Pictured above is how my poor computer has been running since a couple of months back, when my old Corsair HX520 bit the dust. The ARENA PSU is at least a Chieftec on the inside, at least.
Sparing you a build montage, poof!
The cable sleeving is quite nice for routing on this PSU. They’ve used some form of flat sleeve, so the cables are quite easy to route around thin areas within the case.
Of course, while disassembling my computer, I can’t just replace a part and leave it at that, no Siree! Some improvements to the case:
The reason for the duct tape is that whoever designed the fan grille for the plastic front of this case didn’t do a very good job. A fourth of the fan is simply covered up by plastic, whilst a fourth of the filter has no fan behind it. The duct tape is installed in a way which seals the whole unused HDD bay off from the rest of the computer, with the exception of the holes that the fan covers. This allows for a considerably larger area of the fan filter to have air flowing through it at a more even spread. This should both allow less dust into the computer, and allow for more throughput at the same time.
There is a small . . . flaw, with the Arctic Cooling Accelero GTX Pro (aside from its name), and that is that that they didn’t quite consider the amount of heat that was generated by the VRM of the GTX260 c216. Without some extra heatsinks stuck on top of the PCB and a fan pointing directly at the card, they will simply overheat. 145°C seems to be as high as they’ll run without causing issues. By moving the fan and creating the “pressure chamber” out of my HDD bay, the FURMARK temperature of phase 3 dropped to below 120°C!
I can’t say that I’m particularly satisfied with the cooler overall. The fans are rather noisy, and at very low speed, the above happens.
Testing everything out, the Super Flower does deliver! This computer would consume well over 400W when loaded down similarly and running on my ancient HX520. It is quiet in both electrical and mechanical noise, the fan controller follows a nice speed-to-temperature curve, and it even has that RELAY that’ll go click when you turn it on or off. Lovely!
In conclusion, I have a strong feeling of this being a worthwhile purchase, and as of now, I can’t do anything but recommend it. It’s too early to tell if it’s going to last or not, but the signs are very good indeed.
For those who care, I’ll close with the specifications of the computer:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (3.8GHz/1.35V)
- CPU cooler: Xigmatek HDT-1283 (Noctua NF-S12B rear case, NF-P12 front case)
- Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro
- GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX260 c216, 896MB (Slightly over-clocked)
- GPU: Nvidia Geforce 8400GS
- RAM: 4GB DDR2
- HDD: 320GB Samsung Spinpoint F1
- Sound card: ASUS Xonar DX