Corsair SF450 Platinum SFX PSU Review: Best of the Best

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Ripple Measurements

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The following table includes the ripple levels we measured on the SF450’s rails. The limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

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10% Load5.5mV6.8mV4.5mV7.6mVPass
20% Load8.5mV7.2mV5.3mV9.2mVPass
30% Load11.0mV7.6mV5.6mV9.0mVPass
40% Load12.7mV7.9mV6.2mV8.6mVPass
50% Load15.2mV8.7mV6.8mV8.7mVPass
60% Load26.5mV9.4mV8.7mV11.3mVPass
70% Load18.9mV10.2mV10.2mV10.2mVPass
80% Load19.9mV11.0mV11.7mV11.2mVPass
90% Load21.7mV11.3mV11.1mV12.5mVPass
100% Load23.3mV12.0mV11.1mV13.6mVPass
110% Load25.8mV12.1mV10.9mV14.7mVPass
Cross-Load 19.9mV11.6mV11.2mV15.6mVPass
Cross-Load 223.6mV8.1mV6.8mV15.0mVPass

Ripple suppression is great on every rail, despite the lack of in-cable capacitors. Plenty of polymer caps on the secondary side, along with a few electrolytic ones, enable clean DC rails.

Ripple Oscilloscope Screenshots

The following oscilloscope screenshots illustrate the AC ripple and noise registered on the main rails (+12V, 5V, 3.3V and 5VSB). The bigger the fluctuations on the screen, the bigger the ripple/noise. We set 0.01 V/Div (each vertical division/box equals 0.01V) as the standard for all measurements.  

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110-Percent Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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Contributing Editor

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