeezing a massive graphics card into a compact chassis isn’t impossible, but powering a monster GPU is not so easily accomplished with a tiny power supply and that’s where the new SX600-G comes into play.

The SX600-G packs an impressive range of features, such as 600W 80 Plus Gold Efficiency power delivery, more than enough for even the most powerful graphics cards on the market today, with some power headroom for overclocking of your CPU and GPU alike. In true TV infomercial style “but that’s not all”, this unit also features an intelligent semi-fanless design, allowing for zero RPM operation in low load or cooler environments, 100% modular cables, a powerful single 12V+ rail, and dual PCI-E 8/6-pin connectors; in short, this unit almost sounds too good to be true.

The packaging is nicely designed, with lots of bright colours and a good photo of the product, as well as a quick run down of the main specifications.

All the technical stuff is around the back of the box, not much interest to most consumers, but in short the PSU promises to be efficient and provide stable power output; pretty much what any PSU should do really.

In the box, you’ll find a few bits of documentation, an SFX to ATX adaptor bracket, some mounting screws and the AC power cable.

Corsair Displays RMi Series PSU at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Corsair is showcasing their PSUs among other things at this year’s Computex and we stopped by to take a look. On display is the RMi Series with 1000W, 850W, 750W, and 650W models.

The RMi series are high-performance power supplies with gold certification for efficiency. They are built with high-end Japanese capacitors and the fans use high-end fluid dynamic bearings.

The RMi series is fully modular, allowing you to create the best possible cable management.

Corsairs Digital Link allows you to connect the digital PSU to your system for temperature and output monitoring.

On display was also a 600W SFX PSU featuring a 92mm fan and modular cable sets.

Specifications

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified: High-efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs
  • 100% all Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure solid power delivery and long-term reliability
  • Zero RPM Fan Mode: Allows for virtually silent operation at low and medium loads
  • Configurable +12V rail options: Can be run in the default multi-rail +12V mode, or toggled to single-rail operation
  • Corsair Link Digital: Advanced desktop application lets users monitor and log fan speed, voltages and power consumption, as well as control fan speed and toggle the +12V rail from multi-rail to a single +12V rail
  • Seven-year warranty: A guarantee of reliable operation that will last across several system builds
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    – 650W – $129.99 MSRP
    – 750W – $139.99 MSRP
    – 850W – $159.99 MSRP
    – 1000W – $189.99 MSRP

Sharkoon Announces Two New SFX PSUs With 80 Plus Rating

When you build a small form factor system then you’ll also need a small power supply and it’s great to see more feature rich PSUs arrive. Today it is Sharkoon that introduced two new SFX PSUs with 80 Plus rating and even include an ATX mounting frame for cases that don’t support these smaller PSUs. The two new units are the SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W and the SilentStorm SFX Bronze 350W, and the names kind off give away their specifications.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W comes with an 80 PLUS Gold certification, a thing that’s not that common yet in the SFX form factor. Compact systems need effective and efficient power too, so this is great to see. The unit offers an outstanding efficiency of over 90 percent at 50 percent load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500 PSU is a fully modular unit, allowing you to have an even better setup in your tiny case. You still get two 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, four SATA, two Molex and one Berg connector next to the obligatory CPU and motherboard connectors.

 

 

The quiet 120mm fan should reduce the noise output significantly over cheaper units while still keeping it all cool. It is compatible with Intel Haswell CPUs and backed by a three-year warranty. The suggested retail price is €79.90.

The second new unit isn’t quite as powerful, but it also costs about half of the Gold certified. The SilentStorm SFX Bronze can provide your system with 350W or 450W of power depending on version. It is only 80 Plus Bronze certified, but that isn’t without either. The unit offers over 85 percent efficiency at 50% load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

This unit only has one 6-pin PCIe connector, two SATA, two Molex and one Berg connectors next to the CPU and mainboard connectors. The 450W model comes with one more SATA connector and a 6+2 pin PCIe connector. The unit is kept cool by an 80mm fan and come backed by a three-year warranty.

The Sharkoon SilentStorm SFX Bronze series is available starting at a suggested retail price of €49.99.

