Page 1:Power-hungry: 160-Watt With CPU And Graphics Card
Page 2:Changes In The Wind For Power Supplies
Page 3:Increased Efficiency Saves Energy
Page 4:Stable Voltages
Page 5:Test Procedure
Page 6:How To Do It: Building Your Own Silent Power Supplies
Page 7:Exchanging The Fan For Quieter Operation
Page 8:Ready-To-Install Stealth Devices
Page 9:Test Results In Detail
Page 10:Maximum Output
Page 11:Raising Efficiency Saves Energy
Page 12:Automatic And Manual Fan Adjustment
Page 14:Benchmarks, Continued
Page 16:Evaluation, Continued
Page 17:Features & Performance Of All Power Supplies
Page 18:Features & Performance Of All Power Supplies, Continued
Page 19:Conclusion: THG Recommends Antec, Fortron And Zalman
The ability for a power supply to supply stable and consistent power is ever so important in the quest to achieve system stability. Beyond that, system components might get damaged if Voltages are unstable or stray beyond specifications. Processors, in particular, react adversely to Voltage spikes and drops.
On the positive side, all of the power supplies operate as represented under a normal, full load. Only when overloaded do they fall below tolerance levels. That said, only a few of the power supplies power down correctly.
The Noisemagic EG465AX-VE(G) NMT-2/2GL goes to pieces at approximately 450 Watts in the +5-Volt line without switching off. We were more impressed with the Herolchi HEC-450LR-AT: it cuts out at 441 Watts caused by overloading in the +12-Volt line, thus preventing any damage to components.
Silent Service And Operation
A constant whine or humming noise in the background can severely impair user concentration. To keep noise levels within bounds, all manufacturers use active fan speed adjustment, where the fan speed is adjusted upward for heavy loads to ensure adequate cooling. The difference in noise levels is clearly audible.
Manufacturers such as Enermax allow you to manually adjust fan speed and, by extension, noise levels. Verax has equipped its ST-400 HLP with a quiet fan it developed. In this article, we'll also provide you with some comparison of the quiet technologies featured in these units.
- Power-hungry: 160-Watt With CPU And Graphics Card
- Changes In The Wind For Power Supplies
- Increased Efficiency Saves Energy
- Stable Voltages
- Test Procedure
- How To Do It: Building Your Own Silent Power Supplies
- Exchanging The Fan For Quieter Operation
- Ready-To-Install Stealth Devices
- Test Results In Detail
- Maximum Output
- Raising Efficiency Saves Energy
- Automatic And Manual Fan Adjustment
- Benchmarks, Continued
- Evaluation, Continued
- Features & Performance Of All Power Supplies
- Features & Performance Of All Power Supplies, Continued
- Conclusion: THG Recommends Antec, Fortron And Zalman