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Power supply efficiency, if you haven’t noticed, is the only interesting issue in power supplies today. As recently as a few years ago, the only things noticed by most enthusiasts were brand, wattage, weight, whether or not the PSU was modular, or how many +12v rails it had. Most people just worried about cost. Efficiency was noted in a power supply’s specs, but usually not paid attention to by anyone not actually into electricity. And there was nothing interesting about a power supply with 60%-72% efficiency, the range that nearly all power supplies fell into anyway. So what does PSU efficiency mean? The job of a power supply is to convert 117 volt AC power (240 VAC in Europe) from the wall socket to 12 volt/5 volt/3.3 volt DC power used by your computer’s components. A necessary byproduct of this conversion is heat, hence the heatsinks and fan(s) contained within the PSU case to keep heat away from the PSU’s components. The greater a PSU’s efficiency, the more AC power that is actually converted to DC power, and the less heat generated by the conversion, and vice versa. What are the benefits of an efficient PSU versus an inefficient one? The most obvious is less heat generated by the PSU, which can heat up your entire rig.
Sparkle is mainly known for their video cards, and as we have seen, they tend to deliver. Power supplies might seem to be an odd place to branch off into at first, but it makes sense given that the graphics card is becoming one of the largest single power draws in a modern gaming system. High-end PCs use a lot of power, and that power has to be tightly regulated. Voltage spikes, dips and fluctuations can cause malfunctions, or even dead components. It's no exaggeration to say that your PC lives or dies by the quality of the power it receives. Over the years I've seen dozens, if not hundreds of systems with fried circuit boards, blown capacitors and even cooked-off wire insulation, all caused by sub-standard power supplies. Today, we'll be taking a look at a power supply that aims to be as far away from substandard as possible: Sparkle's Gold Class SCC-850AF. Let's see if that sparkle comes from the luster of the finish, or the fizzling sparks of dying circuitry.
|Sparkle SCC-850AF Gold Series Modular Power Supply - 850 Watts, ATX, Modular, 80Plus Gold Certified, 139mm Ultra Silent Fan||$127.96||See it|
|Sparkle Scc-850af Gold Series Modular Power Supply||$149.35||See it|