When we received this product, we weren’t expecting such a positive review experience. While this specific power supply won’t suit power hungry gamers wanting to run high end dual card systems, it will be ideal for a performance related media center, especially when factoring in the extremely low noise levels, which are barely audible even at full load.
Technically, the power supply combines very good ripple suppression with solid load regulation. The inclusion of a Yate Loon D14BM-12 fan was an educated decision, as this particular model is rated at 29dBa but can produce a reasonable flow of air across all the components. The three large heatsink areas ensure that radiated heat is dispersed quickly, outside the chassis. Efficiency is also reasonably impressive considering the modest asking price.
There is a little fluctuation with our cross load testing, but nothing to worry a prospective customer.
We also like the fact that it is a modular design, meaning that users can easily remove cables they don’t need for storage later. This ensures a clean, tidy system build, although we would have liked to see a little pouch included for storage purposes.
The Chill Innovation power supply costs £69 including VAT.
Kitguru says: The Chill Innovation CP-520W ideal power supply for an enthusiast media center.