Premium Chieftec Navitas 650 W PSU Review

Announced several months ago, Chieftec Navitas series of PSUs has managed to win the hearts of PC enthusiasts in many areas across the globe. Unlike the majority lineups where the junior model features 450/550 W power, Navitas offers 650 W GPM-650C as the first model in the line to satisfy the needs of fastidious customers. Upon the whole, the series counts five models of 650 W, 750 W, 850 W, 1000 W, and 1250 W power. Let’s see whether the junior representative of the series deserves universal acclaim.



Basic Specs and Connectors


Chieftec Navitas 650 W is delivered in a gray cardbox that contains its basic specifications. The unit is able to gain up to 648 W power on +12VDC rail efficiency. The correlation of efficiency on +12VDC rail and an overall power makes up 0.997 points. The model itself is housed in a gray case with large texture coating. Its layout might boast the incorporation of a high-voltage Nippon Chemi-Con capacitor and as much as efficient Capxon …

Computer Case be quiet! Silent Base 600 Overview (Part I)

The case be quiet! Silent Base 600 is offered in three colors: black, orange and silver, which differ only in color of inserts on the front panel. Additionally, each modification is supplied in two versions: with and without a window. This is a typical «middle tower» designed to set motherboards of ATX form-factor, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX.





Packaging and Equipment

be quiet! Silent Base 600 is supplied in a medium-sized box, which is slightly wider than the standard packaging of Mid Tower class models. It has a schematic picture of the case and the list of its specifications. The box is equipped with recesses at the ends which makes transportation process much easier. Its weight is a little more than 9.5 kg.


The case inside is wrapped in a white non-woven fabric bag, and then sandwiched between two foam retainers. The content of delivery is packed in a small corrugated cardboard box. All the necessary screws, slides to install hard drives, four plastic ties for …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …
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