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Seasonic Super Tornado 400W Power Supply Review

Seasonic Super Tornado 400W Power Supply Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Without native Serial ATA support, it would have been nice for Seasonic to bundle a few molex to Serial ATA power adapters as well.
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External Mfg. Website: seasonic Nov 29 2003   C. Sun  
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Seasonic Super Tornado 400W Power Supply Review

Experienced enthusiasts know that a quality power supply can be the difference between a good overclock and a bad one. These days with computers facing larger power draws it's essential that you equip your PC with a steadfast PSU. Otherwise, you're just asking for trouble.

Because gamers and overclockers are usually willing to pay more for the "good stuff" we've seen a huge influx of products targeted at these segment of consumers. From watercooling kits to high speed memory, and of course high quality power supplies, there has never been a better time to shop for goodies. :-)

Today we're going to be checking out the new Seasonic Super Tornado 400W power supply, which has refreshingly not adopted the ultra-tacky tacktic of gimmicky LED fans, fan controllers or aluminum housings. Rather, Seasonic rely on the stability of the powersupply, and large low-noise fan design.

Seasonic have been producing power supplies since 1975, but they are now trying quite aggressively to get into the retail markets more. The SuperTornado 400W PSU is "The advanced choice for gamers and overclockers" according to the PR, and with a price tag of $145 CDN ($109 US), it's quite expensive compared to the stock of cheap $50 PSUs that long ago flooded the markets.

Seasonic SuperTornado 400W Power Supply

Users Manual, RMA instructions, Case Screws, Cable Management Kit

The Seasonic SuperTornado 400W PSU is ATX12V compliant, and will also work with motherboards that require auxiliary power connectors. The main 20pin ATX power connector is 50cm in length which should be long enough for most cases, and the ATX12V power connector and Aux lines are 60cm in length.

The component power cables are 45cm long to the first molex. There are eight molex and two floppy drive power connectors in total, which should be enough for most users. Without native Serial ATA support, it would have been nice for Seasonic to bundle a few molex to Serial ATA power adapters as well.

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Contents of Article: seasonic SuperTornado 400W
 Pg 1.  — Seasonic Super Tornado 400W Power Supply Review
 Pg 2.  Rummaging Around Inside
 Pg 3.  Forward Converter, Active PFC what are those things?
 Pg 4.  Voltages and Tests

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