PC Power & Cooling Launches Silencer MK II PSUs
PC Power & Cooling built itself a reputation as the power supply option for enthusiasts back when PSUs were a largely overlooked component in a system. Things have moved on considerably since then, with PCP&C being bought up by OCZ a few years ago and the PSU market now full of plenty of high quality options. The launch of the Silencer Mk II series marks something of a departure for PCP&C, which has previously stuck rigidly to a design configuration with an 80mm rear mounted fan providing cooling. There didn't seem to be any particular advantages to sticking with this, so it is nice to see it now opting for a large overhead (135mm) fan design that has proved effective on competing products from other brands. It should also mean the new units stand more chance of living up to that "Silencer" moniker.
The new Silencer Mk II models come in 500, 650, 750 and 950W capacities and are rated to deliver that continuously at 50c. Most of the models also carry a Silver 80+ rating, with the 500W unit the only one missing out on that (it carries a Bronze rating). The 500W unit also gets a 5 year warranty, while the others get 7 years. PCP&C hasn't changed philosophies when it comes to cabling. There is no modularity here and it has still opted for a single 12V rail rather than splitting them. Pricing and availability for the Silencer Mk II series hasn't been specified, but we should find out soon enough.
The introduction of the Silencer Mk II seems to be indicative of a general shake-up for the PCP&C line-up, with many of the models it did produce (including the popular Silencer 750 Quad) now being moved to EOL (end of life) status.