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Antec Signature Platinum 1300W Power Supply Review

Antec Signature Platinum 1300W
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Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details about our transient response testing, please click here.

In the real world, power supplies are always working with loads that change. It's of immense importance, then, for the PSU to keep its rails within the ATX specification's defined ranges. The smaller the deviations, the more stable your PC will be with less stress applied to its components. 

We should note that the ATX spec requires capacitive loading during the transient rests, but in our methodology, we also choose to apply a worst case scenario with no additional capacitance on the rails. 

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.305V12.210V0.77%Pass
5V5.110V5.026V1.64%Pass
3.3V3.359V3.215V4.29%Pass
5VSB5.074V5.029V0.89%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.303V12.212V0.74%Pass
5V5.111V5.024V1.70%Pass
3.3V3.359V3.217V4.23%Pass
5VSB5.074V5.042V0.63%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.302V12.221V0.66%Pass
5V5.111V5.026V1.66%Pass
3.3V3.359V3.226V3.96%Pass
5VSB5.074V5.037V0.73%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.294V12.239V0.45%Pass
5V5.102V5.012V1.76%Pass
3.3V3.352V3.201V4.50%Pass
5VSB5.033V4.982V1.01%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.292V12.236V0.46%Pass
5V5.103V5.013V1.76%Pass
3.3V3.352V3.201V4.50%Pass
5VSB5.033V4.996V0.74%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.290V12.232V0.47%Pass
5V5.103V5.012V1.78%Pass
3.3V3.352V3.203V4.45%Pass
5VSB5.033V4.995V0.76%Pass
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Results 25-29: Transient Response

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The SP1300 has an excellent transient response at +12V. The performance remains high at 5V and 5VSB, and the 3.3V rail manages to keep its voltage above 3.2V, in all tests. 

Turn-On Transient Tests

In the next set of tests, we measure the PSU's response in simpler transient load scenarios—during its power-on phase. Ideally, we don't want to see any voltage overshoots or spikes since those put a lot of stress on the DC-DC converters of installed components.

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Turn-On Transient Response Scope Shots

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The rise time at 5VSB exceeds 20ms, and this is an issue according to the ATX spec, which requires the rise time to be within the 0.2-20ms range. 

Power Supply Timing Tests

There are several signals generated by the power supply, which need to be within specified, by the ATX spec, ranges. If they are not, there can be compatibility issues with other system parts, especially mainboards. From year 2020, the PSU's Power-on time (T1) has to be lower than 150ms and the PWR_OK delay (T3) from 100 to 150ms, to be compatible with the Alternative Sleep Mode.

PSU Timings Table
T1 (Power-on time) & T3 (PWR_OK delay)
LoadT1T3
20%84ms318ms
100%262ms316ms

The PWR_OK delay is out of the 100-150ms region, so the PSU does not support the alternative sleep mode, which is recommended by the newest ATX spec (v2.52). Moreover, the power-on time is notably increased in the second test. 

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represent the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' lifespan because it causes them to run hotter. A 10-degree Celsius increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50%. Ripple also plays an important role in overall system stability, especially when overclocking is involved.

The ripple limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

Test12V5V3.3V5VSBPass/Fail
10% Load8.8 mV7.4 mV11.5 mV4.9 mVPass
20% Load11.7 mV7.2 mV12.8 mV5.1 mVPass
30% Load9.4 mV7.6 mV12.8 mV5.7 mVPass
40% Load7.2 mV7.6 mV13.4 mV6.5 mVPass
50% Load7.3 mV8.3 mV14.7 mV6.7 mVPass
60% Load8.6 mV8.6 mV15.2 mV7.4 mVPass
70% Load8.6 mV8.9 mV17.2 mV8.0 mVPass
80% Load9.1 mV10.7 mV18.2 mV8.9 mVPass
90% Load15.6 mV11.8 mV19.2 mV9.5 mVPass
100% Load27.0 mV13.6 mV20.4 mV12.1 mVPass
110% Load27.5 mV13.2 mV21.7 mV12.7 mVPass
Crossload 116.0 mV10.9 mV20.2 mV7.5 mVPass
Crossload 226.0 mV8.7 mV15.0 mV11.2 mVPass
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Results 30-33: Ripple Suppression

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The ripple suppression is very good, especially if we take into account the PSU's max power. 

Ripple At Full Load

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Ripple Full Load Scope Shots

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Ripple At 110% Load

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Ripple 110% Load Scope Shots

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Ripple At Cross-Load 1

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Ripple CL1 Load Scope Shots

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Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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Ripple CL2 Load Scope Shots

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EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & Quasi-Peak EMI Detector Results

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of a device to operate properly in its environment without disrupting the proper operation of other nearby devices.

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other nearby devices if too high. For example, it can be the cause of increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.

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Three spurs are exceeding the limits with the AVG EMI detector, but everything is fine with the QP EMI detector, which is more accurate. 

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