Chieftronic PowerPlay 750 W Review 8

Chieftronic PowerPlay 750 W Review

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Introduction

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We would like to thank Chieftronic for supplying the review sample.


I already evaluated the Chieftronic PowerPlay 1050 W with the 80 PLUS Platinum and Cybenetics ETA-A certifications, so it is now time for me to take a look at a lower-capacity PowerPlay model. As its model number implies, the GPU-750FC has a maximum power output of 750 W. It is fully modular and 80 PLUS Gold certified, and has also been certified by Cybenetics for ETA-A (88%–91%) efficiency and LAMBDA-A- (25–30 dBA) noise output. This is the strongest member of the PowerPlay Gold line, and it is based on the GPR platform from CWT. This platform has a capacity range that spans from 550 W to 1000 W. Chieftronic only uses it with the first three models since a more advanced, semi-digital CWT platform is used for its higher efficiency 850 W and 1050 W PowerPlay units. I haven't reviewed the 850 W model, so I cannot be sure, but the 1050 W unit uses a downgraded Platinum and ETA-A efficiency CST platform since it is actually Titanium and ETA-A+ efficiency certified.

The GPU-750FC is not very compact, which allows for a 140 mm fan for decent airflow at lower speeds. With a quick look at the specifications, I noticed the ball-bearing fan, an unusual choice in this category, and the relatively short warranty. The competition provides much longer warranties, often unrealistically so since even cars manufacturers do not provide the ten and twelve-year warranties I see for some of today's PSU models. I am not sure where this warranty race will end, but it isn't wise to offer more than 3–5 years for PSUs as their durability heavily relies on factors that are not easy to control, including the quality of the mains grid. Not every user connects their system to power conditioners or UPS devices.

Specifications

Chieftronic GPU-750FC
Features & Specifications
Max. DC Output750 Watt
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Gold, ETA-A (115V: 88%–91%)
NoiseLAMBDA-A- (25–30 dBA)
ModularYes (fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State SupportYes
Operating Temperature0–50 °C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling140 mm double ball-bearing fan [D14BM-12 (L-SSS)]
Semi-passive OperationYes (selectable)
Dimensions (W x H x D)150 mm x 85 mm x 160 mm
Weight1.63 kg (3.59 lb)
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty3 years
Price at Time of Review (incl. 19% VAT)€115
Chieftronic GPU-750FC
Power Specifications
Rail3.3 V5 V12 V5 VSB-12 V
Max. Power22 A22 A62.5 A3 A0.3 A
120 W750 W15 W3.6 W
Total Max. Power750 W
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