PACKAGING AND CONTENTS
The front and back of the PC P&C Silencer Mk III 850W contain pertinent information about the PSU. The overall colour scheme is white, matching that of the PSU body enclosure. The front showcases the long seven-year warranty and gives a picture of the power supply, while the back handles the features, specifications, and description of the unit:
Opening the box up we have the Silencer Mk III 850 wrapped in a soft cloth covering and sandwiched between two foam blocks. Alongside we have a quick-install guide, warranty and customer information, thumbscrews for chassis installation, a carrying case containing all necessary cables and connectors, a three-pronged AC power cord, and a handful of zip ties for cable management:
As illustrated, the Silencer Mk III is not completely modular. There are three native cables attached directly to the PSU, while the others use the modular screw-in DIN design. A full list of included cables and connectors are as follows:
While the cables are not completely braided, the ends that connect to the female DIN end are thick and well secured. The overall length of each cable is substantial, enough so that they will reach far in the largest of builds, and OCZ x PC P&C include exactly eight separate cables to accommodate all of these connections which will take up all eight DIN male input slots on the Silencer Mk III PSU itself.
Zooming-in we see the aforementioned female DIN connections which come in both 4-pin or 5-pin configurations, depending on the cable. These feature a B/C screw-in design that is refreshing from the usual hard plastic blister-inducing push-to-lock method common in most power supplies, as installers will be free of having to wrestle with or accidentally break the connector ends.
Not only does this screw model make installation easier, but also allows for easier modular capabilities and a more secure locking mechanism compared to the stiff locking flap of plastic connectors that can easily break, rendering the cable(s) loose and potentially hazardous. Coincidentally this also means that you will be limited to using these specific DIN cables in case they malfunction; while not proprietary to OCZ x PC P&C PSUs alone, they are not as common as the standard plastic block cables.