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Review: Xilence performance a series 530W

by Tarinder Sandhu on 24 October 2014, 09:00

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Conclusion

Xilence produces solid numbers and 80 per cent-plus efficiency across a wide range of loads.

Now helped on by the energy-efficient moves made companies such as Nvidia and Intel in recent years, even powerful home PCs rarely trouble 500W power-supply units. This means you needn't pay a small fortune for a decent power-supply unit, with proven designs available for less than £40.

Fitting right into this category is the Xilence performance a series PSUs offered in capacities between 430W and 730W. Using HEC as a base, thus retaining commonality with a number of other value-focussed supplies, Xilence produces solid numbers and 80 per cent-plus efficiency across a wide range of loads.

Perhaps our only gripe is the fan is obtrusive at medium and high loads, certainly more than premium supplies', so if you like a quiet system, the performance a series may not be the best option.

Value and quality innards are the key selling points here, though. We'd put it on a prospective shortlist for sub-£500 builds.

The Good
 
The Bad
Quality HEC platform
Value for money
80 per cent plus efficiency
 
Fan can get noisy



Xilence performance a series 530W

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We're clearly not going to see the 90%-plus rating achieved on premium supplies;

Pretty sure "budget" was meant there. :P

I think this is the first I've heard of Xilence, but it can only be a good thing with be-quiet's parent company now owning them too.
I felt it made sense on first read, meaning that we're not going to see the 90 per cent rating that is achieved by premium supplies. Made it clearer now, thanks.
Tarinder
I felt it made sense on first read, meaning that we're not going to see the 90 per cent rating that is achieved by premium supplies. Made it clearer now, thanks.
Of course, now that you point it out it makes sense - somehow it didn't occur to me that way when I originally read it. Thanks for making it clearer now though. :)
if the only negative on these is the fan noise for the cost, can you replace with a silent fan from a 3rd party or would that affect the warranty?

i've been using some EVGA 430 wt budget 80 plus psu for some cheaper end system recently and they are great.