Page 4 - Minor Tests and Conclusion
Power supplies are interesting products -- because often, reviews of products in this category are conducted and tested in methods that make it difficult to distinguish one power supply from another. Many aspects must be taken into consideration -- of which certain criteria consists of efficiency, noise, power ripples, and of course the ability to pull out the rated specifications. Because many cannot afford such equipment to obtain results regarding those aspects, articles covering power supplies often come out with less than adequate and acceptable information. As this is a product report -- not a review -- what we are doing is a close examination of the power supply and the internal hardware and build. But what we can do for you is do some minor testing with the results we can present to you with, and let other review sites with professional equipment show you the actual test results. We are not going to try to create useless test results by installing the power supply into the latest gaming rig and try to take readings from that, as this is not even remotely the correct way to test power supply units. We understand that many websites do that as a means of load testing, but the results, even if you use an oscilloscope and multimeter at each output location, it is not sufficient, nor does it accurately reflect the performance of the power supply.
Using our power supply tester, which exerts minimal load on the power supply, the initial consumption was 8.1W as measured by our wall meter unit -- indicating that the basic load-free power consumption of the power supply is good. Independent reviews from websites with professional load testing equipment showed the Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W delivered excellent efficiency and voltage regulation and ripple across all rails. This is an 80 Plus Titanium certified power supply unit.
Voltages with minimal load are generally accurate, which is a basic requirement of power supplies out of the box. In this situation all are within 4%. The PG (Power Good) delay seems to be well within its rated range and general power supply standard at 350ms.
Active power correction is important to correct AC load line loss. In AC power, there are three components to it as there is a phase difference between current and voltage. This makes up the power triangle, which consists of the following: Average usable power (P, measured in watts), reactive power (Q, denoted as VA-R), and total power (S, written as VA). While these components all measure power, they are not the same as each other. What we want is the average usable power, with as little wasted reactive power as possible. The total power provided over the AC line is the magnitude of the two combined (sqrt(P^2+Q^2)). Power factor can then be easily calculated by P/S. The ideal value is 1.00, and this is where active PFC comes in. Under nominal loads, the power factor value of the Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W was at 0.98, indicating that the active PFC function is working well.
If you have not noticed by now, this power supply unit comes with no fan installed. According to our APH Networks scale, where 0 is silent and 10 is the loudest, I would rate the Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W at 0.0/10 acoustically under nominal load. Thankfully, I did not notice any coil whine or any other extraneous noise from this power supply while testing or using it, which is another a good sign.
Seasonic provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
Seasonic's offering today may not be targeting the general user, but rather those who are looking for complete silence in their system. With this constraint in mind, it is clear they have packed it with the necessary components to provide excellent performance. According to our affiliates with professional load testing equipment, it delivers excellent ripple control and efficiency. Combine this performance with their epic long twelve-year warranty and you can see this Seasonic PSU is yet another leader in its class. At a retail price of $180 USD, this power supply costs a pretty penny. They do currently have some rebates to bring it to under $160 USD, but will still hit your wallet. With a stunning show of engineering and performance, I still have no issue recommending this power supply, especially if you are building a system where silence is
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Minor Tests and Conclusion