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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2 Power Supply Review

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2
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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
12V12.254V12.109V1.18%Pass
5V5.122V5.045V1.50%Pass
3.3V3.317V3.186V3.95%Pass
5VSB4.955V4.909V0.93%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.255V12.129V1.03%Pass
5V5.122V5.036V1.68%Pass
3.3V3.317V3.183V4.04%Pass
5VSB4.955V4.914V0.83%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.255V12.059V1.60%Pass
5V5.123V5.035V1.72%Pass
3.3V3.318V3.200V3.56%Pass
5VSB4.955V4.876V1.59%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.200V12.070V1.07%Pass
5V5.096V5.028V1.33%Pass
3.3V3.306V3.164V4.30%Pass
5VSB4.924V4.868V1.14%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 10ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.201V12.084V0.96%Pass
5V5.097V5.020V1.51%Pass
3.3V3.307V3.166V4.26%Pass
5VSB4.924V4.881V0.87%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.202V12.082V0.98%Pass
5V5.097V5.024V1.43%Pass
3.3V3.307V3.175V3.99%Pass
5VSB4.924V4.866V1.18%Pass
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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Results 25-29: Transient Response

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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The transient response at 12V is satisfactory, and the same goes for 5V and 5VSB. The PSU passes all tests at 3.3V, but we don't want to see voltages drop below 3.2V on this rail. 

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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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Turn-On Transient Response Scope Shots

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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These are very good results. 

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%56ms127.5ms
100%56ms127.5ms

The PWR_OK delay is within the 100-150ms region, so the PSU supports the alternative sleep mode recommended by the ATX spec.

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represents 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% Load21.0 mV8.6 mV9.1 mV6.9 mVPass
20% Load14.4 mV7.8 mV8.3 mV7.0 mVPass
30% Load8.4 mV7.7 mV7.8 mV5.9 mVPass
40% Load13.4 mV8.0 mV8.0 mV7.7 mVPass
50% Load8.6 mV8.0 mV7.2 mV6.7 mVPass
60% Load9.5 mV8.0 mV7.9 mV8.2 mVPass
70% Load14.5 mV10.7 mV9.4 mV9.7 mVPass
80% Load10.4 mV9.6 mV10.0 mV8.9 mVPass
90% Load11.1 mV10.7 mV11.8 mV9.0 mVPass
100% Load16.6 mV13.1 mV14.1 mV13.3 mVPass
110% Load17.8 mV12.5 mV13.2 mV13.0 mVPass
Crossload 116.9 mV9.5 mV12.2 mV6.4 mVPass
Crossload 216.2 mV9.6 mV10.4 mV7.2 mVPass
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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Results 30-33: Ripple Suppression

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple suppression is excellent! 

Ripple At Full Load

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple Full Load Scope Shots

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple At 110% Load

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple 110% Load Scope Shots

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple At Cross-Load 1

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple CL1 Load Scope Shots

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Ripple CL2 Load Scope Shots

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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Cooler Master V850 Gold V2

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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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The conducted EMI emissions are bottom low. The PSU's EMI filter does a great job. 

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Aris Mpitziopoulos
Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.
  • refillable
    Nice @Aris_Mp! I have a question though. Are the 550 W, 650 W, and the 750 W the same platform as this or are they different?
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  • Aris_Mp
    Thanks! The V750 uses the same platform. Have to check for the other two.
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  • refillable
    Aris_Mp said:
    Thanks! The V750 uses the same platform. Have to check for the other two.
    Oh, great then! Please do check because the lower wattages are already sold here in my country.
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