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OCP (Cold @ 25°C)
12V: 105A (126.05%), 11.980V
OCP (Hot @ 38°C)
12V: 105.2A (126.29%), 11.975V
OPP (Cold @ 26°C)
OPP (Hot @ 43°C)
|✓ (127°C @ secondary side)|
|12V to Earth: ✓ 5V to Earth: ✓ 3.3V to Earth: ✓ 5VSB to Earth: ✓ -12V to Earth: ✓|
OCP at 12V and OPP are correctly set. On the other hand, the OCP triggering points are sky-high on the minor rails. They don't create any voltage regulation or ripple issues, but there is no need for such high amperage on these rails, which can wear off fast the DC-DC converters, under high operating temperatures.
All other essential protection features are present and operate as they should.
DC Power Sequencing
According to Intel’s most recent Power Supply Design Guide (revision 1.4), the +12V and 5V outputs must be equal to or greater than the 3.3V rail at all times. Unfortunately, Intel doesn't mention why it is so important to always keep the 3.3V rail's voltage lower than the levels of the other two outputs.
The 3.3V rail is always lower than the other two, so there is no problem here.
Cross Load Tests
To generate the following charts, we set our loaders to auto mode through custom-made software before trying more than 25,000 possible load combinations with the +12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails. The deviations in each of the charts below are calculated by taking the nominal values of the rails (12V, 5V, and 3.3V) as point zero. The ambient temperature during testing was between 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
Load Regulation Charts
Load Regulation Graphs
The lower the power supply's ripple, the more stable the system will be and less stress will also be applied to its components.
Ripple Suppression Graphs
We apply a half-load for 10 minutes with the PSU's top cover and cooling fan removed before taking photos with a modified FLIR E4 camera able to deliver an IR resolution of 320x240 (76,800 pixels).
The hottest part is the 12V board, which is connected to the main transformer through a pair of thick wires.
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