Be Quiet SFX Power 2 Review
The SFX power supply form factor is fast becoming the most common power supply type for HTPC media centres. SFX power supplies are designed to be super small, energy efficient and deliver the power needed for the latest home computing components. An SFX power supply is less than half the size of the standard ATX power supply and as a result pumps out a lot less noise. Your power supply choice is of course dependant on the case you are using but if it will take an SFX power supply then there are many benefits in doing so. SFX PSUs are generally more expensive than the ATX form factor but worth the addition expense.
Compare Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W Prices
The Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W PSU is perfect for the HTPC media centre. It is designed to be compact enough to fit into the smallest mini-ITX cases and deliver the power needed to support the very latest technologies. 400W is more than enough power for most media centres (please check prior to purchase). This should cover some of the top graphics cards, motherboards and CPUs. The Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W PSU is designed to be reliable and provides solid voltages. The last thing you want when you have paid for a top of the range GPU is for it to be damaged by a poor quality PSU. The Be Quiet SFX 2 400W PSU will deliver a continuous 400W supply even under an unexpected heavy load. The PSU has 80Plus Bronze certification with 89% power conversion efficiency. When the device is in standby mode it has a drain of less than 0.25W.
With the clue being in the name the Be Quiet PSU range is designed for silent running. The SFX Power 2 achieves this by its efficient design. It draws the minimum amount of energy from the mains which produces minimal heat waste. The fan in the PSU is small and makes very little noise. Due to the Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W power supplies efficiency your HTPC media centre will cost you significantly less to run. When your HTPC media centre is compact heat becomes an issue. The efficiency of this PSU means minimum heat keeping the overall temperature of your system down. The Be Quiet SFX power 2 400W power supply supports the very latest AMD and Intel processors. It has full support of Intel’s Deep Power Down capabilities and built in safeguarding technologies protect against current changes.
Reasons to Buy Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W Power Supply
- Compact power supply for small HTPC cases
- Near silent running
- SFX technology from a respected PSU brand
If you have not seen one before you will be surprised how small these power supply units are compared to the standard ATX form factor range. The Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W PSU fits easily into some of the lower profile HTPC cases and comes with all of the connections, cables and fittings you get with ATX. The available 400W of power was more than enough to power a mini-ITX motherboard, Intel I7 CPU, 4TB HDD and gaming graphics cards with enough power left for some extras (we added a slot loading Blu-ray reader and a number of USB devices). When they say the Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W power supply is quiet they mean it! On our test HTPC media centre you literally could not hear the PSU. The CPU cooler and SATA hard disk were far louder and you would not know that the power supply had a fan in it. This is perfect for a media PC designed for watching movies and video content. If you want a HTPC media centre that has low running costs then the efficiency of this PSU will give you that. This low running temperatures of the Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W PSU may mean less case coolers are required for your design. The cost of the Be Quiet SFX Power 2 400W PSU is slightly higher than an ATX equivalent but is well worth the additional expense.