Sharkoon SilentStorm 480W Power Supply Review

Cases & PSU/Power Supplies by jmke @ 2004-12-12

Sharkoon targets the enthusiast with their latest power supply, does the SilentStorm pack enough power to please the demanding high end user? Find out in this review

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Introduction and specs

When building a new computer PC or upgrading your old system it is important not to skimp on the Power Supply Unit (PSU), while only a few years ago 350 Watt was enough for almost any system, this is no longer true for today’s high end hardware.

Processors, mainboards and video cards all demand more power to run stable so today we are looking at a PSU unit from Sharkoon to see if their latest model it is up to the task.

The Sharkoon SilentStorm is a feature packed power supply which offers more the end users then your average PSU. The lowest rated model comes in at 370W, followed by 430W, 480W and 535Watt. Each unit has a 3 year warranty and they are ATX v2 compatible.

We received the 480W model (SHA480-9A) for review:

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  • Dual Fan (80 & 92mm)
  • Ultra silent (High/Low Fan Speed setting, automatic control)
  • Active PFC Function
  • Separate 12 V Rails
  • Fan monitoring (3-pin rpm)
  • SATA Connectors
  • Clever Fan (Fans keep running 2 minutes after shutdown)
  • Additional power connector

    The only difference between the 370W and higher rated models in the additional connector for the graphics card, 370W has one for AGP video cards while the others have an extra 6-pin PCI-E connector.

    The SilentStorm offers a wide array of protective functions:

  • Over Voltage Protection (OVP)
  • Over Load Protection (OLP)
  • Short Circuit Protection (SCP)
  • Over/Under Current Protection (OCP/UCP)
  • Over Temperature Protection (OTP)

    All these functions together with a complete reset after each shutdown ensure that any irregularities in the system power environment will be blocked by the PSU and stopping them from affecting the connected components.

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    Extra’s in the package:

  • Power cord
  • Cable ties
  • Thumb screws
  • Case badges
  • Clear and detailed English/German manual

    The included manual is very clear and includes a detailed description of each connector and where to connect it to.

    Let’s take a closer look at the unit ->

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