Page 1:At $45 And Up, We Reach For Power Supply Gold
Page 2:Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W
Page 3:Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W: Measurements
Page 4:Corsair CX500
Page 5:Corsair CX500: Measurements
Page 6:Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W
Page 7:Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W: Measurements
Page 8:Seasonic SSR-360GP
Page 9:Seasonic SSR-360GP: Measurements
Page 10:Test Configuration, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
Page 11:Efficiency According To The 80 PLUS Spec, Standby Power, And Sound Level
Page 12:Part 2: Which One Of These PSUs Is Right For You?
Page 13:Model Comparison Table
Seasonic SSR-360GP: Measurements
Efficiency According to the 80 PLUS Spec
Efficiency by Load
Proudly displaying the 80 PLUS Gold logo on its box, Seasonic's SSR-360GP has something that no other power supply in our two-part round-up offers, and we're eager to test it. The efficiency requirements are significantly higher for a Gold-certified PSU than the Bronze-rated ones. For all three load scenarios, the efficiency minimums to qualify for 80 PLUS Gold are five percentage points higher, in fact. And Seasonic's SSR-360GP satisfies those stringent requirements without a problem. At 20% and 50% of its maximum load, the supply complies with little leeway to spare, while its efficiency at full load is noticeably better than the Gold tier's requirement. Seasonic extends its 5% advantage over the other PSUs even into low-load conditions. At 25 W, its efficiency is an admirable 75%.
The scope picture again reveals spikes that seem to plague all of the lower-end PSUs in our round-up. If we take them into account, all of Seasonic's DC rails would violate the ATX spec. But because we're looking past them, the waveforms look OK, if not a little more jagged than we'd expect. The SSR-360GP passes all other tests without a problem. It is also barely audible. We measured 30.2 dB(A) at 40 W and 30.6 dB(A) at 200 W; you'd only hear that with an ear close to the power supply.
A Close Look at the PCB
Building an 80 PLUS Gold-rated PSU to sell at $60 is quite a challenge, even for a company like Seasonic, since the high-quality parts are more expensive. Thus, money has to be saved elsewhere. For instance, we notice that the SSR-360GP's soldering quality, while OK, does not approach what you'd find on the company's flagship X-series. However, the electrical design is still quite modern, utilizing a DC-DC converter and an LLC resonance converter. Almost all capacitors are made in Japan. We found capacitors from Hitachi, Chemi-Con, and Rubycon. A few capacitors are made by Korea-based Enesol. All necessary components are there, and the component layout looks nice.
- At $45 And Up, We Reach For Power Supply Gold
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 520W: Measurements
- Corsair CX500
- Corsair CX500: Measurements
- Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W
- Gigabyte Greenmax Plus 450W: Measurements
- Seasonic SSR-360GP
- Seasonic SSR-360GP: Measurements
- Test Configuration, Hold-Up Time, And Inrush Current
- Efficiency According To The 80 PLUS Spec, Standby Power, And Sound Level
- Part 2: Which One Of These PSUs Is Right For You?
- Model Comparison Table