I forgot to cross link a post I made about Stern recently changing the fans in these power supplies...for the worse. The new fans are cheaper/slightly louder. You can read details about that here:
Quoted from sataneatscheese:
Plug and play, no cutting of wires or splicing, but you have to pull/cut some wires out of some glue inside the power supply box. From a technical point of view it's unscrewing screws, unplugging/plugging in a wire, and pulling some wires out of some loose silicone glue. A supervised 8 year old could do it.
The amount/type of silicone in the power supply varies WIDELY. I've personally done dozens of these now and sometimes the fan's wire is barely in the silicone, and other times it's BURIED. It's not hard to get the wire out at all as long as you're careful snipping into the silicone a little at a time, but I don't want to misrepresent that it's always dead simple. Really that's the only part of the install that can take a few minutes by itself if you get one that is BURIED in silicone.
Here's a comparison pic of two different pins (I've since figured out that you can get either type of silicone mass at any time. Seems to be pot luck, not tied to any particular years of manufacture):
Quoted from Psw757:
I mean for $18 a game seems to be a big improvement if you have several spike games.
I was just checking to see if anyone has had any failures or overheats.
They are plug and play now with no cutting correct?
They are plug and play. I've had one fan failure reported - ever. They're very reliable, and I have the wire length customized at the factory, so it's the correct length with the connector already on.
There's no overheats possible because the power supply has built-in throttling that takes over if the power exceeds 122F and then cuts power completely if the power supply hits 158F. When I was developing this solution, I had dual probe continuous temp monitors inside the power supply and inside the backbox at a location that was in the 90s ambient temps in summer (bar with no A/C, just some fans) and it never exceeded the 122F where the fans kick on and bring the temp back to 104F or less.
Here's the temp management graph for the RSP500-48:
RSP 500-48_temp_graph (resized).jpg