The power supplies also feature over power, over voltage, under voltage as well as short circuit protection to keep all your components as safe as possible.

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Silverstone Creates 500W SFX-L Form Factor PSU with 500W Gold Rating

Sometimes small is just a little too small and Silverstone has introduced the SFX-L form factor for just this reason. Someone has to be the first to pioneer new standards and many SFF enclosures have plenty of space to fit this extended SFX PSU; you should however check your specs two times before you order.

The new SX500-LG SFX PSU comes with an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating for the 500 watts of power it can deliver. The increased size of the PSU allows to use a 120mm over the common 92mm fans usually used in SFX PSUs. The use of a 120mm fan allows for both better cooling and a less noisy operation.

The fully modular layout allows for the easiest possible installation in those tight mITX cases and other small form factor enclosures. Further, Silverstone created all cables as flat arrays to keep the easy installation going. The included cable connections are two 6+2 pin PCIe, one 4+4 pin EPS, one 24-pin ATX, three SATA, two Molex, and one Berg/Floppy. Enough to connect and power a normal gaming rig, and your chassis doesn’t even have to support SFX power supplies as Silverstone ships this PSU with an ATX adapter bracket.

This is enough to connect and power a normal gaming rig, and your chassis doesn’t even have to support SFX power supplies as Silverstone ships this PSU with an ATX adapter bracket. The 80Plus gold rated PSU has a ±3% regulation and low ripple & noise performance for high stability and continuous 24/7 use with a 500w power output at a 40-degree operating temperature.

The new Silverstone SX500-LG PSU (SST-SX500-LG) should become available later this month.

Thanks to Silverstone for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Silverstone

be quiet! SFX Power 2 300W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


When a compact ATX power supply just isn’t compact enough you have to think outside the box, or use a new form factor. The SFX and TFX form factors are two of the most common small form factor power supplies aside from the standard ATX that is so common in desktops. The SFX form factor measures in at 100×125×63.5 mm compared to TFX at 146×83×64mm. SFX is short and stubby while TFX is long and thin. In that sense TFX is more server orientated when server racks tend to be long and thin. Conversely SFX is more orientated towards compact computer systems that are not so obscurely shaped. Very few power supply vendors produce SFX or TFX units for the consumer market due to the fact demand is so low. However, be quiet! being the smart company they are have seen the trend towards SFX and TFX power supplies in recent years as small form factor builds have become more fashionable.

Today we are looking at the be quiet! SFX Power 2 300W power supply which conforms to that minuscule SFX standard. 300 watts may not sound like a lot but with an Intel Core i7 4770K and GTX 750 Ti based system you could run a complete gaming rig off of 100 watts or so. With an extra 200 watts to spare there is scope for anything up to a GTX 770 in theory, providing you don’t overclock either too hard. Lian Li, Thermaltake, SilverStone and many more case vendors produce compact cases taking advantage of SFX PSUs. Therefore what I am getting at is the fact that building a tiny SFX based system has never been easier to do.

be quiet! offer 300 and 400W SFX power supply units: that 400W model gives you a lot of scope to go for a proper high end system. Sadly when we look at the cable options we see that you are limited by the single PCIe 6+2 pin connector. Determined system builders could make do with funneling the 12 volt amps through molex or SATA to PCIe adapters, the quality of the platform should allow this to be viable. However, the main issue will be whether the 12 volt rail is capable of delivering enough amps for a high end graphics card. My recommendation would be no higher than an R9 270 or GTX 750 Ti but you might be able to squeeze out more.

Packaging and Contents

Small power supply, small box. The SFX Power 2 comes with compact packaging and be quiet! are claiming compact and silent energy. Somehow I don’t think this will be the case; generally small fans on small power supplies end up being noisy.

The included accessories are standard for most be quiet! products: a power cable, user manual, set of cable ties and black screws.

Target Open Day 2014 – Chieftec Booth

I stopped by the Chieftec booth at the Target Open Day 2014 and they’ve certainly got a few things on their booth that grabbed my attention. First of all are their chassis products, while they’re not the latest and greatest from the company, they’re the first products to mark the return of Chieftec to the UK market after several years absence.

