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EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G6 Power Supply Review

Don't let the SuperNOVA name fool you. This PSU is far from exploding.

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G6
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Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation

The following charts show the main rails' voltage values recorded between a range of 40W up to the PSU's maximum specified load, along with the deviation (in percent). Tight regulation is an important consideration every time we review a power supply because it facilitates constant voltage levels despite varying loads. Tight load regulation also, among other factors, improves the system’s stability, especially under overclocked conditions. At the same time, it applies less stress to the DC-DC converters that many system components utilize.

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EVGA 850 G6

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Results 1-8: Load Regulation

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Load regulation is tight enough here at 12V but not even close to the level of theG3 and older Focus Plus Gold 850. That's because there is an increase at 12V at light loads, most likely due to the burst mode operation for high efficiency at these load levels. The minor rails could have tighter load regulation, but 5VSB, although it is in the last place, isn't a problem. 

Hold-Up Time

Put simply; hold-up time is the amount of time that the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption.

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Results 9-12: Hold-Up Time

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The hold-up time is very long on this unit, and the same goes for the power ok signal, which is accurate. 

Inrush Current

Inrush current, or switch-on surge, refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when it is first turned on. A large enough inrush current can cause circuit breakers and fuses to trip. It can also damage switches, relays, and bridge rectifiers. As a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as it is turned on, the better.

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EVGA 850 G6

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Results 13-14: Inrush Current

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This unit's inrush currents are high at 230V input, which could have been avoided with a larger NTC thermistor. 

Leakage Current

In layman's terms, leakage current is the unwanted transfer of energy from one circuit to another. In power supplies, it is the current flowing from the primary side to the ground or the chassis, which in the majority of cases is connected to the ground. For measuring leakage current, we use a GW Instek GPT-9904 electrical safety tester instrument.

The leakage current test is conducted at 110% of the DUT's rated voltage input (so for a 230-240V device, we conduct the test with 253-264V input). The maximum acceptable limit of a leakage current is 3.5 mA, as defined by the IEC-60950-1 regulation. This ensures that the current is low and will not harm any person coming in contact with the power supply's chassis.

EVGA 850 G6

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This unit's leakage current is low enough. 

10-110% Load Tests

These tests reveal the PSU's load regulation and efficiency levels under high ambient temperatures. They also show how the fan speed profile behaves under increased operating temperatures.

Test12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
10%5.215A1.982A1.981A0.982A85.01883.812%59111.840.58°C0.962
12.160V5.045V3.332V5.09V101.43944.65°C115.14V
20%11.450A2.976A2.975A1.182A169.99288.921%59111.840.87°C0.973
12.148V5.042V3.328V5.075V191.17145.47°C115.14V
30%18.052A3.474A3.475A1.383A255.01690.082%59211.941.32°C0.974
12.130V5.038V3.324V5.062V283.09346.66°C115.14V
40%24.653A3.973A3.975A1.585A340.12590.415%58911.841.74°C0.979
12.125V5.035V3.321V5.049V376.18347.56°C115.13V
50%30.920A4.972A4.976A1.788A425.19890.013%139139.242.02°C0.982
12.118V5.029V3.316V5.033V472.37448.37°C115.13V
60%37.145A5.972A5.978A1.993A509.70289.597%139339.342.67°C0.984
12.111V5.025V3.313V5.018V568.88449.65°C115.12V
70%43.442A6.973A6.981A2.199A595.02488.996%139539.443.24°C0.986
12.105V5.021V3.31V5.004V668.59751.21°C115.12V
80%49.739A7.978A7.987A2.304A679.8688.302%175445.943.69°C0.987
12.102V5.016V3.306V4.992V769.92652.15°C115.11V
90%56.428A8.481A8.48A2.411A765.28187.672%175845.944.76°C0.989
12.100V5.013V3.302V4.979V872.88753.77°C115.11V
100%62.856A8.985A9.004A3.028A850.09286.815%176145.945.51°C0.99
12.097V5.011V3.299V4.955V979.255.26°C115.1V
110%69.137A9.989A10.103A3.035A934.66485.892%176446.046.92°C0.99
12.097V5.007V3.296V4.944V1088.18557.67°C115.1V
CL10.116A14.316A14.272A0A121.33582.205%140640.042.11°C0.98
12.167V5.045V3.342V5.091V147.59948.22°C115.14V
CL20.115A23.785A0A0A121.44280.038%174745.743.22°C0.98
12.160V5.047V3.324V5.098V151.73149.86°C115.14V
CL30.115A0A23.61A0A80.59274.938%174445.644.9°C0.964
12.153V5.042V3.354V5.095V107.54552.08°C115.14V
CL470.264A0A0A0.001A849.75287.636%175945.945.86°C0.989
12.094V5.017V3.296V5.04V969.63855.31°C115.1V

The PSU easily handles high loads at increased operating temperatures, but the fan's noise is loud. 

