EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G 750 W Review 21

EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G 750 W Review

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Test Setup

All measurements were performed using two Chroma 6314A mainframes equipped with the following electronic loads: six 63123A [350 W each], one 63102A [100 W x2], and one 63101A [200 W]. The aforementioned equipment is able to deliver 2500 W of load, and all loads are controlled by a custom-made software. We also used a Picoscope 3424 oscilloscope, a Picotech TC-08 thermocouple data logger, a Fluke 175 multimeter, and a Yokogawa WT210 power meter. We also included a wooden box, which, along with some heating elements, was used as a hot box. Finally, we had at our disposal four more oscilloscopes (Rigol 1052E and VS5042, Stingray DS1M12, a second Picoscope 3424), and a CEM DT-8852 sound level meter. In this article, you will find more details about our equipment and the review methodology we follow. Finally, we conduct all of our tests at 40 - 45°C ambient in order to simulate with higher accuracy the environment seen inside a typical system, with 40 - 45°C being derived from a standard ambient assumption of 23°C and 17 - 22°C being added for the typical temperature rise within a system.

Primary Rails Voltage Regulation

The following charts show the voltage values of the main rails, recorded over a range from 60W to the maximum specified load, and the deviation (in percent) for the same load range.







5VSB Regulation

The following chart shows how the 5VSB rail deals with the load we throw at it.


Hold-up Time

The hold-up time is a very important characteristic of a PSU and represents the amount of time, usually measured in milliseconds, that a PSU can maintain output regulations as defined by the ATX spec without input power. In other words, it is the amount of time that the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption. The ATX spec sets the minimum hold-up time to 16 ms at maximum continuous output load. In the following screenshot, the blue line is the mains signal and the yellow line is the "Power Good" signal. The latter is de-asserted to a low state when any of the +12V, 5V, or 3.3V output voltages fall below the undervoltage threshold, or after the mains power has been removed for a sufficiently long time to guarantee that the PSU cannot operate anymore.



The hold-up time that the NEX750G achieved is simply amazing! It looks like we found a new champion, at least for now.

Inrush Current

Inrush current or switch-on surge refers to the maximum, instantaneous input-current drawn by an electrical device when first turned on. Because of the charging current of the APFC capacitor(s), PSUs produce large inrush-current right as they are turned on. Large inrush current can cause the tripping of circuit breakers and fuses and may also damage switches or relays; as a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as they are turned on, the better.



The inrush current that the PSU scored is significant, but is still within normal levels given the unit's capacity.

Voltage Regulation and Efficiency Measurements

The first set of tests revealed the stability of the voltage rails and the efficiency of the NEX750G. The applied load was equal to (approximately) 20%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 80%, 100% and 110% of the maximum load that the PSU can handle. In addition, we conducted two more tests. In the first test, we stressed the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load while the load at +12V was only 2 A, and, in the second test, we dialed the maximum load that the +12V rail could handle while the load on the minor rails was minimal.

Voltage Regulation & Efficiency Testing Data
EVGA NEX750G
Test12 V5 V3.3 V5VSBPower
(DC/AC)
EfficiencyFan SpeedTemp
(In/Out)
PF/AC
Volts
20% Load10.658A1.992A2.014A1.010A149.71W89.02%1033 RPM 38.12°C0.950
12.023V5.019V3.268V4.938V168.17W 39.96°C229.9V
40% Load21.828A3.990A4.061A1.220A299.70W91.30%1387 RPM 39.38°C0.977
11.937V5.009V3.243V4.906V328.26W 41.48°C229.9V
50% Load27.325A4.991A5.097A1.635A374.65W91.03%1627 RPM 40.07°C0.985
11.903V4.999V3.232V4.879V411.57W 42.94°C230.0V
60% Load32.850A6.008A6.142A2.059A449.58W90.82%1790 RPM 41.01°C0.988
11.868V4.989V3.217V4.850V495.05W 44.31°C229.9V
80% Load44.174A8.035A8.253A2.493A599.51W89.87%2014 RPM 43.00°C0.991
11.799V4.975V3.192V4.807V667.10W 46.79°C229.9V
100% Load56.452A9.039A9.349A3.152A749.42W88.62%2040 RPM 45.14°C0.993
11.688V4.977V3.169V4.757V845.65W 50.29°C229.8V
110% Load63.312A9.011A9.366A3.158A824.25W87.64%2040 RPM 45.59°C0.994
11.604V4.993V3.160V4.746V940.45W 51.43°C229.8V
Crossload 11.964A18.011A18.002A0.501A169.16W81.20% 2126 RPM 43.20°C0.961
12.588V4.696V3.188V4.928V208.33W 46.95°C230.2V
Crossload 260.948A1.000A1.002A1.000A710.65W88.82% 2014 RPM 42.80°C0.993
11.443V5.129V3.213V4.876V800.10W 48.02°C229.8V

Efficiency is easily Gold even with 115VAC (with 230VAC, input efficiency is usually 1-1.5% higher). The fan was also spinning at medium speed at up to 40% load, which caused it to output a low noise, but it nearly hit full speed as the load increased. Voltage regulation was not so good. Only the 5V rail did well. The other rails registered relatively high deviations that exceeded 3%. Also,the performance on Crossload tests is disappointing; the propriety group-regulation scheme that the FSP used on the secondary side of this unit is to blame for this. Finally, the 5VSB rail had a problem keeping its voltage above the minimum limit that the ATX spec sets during the 110% load test, but we won't take its 5VSB failure into account seriously since we operated the PSU out of its specs on that test; besides, a full load at 5VSB is hard to reproduce during normal operations. Nevertheless, most units don't have a problem here.
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