Most notable is their DX-02B, which we reviewed recently.

Then we have their mini-ITX form factor HTPC style chassis. I failed to catch the model number, but Chieftec have agreed to ship us a review sample, so keep your eyes peeled for an in-depth look at this in the very near future.

One of the best products that Chieftec have (if not the best), is their 500w SFX PSU. There are a few other companies touting similar models, but so far Chieftec are the only ones available to buy at retail. With all that power in such a small form factor, as well as an 80PLUS Gold rating, this could be a huge product for the company.

Chassis, PSUs and more are obviously of keen interest to the crowd, but when you’ve got a barrel of beer that pumps through a custom pump made from two power supplies, then you’re easily going to be host to a popular booth.

Thank you Roger from Chieftec for allowing me to review the performance of this unique beer pump. I may have sampled a couple of the beers too!

That’s all from the Chieftec booth for now, but I’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from the event.

Lian Li Reveal Unique Looking PC-Q19 Mini-ITX Case

The beauty of mini-ITX systems is that you can build them into unique and compact form factors. Lian Li’s latest PC-Q19 case is a fantastic example of this. With a sleek brushed aluminium exterior, a choice of black or silver and an upright design it looks perfect for a HTPC or stylish office PC.

Not only that but you can pack in some impressive hardware: an SFX power supply, three 2.5 inch drives, one 3.5 inch drive, a graphics card up to 8.6 inches and of course a mini-ITX motherboard.

The case can be positioned upright with the provided feet, or laid horizontally with the feet detached. This means it could easily fit in underneath a TV or inside a TV cabinet, or be a stand-up piece next to some floor speakers.

Lian Li’s PC-Q19 will cost $150 and is available by the end of this month.

Source: TechPowerUp

Images courtesy of Lian Li

New Small Form Factor be quiet! PSU’s And More At CeBIT 2014

be quiet! are one of the coolest component manufactures on the market today, their power supplies and cooling products have gone on to win countless awards for their exceptional build quality and performance. The latest and greatest entry to their CPU cooler series is the Dark Rock Pro 3, a real big boy of a cooler that features dual heat sinks and a pair of Silent Wings 2 fans for huge cooling potential and ultra silent performance.

It features incredible build quality that really sets it apart from the competition and a huge array of heat pipes to help keep your system cool and quiet. This product is already available at most major retailers and we’re happy to say that we’ll have one in for testing in the next few weeks.

Moving on to their power supply products we have their latest SFX and TFX products, both a none-modular and offer the impressive cool and quiet performance that be quiet! are world renowned for. We actually saw these two products earlier this year at CES 2014 (more info) and look forward to testing them out later in the year.

The latest Dark Power Pro 10 features 80 Plus Gold Efficiency and Platinum Efficiency for the 850W model. A powerful single 12V rail makes it ideal for overclocking and it’s backed up by a stunning 5 year warranty.

That’s all from the be quiet! booth for today, but we’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from CeBIT 2014.

BeQuiet! Display Their Latest SFX and TFX Power Supplies at CES 2014

Stopping by the Be Quiet suite is always fun at shows, as it normally consists of us having a friendly chat and drinking beer. Alcohol aside, we did stop by to see their latest range of power supplies. As we know, they have always developed some of the latest and greatest PSU’s on the market, but now seem them branching out to SFX and TFX based units.

The SFX model that was being showcased was a 300W with dual 12v rails. An 80 plus bronze efficiency rating comes included and of course being SFX includes a very small footprint.

Also if SFX is still to big of a unit for you, they have developed a TFX power supply for those really craving space. Of course, just like the SFX unit, it comes with braided non-modular cables and a small fan.

Again, we have a 300W unit with dual 12v rails and an 80 plus bronze efficiency rating.

They had a large area showing off their power supplies as this is still their core product and rightly so as the biggest PSU manufacturer in Germany currently.

We can only wonder why they have started to develop TFX and SFX power supplies now, and can only assume that maybe an obscure chassis will be arriving to the market in the near future that requires a small form factor PSU?