Super Flower Leadex III 850 W Review 7

Super Flower Leadex III 850 W Review

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Test Setup



Primary Rails Load Regulation

The following charts show the voltage values of the main rails, recorded over a range from 60 W to the maximum specified load, and the deviation (in percent) for the same load range. Tight load regulation is important in a power supply because it allows for consistent voltage levels despite changes in the load.







5VSB Regulation



Hold-up Time

Hold-up time represents the amount of time, usually measured in milliseconds, a PSU can maintain output regulations as defined by the ATX specification without input power. Hold-up time is the amount of time the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption. In the following screenshots, the blue line is the mains signal and the green line is the "Power Good" signal, while the yellow line represents the +12V rail.







Inrush Current

Inrush current, or switch-on surge, refers to the maximum instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when it is first turned on. Large enough inrush current can cause the tripping of circuit breakers and fuses and may also damage switches, relays, and bridge rectifiers. As a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as it is turned on, the better.


10-110% Load Testing

These tests reveal the PSU's load regulation and efficiency levels under high ambient temperatures. They also show how the fan speed profile behaves under tough operating conditions.

Load Regulation & Efficiency Testing Data - Super Flower SF-850F14HG
Test12 V5 V3.3 V5VSBPower
(DC/AC)
EfficiencyFan SpeedPSU NoiseTemp
(In/Out)
PF/AC
Volts
10% Load5.206A1.996A1.995A0.987A84.951W87.953%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)43.33°C0.732
12.167V5.013V3.309V5.068V96.587W40.03°C230.28V
20% Load11.399A2.998A2.998A1.187A169.465W90.763%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)44.48°C0.890
12.155V5.005V3.303V5.056V186.712W40.74°C230.28V
30% Load17.996A3.501A3.485A1.388A254.546W91.904%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)45.41°C0.939
12.144V5.001V3.298V5.044V276.970W41.32°C230.28V
40% Load24.611A4.003A4.009A1.590A339.758W92.411%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)46.57°C0.954
12.131V4.996V3.293V5.032V367.658W41.60°C230.28V
50% Load30.919A5.013A5.021A1.794A425.070W92.335%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)47.58°C0.967
12.114V4.989V3.287V5.019V460.355W42.02°C230.28V
60% Load37.158A6.024A6.035A1.999A509.584W91.960%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)48.87°C0.974
12.104V4.983V3.281V5.005V554.137W42.91°C230.27V
70% Load43.467A7.030A7.046A2.203A594.895W91.388%898 RPM18.5 dB(A)43.35°C0.980
12.096V4.980V3.279V4.995V650.953W49.73°C230.28V
80% Load49.737A8.042A8.064A2.409A680.238W90.939%1017 RPM22.3 dB(A)43.79°C0.983
12.100V4.975V3.274V4.985V748.016W50.81°C230.28V
90% Load56.390A8.550A8.560A2.410A765.172W90.329%1418 RPM32.6 dB(A)44.96°C0.985
12.106V4.972V3.271V4.981V847.099W52.39°C230.27V
100% Load62.805A9.062A9.094A3.027A849.983W89.749%1792 RPM40.4 dB(A)45.76°C0.987
12.105V4.968V3.266V4.958V947.067W53.72°C230.28V
110% Load69.813A9.068A9.103A3.030A934.750W89.188%2052 RPM44.2 dB(A)46.65°C0.989
12.104V4.965V3.263V4.953V1048.066W54.96°C230.28V
Crossload 10.145A12.002A12.000A0.000A101.045W84.287%0 RPM0 dB(A)47.88°C0.793
12.132V4.983V3.290V5.082V119.882W42.56°C230.29V
Crossload 270.882A1.002A1.002A1.000A870.904W90.115%1837 RPM40.0 dB(A)45.52°C0.988
12.099V4.985V3.275V5.026V966.431W53.19°C230.28V

Light Load Testing

In the following tests, we measure the PSU's efficiency at loads significantly lower than 10 percent of its maximum capacity (the lowest load the 80 PLUS standard measures). This is important for representing when a PC is idle with the power-saving features turned on.

Efficiency at Low Loads - Super Flower SF-850F14HG
Test #12 V5 V3.3 V5 VSBPower
(DC/AC)
EfficiencyFan SpeedPSU NoisePF/AC
Volts
11.193A0.500A0.485A0.196A19.638W71.729%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)0.381
12.173V5.019V3.314V5.097V27.378W230.27V
22.443A0.998A0.998A0.393A40.045W81.571%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)0.525
12.171V5.016V3.312V5.090V49.092W230.27V
33.629A1.497A1.482A0.591A59.570W85.531%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)0.631
12.168V5.013V3.310V5.082V69.647W230.28V
44.879A1.996A1.997A0.789A79.960W87.586%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)0.714
12.164V5.011V3.308V5.075V91.293W230.28V

Efficiency

Using the results we gathered so far, we plotted a chart showing the PSU's efficiency at low loads, as well as loads ranging from 10 to 110 percent of its maximum-rated capacity.


Under light loads, the Super Flower unit takes the lead, but it scores last with normal loads.

5VSB Efficiency

5VSB Efficiency Super Flower SF-850F14HG
Test #5VSBPower (DC/AC)EfficiencyPF/AC Volts
10.100A0.511W69.241%0.016
5.105V0.738W230.32V
20.250A1.276W74.576%0.037
5.101V1.711W230.32V
30.550A2.802W77.190%0.077
5.093V3.630W230.32V
41.000A5.080W78.613%0.130
5.079V6.462W230.32V
51.500A7.598W79.502%0.181
5.064V9.557W230.32V
63.001A15.055W80.246%0.285
5.017V18.761W230.32V

The 5VSB rail is very efficient.

Power Consumption in Idle and Standby

Idle / Standby Super Flower SF-850F14HG
Mode12 V5 V3.3 V5VSBPower (AC)PF/AC Volts
Idle12.225V5.026V3.320V5.104V5.668W0.113
230.3V
Standby0.085W0.002
230.3V

Fan RPM, Delta Temperature and Output Noise

The following results were obtained at 38–45 °C ambient.





The following results were obtained at 30–32 °C ambient. The semi-passive operation was set to Mode 0.





The following results were obtained at 30–32 °C ambient. The semi-passive operation was set to Mode 1.



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