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Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   June 9, 2011
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The Sentey Golden Power 850W power supply is nicely finished off with a slightly textured satin black paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large, hexagonal-holed exhaust grill, mains input IEC connector, mains on/off switch, and an active PFC sticker occupy the rear panel. On the front face of the power supply is the modular cable connector panel, along with a plastic-lined cable exit port to prevent damage from sharp metal edges. The captive cable set is screened all the way into the power supply, which is nice to see. The modular cable connector panel is universal — any lead into any socket — and it’s a feature I don’t like to see on high end power supplies. This sort of arrangement means the +3V3 and +5V rails have to be available on all the 8-pin sockets, so when it comes to the 8-pin PCI-E modular cables, it’s two ground wires short at the power supply end and linked at the graphics card connector. You won’t see this sort of arrangement on very high end power supplies.

 

 

Yellow, white and black labels are used to good effect — a specification label on one side panel and on the other, the power supply wattage is clearly shown along with the model number, 80 Plus Gold, and the Sentry logo.

 

 

The large, black, 140m cooling fan is covered with black grill bearing the Sentey logo at its center. The underside of the power supply is plain, apart from a label that acknowledges Ultra Products as the patent holder of the modular technology used by the Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W power supply.

 

 

The captive set consists of a motherboard 20/24-pin connector, EPS12V 8-pin connector, EPS/ATX 4+4-pin connector, 6-pin PCI-E connector, and a 6+2-pin PCI-E connector. The two PCI-E connectors are daisy chained onto the same cable set, something you don’t often see on high end power supplies. The modular cable set provides more than enough connectors, with black plugs for peripherals and red plugs for the PCI-E graphics cards. A particularly nice feature here is a peripheral cable set that has 4-pin peripheral and SATA connectors on the same chain — very useful for any user with a mixture of 4-pin peripheral and SATA devices, who would like to keep the cable count down.

 

 

The cooling fan is a Sentey-branded 140mm unit with dual ball bearing design. It’s impossible to determine the actual manufacturer, but at least it should be durable and quiet. The printed circuit board is neatly laid out and well made, making use of a mixture of high quality Japanese electrolytic rated at 105 °C and some solid state capacitors.

 

 

The Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W power supply is a well made unit with good quality packaging and, apart from one or two minor hiccups with the modular cable configuration, no real problems.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  3. Specification & Features
  4. Testing: DC Voltage Load Regulation
  5. Testing: Efficiency, Power Factor & DC Quality
  6. Testing: Temperature, Noise Level & Fan Speed
  7. Conclusion
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