20-80W Load Tests

In the following tests, we measure the PSU's efficiency at loads significantly lower than 10% of its maximum capacity (the lowest load the 80 PLUS standard measures). This is important for representing when a PC is idle with power-saving features turned on.

Test12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
20W1.228A0.495A0.495A0.195A20.01573.631%0<6.039.04°C0.803
12.105V5.053V3.336V5.116V27.18236.89°C115.14V
40W2.700A0.693A0.693A0.294A40.01479.344%0<6.039.89°C0.927

The fan doesn't spin at light loads, which helps boost efficiency as even a single Watt can notably affect efficiency readings in these tests. 

2% or 10W Load Test

From July 2020, the ATX spec requires 70% and higher efficiency at 115V input. The applied load is only 10W for PSUs with 500W and lower capacities, while for stronger units, we dial 2% of their max-rated capacity.

12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
1.224A0.25A0.25A0.052A17.1772.209%0<6.026.35°C0.778
12.093V5.047V3.333V5.12V23.77827.73°C115.12V

Efficiency exceeds 70% with 2% load, meeting the corresponding Intel specifications. 

Efficiency & Power Factor

Next, we plotted a chart showing the PSU's efficiency at low loads and loads from 10 to 110% of its maximum rated capacity. The higher a PSU’s efficiency, the less energy goes wasted, leading to a reduced carbon footprint and lower electricity bills. The same goes for power factor.

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Results 15-18: Efficiency

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Efficiency is on the low side for normal and light loads, which is always the case with a Gold unit. Only with a 2% load can this PSU manage to take a better place in the graph. 

5VSB Efficiency

Test #5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyPF/AC Volts
10.1A0.512W72.352%0.066
5.123V0.708W115.12V
20.25A1.28W75.888%0.147
5.119V1.687W115.12V
30.55A2.813W77.558%0.264
5.113V3.627W115.12V
41A5.103W77.688%0.363
5.102V6.569W115.12V
51.5A7.637W77.465%0.42
5.091V9.858W115.11V
63A15.138W75.942%0.492
5.045V19.934W115.12V
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Results 19-20: 5VSB Efficiency

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This unit's 5VSB rail is better than the corresponding circuit on the G3 model, but still isn't efficient enough for our liking. 

Power Consumption In Idle And Standby

Mode12V5V3.3V5VSBWattsPF/AC Volts
Idle12.089V5.045V3.332V5.124V3.6770.264
115.11V
Standby0.0590.005
115.11V
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Results 21-22: Vampire Power

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Vampire power is low enough at 115V, although it doesn't hit the less than 0.1W ideal at 230V input. 

Fan RPM, Delta Temperature, And Output Noise

All results are obtained between an ambient temperature of 37 to 47 degrees Celsius (98.6 to 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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This PSU's fan speed profile is quite aggressive at high operating temperatures. Given that it is controlled by an MCU, it could stand to have more operation modes to make it smoother. 

The following results were obtained at 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) ambient temperature.       

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At normal operating temperatures, close to 30 degrees Celsius, the PSU is silent up to 560W loads. Nevertheless, with higher loads it exceeds 30 dBA. The transition between low and mid loads to high ones could be smoother. 

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Aris Mpitziopoulos
Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.
  • Johnpombrio
    I own 3 of the EVGA Supernova 850 G2 power supplies with LOTS AND LOTS of extra modular cables 😊. I didn't know that they were legendary, heh. The specs on the side of the PSU are the same as the G6 so I expect that the main difference is the efficiency. I turned on ECO mode and I doubt the fan ever spins.
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  • taz-nz
    The biggest improvement is they got rid of the green chrome fan grill from the G5 series.

    If it's as reliable as the G2, G3 and G5 series, I look forward to building a lot of PCs with them.

    It would be nice if they stepped up their game in cheaper non-modular models, they are significantly lower quality.
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  • HideOut
    Why the hell is THG calling an 850W psu a mid range unit???
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  • SteelTeel
    Why is your noise measurement so different from what EVGA posts on its website? Are these measurements carried out with ECO mode enabled?
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