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 that exerts minimal load on the power supply, initial consumption was 8W as measured by our wall meter -- indicating the basic load-free power consumption of the power supply is excellent. Independent reviews from our affiliates with professional load testing equipment showed the SilverStone Essential Gold ET750-HG 750W was able to deliver good energy efficiency, voltage regulation, as well as the ripple performance for all rails. Keep in mind that this is an 80 Plus Gold 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 well within 4%. The PG (Power Good) delay seems to be well within its rated range and general power supply standard at 320ms.
Active power correction is important to correct AC load line loss. In AC power, there are three components to it since 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 are all power measurements, they cannot be considered as one thing. 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 now be easily calculated as 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 SilverStone Essential Gold ET750-HG 750W was at 0.94, which should approach 0.99 as the load increases.
The cooling fan in the SilverStone Essential Gold ET750-HG 750W power supply unit will stay on as long as it starts to work. Using the APH Networks noise scale that defines 0 is silent and 10 is the loudest, I would like to rate this power supply unit as 3.0/10 acoustically under normal loads. Although I would prefer a 750W power supply unit to have a silent mode when the workload is not high, there is really nothing I can reasonably complain about, since this is a budget power supply.
SilverStone provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
The SilverStone Essential Gold ET750-HG 750W is a well-designed semi-modular power supply unit with reasonably good build quality for the price. It has mostly Chinese-made capacitors inside, so you will need to see how it holds up. The internal design is rather simple and clean, and why make it any more complex it not needed? Its warranty length of three years is about average. According to our affiliates, this product features good voltage regulation performance and energy efficiency. The retail price of this review unit is about $90 USD at press time, making it reasonably priced for what you get.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Minor Tests and Conclusion