First of all, let’s start by saying that this has got to be one of the quietest power supplies we have heard, especially given the load it was under during testing. At no point was there anything more audible than the CPU cooler’s fan, and that’s saying a fair bit considering the quiet nature of the coolers used in testing today. Cooler Master and their competitors could take some notes from this fan for the rest of their fan lineup in terms of acoustic quality. As for the rest of the power supply? That’s a no-brainer. We have a straight-forward design with timeless good looks, all of the cables you could possibly need for a small form factor build, and great voltage regulation & ripple control. What’s not to like there?
Then there’s the price, which presently sits at 80 dollars on Newegg. This is among the least expensive 550 Watt 80+ Gold certified PSU’s that you can get your hands on, right alongside such giants as select Seasonic and Corsair units. Couple that with a five year warranty and frankly there becomes little to no reason to consider anything but this for your next small build. Sure you might have some issues with extra cable length, but for this level of build quality and value we’re certain that you will be able to cope. We are happy to grant the Cooler Master V550 the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice award!
Cooler Master V550 PSU
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