Page 1:Specifications and Part Analysis
Page 2:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, Inrush Current, Efficiency and Noise
Page 3:Protection Features, DC Power Sequencing, Cross-Load Tests & Infrared Images
Page 4:Transient Response Tests, Ripple Measurements and EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
Page 5:Performance, Noise and Efficiency
Page 6:Bottom Line
Transient Response Tests, Ripple Measurements and EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
Advanced Transient Response Tests
For details on 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.
Advanced Transient Response at 20 Percent – 200ms
Advanced Transient Response at 20 Percent – 20ms
Advanced Transient Response at 20 Percent – 1ms
Advanced Transient Response at 50 Percent – 200ms
Advanced Transient Response at 50 Percent – 20ms
Advanced Transient Response at 50 Percent – 1ms
The transient response is fantastic on all rails! The AX850 is not only highly efficient, but also capable of handling tough transient response scenarios without sweating.
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.
The results are good, since we don't notice any large spikes or voltage overshoots.
Ripple represents the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' life span because it causes them to run hotter. A 10°C increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50 percent. 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).
|10% Load||6.7 mV||4.3 mV||8.6 mV||6.8 mV||Pass|
|20% Load||8.3 mV||4.6 mV||9.0 mV||7.1 mV||Pass|
|30% Load||9.2 mV||5.2 mV||9.6 mV||7.2 mV||Pass|
|40% Load||5.7 mV||5.8 mV||9.9 mV||8.0 mV||Pass|
|50% Load||5.6 mV||4.7 mV||9.7 mV||8.0 mV||Pass|
|60% Load||6.0 mV||5.1 mV||9.7 mV||8.5 mV||Pass|
|70% Load||6.7 mV||5.0 mV||10.3 mV||8.3 mV||Pass|
|80% Load||6.9 mV||5.1 mV||10.6 mV||8.9 mV||Pass|
|90% Load||6.8 mV||5.1 mV||10.4 mV||8.1 mV||Pass|
|100% Load||10.8 mV||5.8 mV||11.8 mV||9.6 mV||Pass|
|110% Load||10.9 mV||5.7 mV||12.5 mV||10.1 mV||Pass|
|Crossload 1||8.9 mV||5.1 mV||12.0 mV||7.8 mV||Pass|
|Crossload 2||10.9 mV||5.5 mV||10.7 mV||9.6 mV||Pass|
The ripple suppression is great on all rails, especially at 5V where it doesn't exceed 10mV even in the worst case scenario. Obviously the addition of in-cable caps plays a role here.
Ripple At Full Load
Ripple At 110-Percent Load
Ripple At Cross-Load 1
Ripple At Cross-Load 2
EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & 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 close-by devices.
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other close-by devices if too high. For example it can be the cause of increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.
Average EMI Detector
Peak EMI Detector
The conducted EMI emissions are below the corresponding limits with both average and peak detectors.
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- Specifications and Part Analysis
- Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, Inrush Current, Efficiency and Noise
- Protection Features, DC Power Sequencing, Cross-Load Tests & Infrared Images
- Transient Response Tests, Ripple Measurements and EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
- Performance, Noise and Efficiency
- Bottom Line