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Not bad for a budget PSU "at this price"
on 29 August 2013
Bought this for a re-build of a system. This has "version 2.3" stamped on the fan area
First off, it's not "silent", though it's not hugely noisy either about the same level as many OEM off the shelf pc's with their power supplies.
Yes it has a large 120mm fan, but it appears to run only at one speed, rather than the variable speed of more expensive power suplies. If the manufacturer had picked a slower fan speed it might be very quiet. As it is, it's not deserving of the description "silent" but bar some turbulence noise it's not ear shatteringly noisy.
Quiet PC users will no doubt be looking for higher priced power supplies anyway, just something to bear in mind.
Onto the actually power supply, the build is simple and basic (though acceptable at this price) There are an adequate number of SATA and molex connectors, and the cable length is suitable for up to a mid sized ATX case (you might stretch a bit with bigger. cases)
Only the main board cable is sleeved, again at the low price point this isn't a problem for me. For the moment, voltages appear stable and satisfactory in the dual core Athlon II I used this in.
If I were to be critical it's in 2 areas. Firstly there is no power supply cable provided, just an empty white box which looks about the size for a cable, but with nothing in it! And there are no screws provided either. On the cable, that is annoying; Amazon really should provide a power cable with this power supply if the manufacturer doesn't. I have a lot of screws around so that wasn't a problem for me.
So bottom line, an ok budget PSU (so far) For a replacement build or a super budget pc build this might be a reasonable choice. I didn't want to spend much on a power supply for the re-build (actual PC isn't worth that much) If you are going to be a bit more demanding power supply wise with graphics cards, or want a "pretty quiet and solid" power supply I can recommend the CX range from Corsair, they have proven reliable and not overly expensive either.
This power supply is about half the cost of the CX ones, so if your budget is very tight it might be suitable. Certainly not the worst PSU I've used, but you do get what you pay for clearly. If the maker turned down the fan speed to near inaudible levels, and a power supply cable was provided, I'd give it 4 stars. As it is an ok PSU just bear in mind the points above.
I'll update the review if any isues arise longer term.
Update Jan 2014:
PC has been in use for some months now, no issues to report so far. It's still not as quiet as I would like, but it has to date been reliable. I had a few more pc things to do so acquired a Corsair VS350, which is a bit cheaper than the CX430, and is also pretty quiet (most of the corsair PSU's are pretty quiet bar at high loads, where they are a bit audible though far from loud) I would have a look at the VS350 if you are on a budget (yes it costs more but it's longer 3 year warranty and better 85% efficiency will probably be worthwhile. I've no issues with the CIT, but I would like that fan speed either temperature controlled or reduced. Still worth a look if you're on a shoe string budget for a PSU.