Passive Cooling

In today’s review we are taking a look at a passively cooled power supply, the SilverStone Nightjar NJ700. Despite the lack of active cooling, the NJ700 can continuously output up to 700 Watts, underscoring its very high efficiency as well as the rest of its impressive electrical specifications. Thanks to it's impeccable design and component selection – courtesy of OEM SeaSonic – the overall performance of the Nightjar NJ700 is world-class, making it more than a match for the even the vast majority of actively cooled 700W PSUs on the market today. Just don't expect one of the best PSUs we've ever reviewed to come cheaply.

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