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Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current
Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation
The following charts show the voltage values of the main rails, recorded over a range from 40W to the maximum specified load, and the deviation (in percent) for the same load range. You will also find a chart showing how the 5VSB rail deals with the loads we throw at it.
Our hold-up time tests are described in detail here.
The registered hold-up time is much higher than 16ms, so the PSU passes this test with flying colors. In fact, Andyson registers the second-highest hold-up time in this category. As you see in the chart, a majority of high-end PSUs achieve more than 20ms of hold-up time because they use large bulk caps in the APFC converter.
For details on our inrush current testing, please click here.
The inrush current we measured is on the high side with 230V input, an expected outcome due to the bulk caps' increased capacity. Nonetheless, the difference between the other PSUs in this category is small, with the only exception being Corsair's AX1200i, which has a very low inrush current for its capacity. With 115V, input we observe the highest reading we've ever measured.
Load Regulation And Efficiency Measurements
The first set of tests reveals the stability of the voltage rails and the PSU's efficiency. The applied load equals (approximately) 10 percent to 105 percent of the maximum load the supply can handle, in increments of 10 percentage points.
We conduct two additional tests. In the first metric, we stress the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load while the load at +12V is only 0.10A. This test reveals whether the PSU is Haswell-ready or not. In the second test, we determine the maximum load the +12V rail can handle while the load on the minor rails was minimal.
|Test||12V (A/V)||5V(A/V)||3.3V(A/V)||5VSB (A/V)||DC/AC (W)||Efficiency (%)||Fan Speed (RPM)||Noise dB(A)||In/Out (°C)||PF/AC (V)|
The requirements of 80 PLUS Platinum require 90-percent efficiency under a 20-percent load, 92 percent with a 50-percent load and 89 percent under full load. The Power Factor (PF) should be at least 0.95 with 50 percent of the unit's max-rated capacity load. As you can see from the table, this unit passes the 20-percent load efficiency requirement with ease.
However, the aforementioned load level efficiency is a tad lower than 92 percent, and under a full load, it's almost 0.5 percent lower than the minimum-allowed efficiency of an 80 PLUS Platinum rating. Fortunately for Andyson, the 80 PLUS organization tests at only 23 °C, while we run our benchmarks at a much higher ambient temperature. To wrap up, under normal conditions, the R1200 meets the 80 PLUS requirements, though we'd like to see more headroom.
The PSU does fine in the load regulation section, with its +12V and 3.3V rails within one-percent deviation, while the 5V and 5VSB rails are within two percent. In addition, it easily delivers its full power (and even more) at operating temperatures above 47 C during our overload test. We should note that it's extremely important to test PSUs at high temperatures, since those conditions ensure the internals can handle tough situations.
Our tests inside the hotbox reveal that the fan profile is aggressive; it pushes rotational speeds as high as possible once the ambient temperature goes over 40 °C, regardless of the PSU's load. Since this is a highly efficient unit, and heat dissipation is low, we believe that Andyson could provide a more conservative ramp-up. Thankfully, the fan that Andyson uses is quiet most of the time. At full speed, though, it definitely makes its presence known.
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Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.
Thank you for the read. Did you know that the power feeding this PSU can instead be fed into 3 normal sized machines? The power of choice is yours to make, but electricity will not be infinite.Reply
Now THAT is a detailed review!Reply
Teapo capacitors are a hit and miss. I'd say if your running it 24/7 as a coin mining machine with high load it would not last 10 years. For normal use with a few hours gaming per day it might be ok, but 10 years is a long shot for even the best capacitors not to have some degradation.Reply
Can we have some reviews of really high quality 300-600W PSUs? You know the ones that 90% of us here would actually use/need.Reply
Thank you for the read. Did you know that the power feeding this PSU can instead be fed into 3 normal sized machines? The power of choice is yours to make, but electricity will not be infinite.
Did you know that anyone who cares about this PSU, isnt going to be thinking about the 3 400w HTPCs that it could run. Keep your politics out of a PSU review lol.
I will review mid-level and mainstream PSUs as well, no worries about this.Reply
Always nice to see reviews of the high end stuff but really the 300-850watt range will cover the needs of 99% of readers of the side.Reply
Now lets see if Andyson can follow up and start putting out decent lower power units.
Andyson, the notorious RAIDMAX OEM. Not sure any sane person would pick you for a high end PSU, but thanks for trying.Reply
Can we have some reviews of really high quality 300-600W PSUs? You know the ones that 90% of us here would actually use/need.i disagree, can we get a roundup of complete rubbish generic psu's like low end radimax and the like and watch them burn! i think it needs to be done to show people what not to buy.
15588307 said:15588123 said:Andyson, the notorious RAIDMAX OEM. Not sure any sane person would pick you for a high end PSU, but thanks for trying.
is it andyson's fault that raidmax wants them to supply cheap PSU?
Yes, absolutely. Same with other OEMs like Channel Well that know how to make good PSUs but instead churn out cost-cutting junk because that's the best contracts that they can win. I am not forgiving when it comes to PSUs.