Over Power Protection and Max Wattage
Power supplies often quote as having various protection mechanisms such and the most important of these is Over Power Protection. In our testing we crank up the power draw until the power supply either shuts down (meaning the OPP mechanism is present and working) or blows up (meaning it is either not present or not working). We then note the maximum power consumption before the power supply shut down (or blew up).
It may only be a 550W rated unit, but Silverstone’s choice of high-quality capacitors and quality cooling means that the unit managed to exceed 700W before it cut out, great for dealing with any sudden power spikes while gaming or benchmarking.