NZXT C Series 750W Power Supply Review

Good performance, but the fan profile could be more relaxed.

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Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details about 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. 

We should note that the ATX spec requires capacitive loading during the transient rests, but in our methodology, we also choose to apply a worst case scenario with no additional capacitance on the rails. 

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 10ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 10ms

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Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

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The deviation at 12V is at good levels since it remains close to 1%. On the minor rails the transient response is not so good though, especially at 3.3V.

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.

Besides the usual waveform steps, for a Focus platform, on the 12V rail, there is nothing more here to comment—all in all, good performance. 

Power Supply Timing Tests

There are several signals generated by the power supply, which need to be within specified, by the ATX spec, ranges. If they are not, there can be compatibility issues with other system parts, especially mainboards. From year 2020, the PSU's Power-on time (T1) has to be lower than 150ms and the PWR_OK delay (T3) from 100 to 150ms, to be compatible with the Alternative Sleep Mode.

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PSU Timings Table
T1 (Power-on time) & T3 (PWR_OK delay)

The PWR_OK delay is out of the 100-150ms region, so the PSU does not support the alternative sleep mode, which will is recommended by the ATX spec. As we already mentioned in the prologue, though, there are no compatible mainboards available yet. What matters the most, for the moment, is for the Power-on time to be lower than 100ms, to avoid compatibility issues with picky mainboards, and the C750 achieves that. 

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represent the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' lifespan because it causes them to run hotter. A 10-degree Celsius increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50%. 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).

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10% Load9.8 mV6.2 mV5.4 mV5.5 mVPass
20% Load13.4 mV6.3 mV5.7 mV6.0 mVPass
30% Load15.8 mV7.0 mV6.2 mV6.5 mVPass
40% Load17.9 mV7.1 mV6.9 mV6.7 mVPass
50% Load13.8 mV7.6 mV6.9 mV6.5 mVPass
60% Load12.2 mV7.8 mV7.1 mV6.9 mVPass
70% Load12.2 mV8.5 mV7.6 mV7.3 mVPass
80% Load12.7 mV9.2 mV13.6 mV8.4 mVPass
90% Load14.6 mV10.1 mV14.6 mV9.1 mVPass
100% Load22.7 mV11.8 mV15.4 mV9.2 mVPass
110% Load26.5 mV12.6 mV15.5 mV10.3 mVPass
Crossload 114.4 mV12.2 mV14.3 mV7.3 mVPass
Crossload 221.7 mV9.0 mV8.2 mV8.5 mVPass

Ripple suppression is good on all rails. 

Ripple At Full Load

Ripple At 110% Load

Ripple At Cross-Load 1

Ripple At Cross-Load 2

EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average & Quasi-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 nearby devices.

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other nearby devices if too high. For example, it can be the cause of increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.

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With the AVG EMI detector, some spurs are exceeding the limits. On the contrary, with the more accurate QP EMI detector, everything is fine. 

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Contributing Editor

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

  • Avro Arrow
    Nice-looking PSU. The only problem is that these days, people don't know which way to turn with all of these re-branded PSUs. As you stated, this is the same as the SeaSonic, which makes it good, but there are so many good PSUs that the market is just saturated. Names like EVGA, Antec, Corsair, and Be Quiet! are all top-tier and well-respected names.

    Then in the second tier you get names like Cooler Master, Thermaltake, Gigabyte and ASUS. This NZXT could easily get lost in the mix.
  • E-Bert
    a bit late but a question about the noise level, it says 33 decibels average across usage, but if im only using say 550W max load is it ever going to hit that 33 decibels? its the only thing stopping me from picking one up at the moment