Shakespeare said that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. That may be true of roses but apply that notion to power supplies calling themselves “silent” and, on average, you’d get a different result. What does it take for a power supply to be called silent? For some manufacturers, not much, it seems. It starts with the cooling solution used and, most importantly, the type of fan selected. It is easy enough to create a silent power supply if it is just going to be used for day to day tasks and barely heats up to require substantial heatsink and active cooling solutions. For power supplies designed for high-end enthusiasts, however, the task of quieting down the power supply gets a little trickier.