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Seasonic G Series 550 W

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In this review we will utilize our shiny new Chroma loaders and the Seasonic G-550 will have the honor to be the first PSU tested on them. The G-550 offers Gold efficiency, a semi-modular design, long warranty and promises very good performance. The best part is that all above won't cost you a fortune.

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Looks very nice :) Much better than FSP Aurum CM 550W :D
 

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Seasonic, Antec, Enermax, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Thermaltake are the ones id go with anymore
 
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I kinda can get 80$, but 100$ is too damn expensive
 

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I kinda can get 80$, but 100$ is too damn expensive
Not for a gold rated modular unit. Here it's actually one of the cheaper ones in that category.
 
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I'd love to pick one up on sale some time, the hold up time worries me though. Will it play nice with a consumer UPS? They already seem to have trouble enough with Active PFC power supplys.
 

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no need to worry about the hold up time of this one, especially if you have a UPS.
 
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The PSU reviews here have reach the piont that is time to :slap: jonnyguru to the curb
:toast: crmaris GREAT work have fun with the new hardware :)
 

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Sweet review. I'm so glad somebody other than JonnyGuru is finally doing proper psu testing.

Great job.
 
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So does the fan constantly spin then, or only at 40W? How's the character of the fan's sound?
 

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Sweet review. I'm so glad somebody other than JonnyGuru is finally doing proper psu testing.

Great job.
crmaris have always done that imo.
 

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So does the fan constantly spin then, or only at 40W? How's the character of the fan's sound?
The fan constantly spins even at low loads. Its noise isn't high but this is just my opinion, since db measurements and even more personal opinions cannot describe the fan's noise.
 
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The fan constantly spins even at low loads. Its noise isn't high but this is just my opinion, since db measurements and even more personal opinions cannot describe the fan's noise.
A recording could.

:wink: :wink: :clue: :wave:
 

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A recording could.

:wink: :wink: :clue: :wave:
I'm sure the equipment used to test PSU's are pretty loud in themselves.
 
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The fan constantly spins even at low loads. Its noise isn't high but this is just my opinion, since db measurements and even more personal opinions cannot describe the fan's noise.
I see. Would you say this unit could run without the fan at low power? If so, then the PWM setup for the G-Series units is just artificially made worse than the X-Series for marketing purposes, yeah?

I think the fan behavior of the X-560 would be worth the extra $25 to me (current Newegg pricing) if I was building a quiet-oriented computer (which is pretty much the only kind I assemble anymore).
 

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probably since it is a Gold unit but I am not 100% sure of it. At low RPMs the fan is inaudible especially inside a chassis, so apparently SS thought that a semi-fanless mode wasn't required.
 
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Great review- all we need now is a "hot box" for testing. Either way- TPU is gonna make johnyguru jealous.
 

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Great review indeed :)

I'd like to confirm, whether this PSU isolates the inrush-current-limiting thermistor, once it has done it's job? Or is that thermistor only effective in a cold start scenario? You usually mention there is a relay for that purpose, but not this time...

Also, I feel it's rather strange, that part of the fan is not covered from the inside to improve airflow. Intuitively, it seems to make much sense to cover part of the fan.. what do you think about that?
 
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Indeed I don't remember a relay in this one, else I would mention it. But most times a diode is used instead of a relay, to isolate this thermistor. And most likely this PSU has a similar diode.

As for the fan shroud and more specific its absence. Most likely Seasonic didn't bother with it since the unit has minimal energy dissipation thanks to its high efficiency. Also a fan shroud usually increases noise so some manufacturers avoid it when they can.
 

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This review is corrupted!
Indepentent (and skilled) reviewer measured much different results.
(you can try translate to this page)
http://diit.cz/clanek/seasonic-g-550-ssr-550rm-recenze-test/mereni
PSU has problem with pretty high ripple.
48,8 mV on +12 V, 34,4 mV on +5V, 32,8 mV on +5V SB (all with 80% load)
Another problem is dysfunctional overloading protection.
If you overload it, the PSU burns out !
 
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Ummm, it could simply be a different unit. You get 10 of these shipped and their results will all be different. Not sure on the OCP though.

This review is YEARS old though mirec.................