EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GM PSU Review: Big Power In A Small Form Factor

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Ripple Measurements

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The following table includes the ripple levels we measured on the 650 GM’s rails. The limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

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10% Load12.5mV8.9mV9.8mV4.4mVPass
20% Load13.3mV9.2mV10.2mV4.9mVPass
30% Load15.6mV10.5mV11.0mV6.3mVPass
40% Load19.2mV12.1mV11.9mV7.7mVPass
50% Load22.6mV14.1mV13.8mV9.1mVPass
60% Load26.2mV16.6mV15.4mV10.8mVPass
70% Load30.5mV18.8mV17.3mV12.6mVPass
80% Load34.0mV21.0mV19.3mV14.2mVPass
90% Load37.9mV23.3mV21.8mV15.3mVPass
100% Load41.0mV25.4mV23.0mV17.1mVPass
110% Load45.2mV27.4mV24.9mV18.8mVPass
Cross-Load 115.6mV12.0mV14.9mV5.4mVPass
Cross-Load 240.9mV23.2mV20.7mV15.3mVPass

The ripple suppression we observe is not up to today's high-end standards. It's good enough, though, especially when we take into account that this is an SFX-based power supply. Still, it'd be nice to see close to 30mV ripple at +12V and below 20mV on the minor rails under full load.

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.