Fractal Design Ion+ Series 760 W Review 6

Fractal Design Ion+ Series 760 W Review

Load Regulation, Hold-up Time, Inrush Current, Efficiency & Noise »

Introduction


We would like to thank Fractal Design for supplying the review sample.


Fractal is mostly known for its quality cases. After quite some time, though, it reintroduced itself to the PSU market. Its newest PSU series Ion+ consists of four members with capacities ranging from 560 W to 860 W with OEM High Power, and it is 80 PLUS Platinum and Cybenetics ETA-A efficiency certified.



Fractal Design paid great attention to noise output in an attempt to make these PSUs operate as quietly as possible. Moreover, with their vast experience in building cases, it equipped all Ion+ models with very flexible modular cables, which will help with system assembly.



The Ion+ with 760 W maximum power output will be today's review subject. This power supply is strong enough for a demanding system and quite affordable, costing about as much as competing PSUs with lower 80 PLUS certifications and the corresponding Cybenetics efficiency certifications.

Specifications

Fractal Design Ion+ 760P Features & Specifications
Max. DC Output760 W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency* ETA-A (88-91%) & 80 PLUS Platinum
Noise* LAMBDA-A+ (15-20 dB[A])
ModularYes (fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State Support
Operating temperature0 °C - 50 °C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling140 mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan (DYNAMIC X2 GP-14, 1700 RPM)
Semi-passive operationYes (selectable)
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 85 mm (H) x 150 mm (D)
Weight1.67 kg (3.68 kg)
ComplianceATX12V v2.31, EPS 2.92
Warranty10 years
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT)$121.99

*The Fractal Design Ion+ 760P is not certified by Cybenetics, but based on my results, it meets this Cybenetics certification.



Fractal Design ION+ 760PPower Specs
Rail3.3 V5 V12 V5 VSB-12 V
Max. Power22 A22 A63.3 A3 A0.3 A
120 W760 W15 W3.6 W
Total Max. Power760 W



Cables and Connectors

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (600 mm)1118AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (700 mm)2216AWGNo
6+2 pin PCIe (550 mm+120 mm) 3616-18AWGNo
SATA (650 mm+120 mm)1218AWGNo
SATA (400 mm+120 mm+120 mm+120 mm)2818AWGNo
4 pin Molex (400 mm+120 mm+120 mm+120 mm)1418AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1400 mm) - C13 coupler1118AWG-

There are two EPS and six PCIe connectors, which is overkill for a 760 W power supply, but I won't complain. On the contrary, it is good to have plenty of connectors as long as the OCP and OPP are properly configured. There are plenty of peripheral connectors as well.


All cables are long, but the distance between peripheral connectors is only 120 mm, which may create compatibility issues with system components installed far apart from each other.



Component Analysis

Fractal Design +Ion 760P Parts Description
General Data
Manufacturer (OEM)High Power
PCB TypeDouble Sided
Primary Side
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 2x X caps, 3x CM chokes, 1x MOV, 1x Discharge IC
Bridge Rectifier(s)2x GBU1506 (600 V, 15 A @ 100 °C)
Inrush Current ProtectionNTC Thermistor & Relay
APFC MOSFETs2x Infineon IPA60R120P7 (650 V, 16 A @ 100 °C, 0.120 Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode1x Infineon IDH08G65C5 (650 V, 8 A @ 145 °C)
Hold-up Cap(s)2x Rubycon (400 V, 470 uF each or 940 uF combined, 2,000 h @ 105 °C MXH)
Main Switchers2x Infineon IPA60R120P7 (650 V, 16 A @ 100 °C, 0.120 Ohm)
APFC ControllerInfineon ICE3PCS01G
Resonant ControllerChampion CM6901X
TopologyPrimary side: Half-Bridge & LLC converter
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side
+12V8x Infineon BSC027N04LS (40 V, 88 A @ 100 °C, 2.7 mOhm)
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters: 8x Infineon BSC0906NS (30 V, 40 A @ 100 °C, 4.5 mOhm)
PWM Controllers: ANPEC APW7159C
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytics: 4x Nippon Chemi-Con (4 - 10,000 h @ 105 °C, KY), 5x Rubycon (3 - 6,000 h @ 105 °C, YXG), 1x Rubycon (6 - 10,000 h @ 105 °C, ZLH)
Polymers: 31x FPCAP, 6x NIC
Supervisor ICSITI PS224 (OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Micro ControllerSTC 15W408AS
Fan ModelFractal Design DYNAMIC X2 GP-14 (140 mm, 3-12 V, 0.35 A, 1700 rpm, Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan )
Fan Power TransistorSTi 2SD882 (NPN)
5VSB Circuit
Rectifiers1x PFC P10V45SP SBR (45 V, 10 A) & 2x Infineon BSC0906NS FET (30 V, 40 A @ 100 °C, 4.5 mΩ)
Standby PWM ControllerExcelliance MOS Corp EM8569
-12V Circuit
RectifierKEC KIA7912PI (-12 V, 1 A)


I have come across this platform in the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850 W. It is a modern platform Fractal Design had High Power modify slightly with the inclusion of an NTC thermistor and the corresponding bypass relay for enhanced inrush current protection. The primary side consists of a half-bridge topology with an LLC resonant converter for restricted energy losses. Unfortunately, there is no burst mode (or missing cycle mode) operation, so efficiency levels under light loads are low. To make matters worse, the 5VSB regulator circuit has low efficiency as well.


The transient filter is complete.


The NTC thermistor is supported by a bypass relay. The second photo is of the MOV.


The APFC converter uses two Rubycon bulk caps.


The main switchers, arranged into a half-bridge topology.


The FETs that generate the +12V rail are on the solder-side of the PCB.


The VRMs that generate the minor rails.


The supervisor IC and fan controller are installed on this vertical board.




The 5VSB circuit uses an SBR as a secondary rectifier. It needs a new design to keep up with the competition.


There is a dedicated rectifier IC for the -12V rail instead of a plain Zener diode.


Soldering quality is good.


The cooling fan uses a fluid dynamic bearing.
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