Summary: Most of the time the fan is off. Even with a 750ti graphics card and a overclockable, Is that a word?, 5series top of the line Intel chip. Awesome concept. A little bit bigger so recommended for mid to full towers. Mine is a mid and its setup made it difficult to put my aftermarket cooler in. But guess what... I didn't need it, and I'm convinced that this post supply helped! Happy with my purchase!
Summary: I had recently built a mini-itx pc with a ASUS Mini ITX DDR3 1600 Motherboards AM1I-A inside of an Thermaltake Element Qi 220W Mini-ITX Desktop Case VL520B1N2U Black . Admittedly the included power supply was way underpowered for the build and my system kept shutting down. Now I did look into options to upgrade the power within this case, but alas I really just needed to switch back to an ATX enclosure.
Summary: My wife recently got a desktop, so I moved mine out to the living room so we could share a desk. Let's just say the system hadn't been built for ambient noise reduction. So I've been going through a process of upgrading to quieter parts. Fractal Design Define R4 case, EVGA GTX 970 SC with the ACX 2.0 cooler, and now the RM 550. My old PSU was the main noise generator in my system. Even in the R4 case, it was clearly audible at all times.
good looking, cleanly packaged cables (looking at you EVGA
Casey Story, Amazon
18 July 2014
Summary: Quiet, good looking, cleanly packaged cables (looking at you EVGA, do it better), and fully modular make for a great PSU in a system that will not see SLI or Crossfire. Also, didn't break the bank in the process.
Summary: I don't drool over PC hardware, but this power supply has a "sexy" look :) The black finish is man-cool and the cabling is solid and long enough for my particular mid size tower case. It's very quiet. Matter of fact, it's silent. I have it in my bedroom and installing this PSU made me realize that I really need to find a silent CPU cooler because that's the only darn noise I hear coming out of my PC now :(