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Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W Power Supply Review

paulktreg    -   June 9, 2011
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Conclusion:

 

Price Per the Watt:

Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W at $159.99 = $0.19/Watt (06-2011)

 

What can I say? The Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W power supply performed beyond my expectations. Excellent DC voltage load regulation combined with high efficiency and very low noise/ripple on the DC rails make the Sentey one of the better power supplies to cross my path.

The packaging is adequate with a good set of accessories and flat modular cables that make routing and cable management a little easier. The instruction manual is basic, but what I especially liked is a feature list that is to the point and without any of the sales gimmicks and fancy descriptions that are, in reality, basic features that most power supplies offer anyway.

The only reservation I have is the high running temperature, albeit outside of an enclosure. The temperatures are far higher than I’ve seen from other power supplies in this class, but the introduction of warmer air into the power supply did cause the temperature-controlled fan to kick in almost immediately, so perhaps the threshold is set a little higher to keep fan noise to a minimum. High efficiency results in less heat production and lower fan speeds, so temperatures should remain within an acceptable range unless the power supply is run at or near full load for extended periods — a very rare occurrence in enthusiast’s gaming rigs?

I especially liked the combined SATA/4-pin peripheral cable — it will certainly keep the cable count down in some installations utilizing SATA hard drives with an older IDE optical or other devices requiring a 4-pin peripheral connector.

The Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W power supply is an excellent power supply for the money and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it and awarding it the OCC Gold award.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent DC quality
  • 80 Plus Gold
  • 7 year warranty
  • Plenty of connectors
  • Flat modular cables

 

Cons:

  • High temperature/low fan speeds at full load (out of case)


 

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  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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