Test SetupAll measurements are performed utilizing a custom designed and built load tester, called Faganas, which is able to stress PSUs up to 1800 Watts. We also use a DS1M12 (Stingray) oscilloscope, a CHY 502 thermometer, a Fluke 175 multimeter and an Instek GPM-8212 power meter. Furthermore, in our setup we have included a wooden box, which along with a heating element is used as a Hot Box. Finally, we have at our disposal nine electronic loads (six Array 3711A, 300W each, and three Array 3710A, 150W each), a Rigol 1052E oscilloscope and a CEM DT-8852 sound level meter. In the near future the electronic loads will form our new test set up, which with the help of our custom built software will have the same capabilities with the, ultra expensive, Chroma ATEs. In this article you will find more details about our equipment and the review methodology we follow.
Voltage Regulation ChartsThe 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), when compared with the voltage values at 60W load.
Efficiency ChartIn this chart you will find the efficiency of HX1050 at low loads and at loads equal to 20-100% of PSU’s maximum rated load.
Voltage Regulation and Efficiency MeasurementsThe first set of tests reveals the stability of voltage rails and the efficiency of HX1050. The applied load equals to (approximately) 20%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 80% and 100%, of the maximum load that the PSU can handle. In addition, we conduct two more tests. In the first we stress the two minor rails (5V & 3.3V) with the maximum load that our tester can apply to these rails, while the load at +12V is only 2A and in the second test we dial the maximum load that +12V can handle while load at minor rails is minimum.
| Voltage Regulation & Efficiency Testing Data |
|Test||12 V||5 V||3.3 V||Power|
Efficiency is very high even for a Silver rated unit and despite of the very high operating temperatures. For 20% to 60% load, efficiency is constantly above 90% and at 40% load it peaks to an impressive 92%. Even with 1050W of load it's close to 89%. Many Gold units would envy those efficiency readings.
Voltage regulation at +12V is close to 2.5%, at 5V it is 3.24% and at 3.3V a little over 4%. At the minor rails we would like to see below 3% deviation, +12V, the most important rail, managed to stay below the aforementioned mark although at 100% load we pulled 83.5A from it.
Finally, judging from the large delta temperature values the cooling fan does a very good job, expelling the heat out of the PSU, without being annoyingly loud.
Efficiency at Low LoadsIn the next tests, we measure the efficiency of HX1050 at loads much lower than 20% of its maximum rated load (the lowest load that the 80 Plus Standard measures). The loads that we dial are (approximately) 40, 65 and 90W. This is important for scenarios in which a typical office PC is in idle with power saving turned on.
| Efficiency at Low Loads |
|Test #||12 V||5 V||3.3 V||Power|
Efficiency at low loads is quite satisfactory for a 1050W Silver unit. The 80% mark is surpassed with almost 89W of load.
Power Consumption in Idle & StandbyIn the table below you will find the power consumption and the voltage values of all rails (except -12V), when the PSU is in idle mode (On but without any load at its rails) and the power consumption when the PSU is in standby (without any load at 5VSB).
| Idle / Standby |
|Mode||12 V||5 V||3.3 V||5VSB||Power (AC)||PF/AC Volts|
Despite its huge capacity the HX1050 draws only 0.16W in standby so it easily meets ErP Lot 6 requirements, current and future ones.