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SeaSonic SS-250SU 250W 250W 1U 80+ Bronze Certified APFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Much quieter than I expected 06/03/2015

This review is from: SeaSonic SS-250SU 250W 250W 1U 80+ Bronze Certified APFC Power Supply

Pros: I always heard 1U PSUs would be loud due to the fan size and speed, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet this beast was. Instead of a whiny buzz we get a gentle *woosh*. Its going into a rack away from human ears, but it could easily be put in a normal use computer and not annoy someone.

Cons: Slightly long cables, but only because I put it in a shallow depth mITX case. Had enough room to fit all of them without modification but I had to get inventive. Better to have too much than not long enough though.

Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, low power, supports ECC RAM. Stays cool.

Cons: I understand Pentium is meant to be "lower" than an i3, but I would have liked to see it have a higher stock clock speed even if just 3.4GHz. I know it doesn't turbo or have hyper-threading but on a server board with less or completely absent overclocking ability even a 200Mhz bump would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: Bought for a low power virtual host, and it has been more than enough for my needs. Put in a decent supermicro motherboard with 16GB of ECC means I can easily upgrade to a Xeon if I need more power, but this CPU means I can save my money and still get good enough performance and not have to spend a ton on electricity each month. Whole setup with 3 HDDs and one SSD uses a grand total of 50w at the wall. Max.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Doesn't come with a power cable, so you can actually make use of that pile of computer power cables you have accumulated over time, or perfect to replace a PSU in a computer whose just died.

Cons: The sections of cables between SATA/Molex ends are a bit long, but the length from the PSU to the first one could be longer. This could cause the first plug to be unusable depending on the size of your case. Its obvious Antec meant this to be a replacement PSU for smaller MicroATX cases but it would be nice if the leads had a few more inches for their reach. This is literally my only complaint.

Other Thoughts: Contains one 80mm fan on the back, and air intake is on the opposite side, not on the bottom or top of the PSU. I like this personally since it can be flipped and not be suffocated. This also means the fan is less likely to fight with another fan if the CPU cooler is close to the bottom of the PSU.


Christopher C.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher C.

Date Joined: 10/08/05

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/29/06
  • Last Review: 06/03/15
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