Asus ROG Strix 650W Power Supply Review

The Asus ROG Strix 650W is a strong but costly power supply.

Asus ROG Strix 650W
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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% – 200ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 200ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

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The transient response is very good on the +12V, 5V, and 5VSB rails. This is not the case, though, for the 3.3V rail, which drops very low.

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.

There is a small voltage overshoot at 5VSB, and the +12V rail takes some time to reach its nominal voltage. 

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.

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PSU Timings Table
T1 (Power-on time) & T3 (PWR_OK delay)

As you can see in the table above, the PWR_OK delay is out of the 100-150ms region, so the PSU does not support the alternative sleep mode, which is a requirement for the newest ATX spec.

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).

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10% Load11.4 mV5.7 mV11.1 mV8.4 mVPass
20% Load15.7 mV5.5 mV11.5 mV9.2 mVPass
30% Load18.7 mV6.0 mV12.3 mV10.5 mVPass
40% Load21.0 mV7.0 mV12.5 mV10.0 mVPass
50% Load22.7 mV7.1 mV13.7 mV9.5 mVPass
60% Load20.2 mV7.2 mV14.3 mV10.1 mVPass
70% Load19.5 mV7.0 mV14.1 mV9.8 mVPass
80% Load19.3 mV7.0 mV16.0 mV11.1 mVPass
90% Load20.0 mV7.6 mV18.1 mV11.5 mVPass
100% Load26.6 mV9.2 mV17.8 mV12.2 mVPass
110% Load30.3 mV8.9 mV18.1 mV12.5 mVPass
Crossload 117.8 mV8.4 mV17.2 mV10.3 mVPass
Crossload 227.4 mV6.9 mV13.3 mV11.4 mVPass

The ripple suppression is good on all rails. It might be at the crazy low levels that the Corsair RM650x unit achieves, but it still is fully satisfactory.

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110% Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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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Some spurs are exceeding the limits with the average EMI detector, but the QP detector was clear, and it matters the most since it is much more precise than the AVG detector.

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Contributing Editor

Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.