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Seasonic Connect 750W Power Supply Review: The Solution To Cable Management Problems

Seasonic Connect is the first PSU with a backplane.

Seasonic CONNECT Comprise PRIME
Editor's Choice
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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 and, at the same time, it applies less stress to the DC-DC converters that many system components utilize.

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Results 1-8: Load Regulation

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The load regulation is pretty tight on all rails. Compared to the Focus Plus Gold unit, it loses at +12V and 5VSB but wins on the minor rails. This is because of the Connect module, which might only be a link for +12V and 5VSB, but generates the minor rails, so the energy losses are lower. 

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 much longer than 17ms, which is what the ATX spec requires, and the power ok signal 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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Results 13-14: Inrush Current

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With 115V input the inrush current is low, but this is not the case with 230V. 

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.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBD°C/A°C (Watts)Effi°Cien°CyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])Temps (In/Out)PF/A°C Volts
14.424A1.989A1.982A0.983A74.95785.471%0<6.0 45.55°C0.968
12.059V5.030V3.330V5.090V87.699 40.57°C115.14V
29.880A2.985A2.974A1.184A150.02689.140%0<6.0 46.54°C0.981
12.057V5.027V3.327V5.070V168.304 41.24°C115.11V
315.677A3.484A3.474A1.385A225.02590.141%58219.2 41.65°C0.987
12.054V5.024V3.325V5.053V249.638 47.43°C115.11V
421.475A3.984A3.974A1.589A300.03190.068%69822.8 41.96°C0.988
12.052V5.022V3.323V5.035V333.117 48.23°C115.11V
526.892A4.984A4.969A1.794A374.52989.751%87229.3 42.61°C0.988
12.049V5.018V3.320V5.017V417.297 49.38°C115.10V
632.350A5.984A5.970A2.000A449.45789.244%108636.3 42.72°C0.988
12.045V5.014V3.317V4.997V503.626 50.03°C115.09V
737.842A6.983A6.972A2.210A524.79288.532%149544.4 43.14°C0.988
12.042V5.011V3.314V4.978V592.774 51.27°C115.08V
843.334A7.991A7.976A2.421A600.11287.773%170146.9 43.72°C0.989
12.039V5.007V3.310V4.958V683.712 52.62°C115.07V
949.199A8.494A8.464A2.428A674.61387.075%193450.7 45.01°C0.990
12.035V5.004V3.308V4.943V774.747 54.67°C115.07V
1054.861A8.997A8.983A3.054A749.84786.308%194151.1 45.21°C0.991
12.033V5.002V3.306V4.913V868.799 55.62°C115.06V
1161.122A8.999A8.984A3.063A825.06785.553%194951.5 46.50°C0.992
12.031V5.001V3.306V4.898V964.397 57.39°C115.05V
°CL10.116A11.999A12.000A0.000A101.05284.152%584 19.2 42.42°C0.977
12.049V5.006V3.299V5.097V120.082 49.15°C115.12V
°CL262.005A1.000A1.001A1.000A759.99486.960%1943 51.2 45.78°C0.991
12.042V5.023V3.333V4.971V873.959 55.99°C115.04V

With 30% load, the PSU achieves its peak efficiency, which is a little over 90%. With full load, efficiency takes a hit and cannot reach close to 87%, as the 80 PLUS Gold standard requires. Nonetheless, we conducted these tests at much higher operating temperatures, compared to 80 PLUS. Finally, the PF readings are not as high as we would like to see, especially at lower loads. 

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.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])PF/AC Volts
11.231A0.496A0.494A0.195A19.99269.371%0<6.00.860
12.062V5.037V3.337V5.117V28.819115.14V
22.461A0.993A0.989A0.392A39.98079.764%0<6.00.935
12.061V5.034V3.334V5.109V50.123115.14V
33.694A1.492A1.486A0.588A60.00883.966%0<6.00.958
12.060V5.032V3.332V5.101V71.467115.14V
44.922A1.989A1.980A0.786A79.95786.147%0<6.00.970
12.059V5.030V3.331V5.093V92.815115.14V

We would like to see over 70% efficiency with 20W load, and above 80% with 40W. 

2% or 10W Load Test

Intel plans on raising the ante at efficiency levels under ultra-light loads. So from July 2020, the ATX spec will require 70% and higher efficiency with 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.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan Speed (RPM)PSU Noise (dB[A])PF/AC Volts
11.080A0.209A0.211A0.052A15.04361.248%0<6.00.824
12.056V5.037V3.338V5.118V24.561115.15V

With 2% of the max-rated-capacity load, the PSU's efficiency is quite low, barely exceeding 60%. In newer designs, even under such a light load, efficiency easily breaks the 70% mark. 

Efficiency

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.

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Results 15-18: Efficiency

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With normal and 2% loads, the efficiency levels are not that high, compared to the competition at least, while with light loads, the PSU's efficiency is satisfactory. 

5VSB Efficiency

Test #5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyPF/AC Volts
10.100A0.51273.988%0.108
5.121V0.692115.15V
20.250A1.28076.236%0.223
5.117V1.679115.15V
30.550A2.81177.077%0.340
5.110V3.647115.14V
41.000A5.10076.669%0.413
5.099V6.652115.14V
51.500A7.63376.891%0.451
5.088V9.927115.14V
63.000A15.13774.394%0.505
5.045V20.347115.12V
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Results 19-20: 5VSB Efficiency

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The 5VSB rail needs an efficiency boost, to effectively meet the competition. This can only be achieved through a new design, of course. 

Power Consumption In Idle And Standby

Mode12V5V3.3V5VSBWattsPF/AC Volts
Idle12.056V5.037V3.338V5.121V9.8670.547
      115.1V
Standby 0.0430.007
   115.1V
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Results 21-22: Vampire Power

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The vampire power levels are low, with both voltage inputs. 

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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The fan profile is aggressive, especially under high operating temperatures and increased loads. 

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

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The fan speed profile remains aggressive under normal operating temperatures. Given the ample space between components in this PSU and the satisfactory efficiency levels, there is no need for such high fan speeds. 

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  • Phaaze88
    I was curious about this one. Not bad, but there's room for improvement.
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  • Math Geek
    i missed this one some how before it was released. but i like the idea and do hope we get more and more of these. is a solution to something i never even thought of as a problem, but now can't imagine doing without!!
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  • Myrmidonas
    An idea better than RGB in my opinion. Implementation can be improved though.
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  • bit_user
    Thanks for the thorough and comprehensive review, Aris!

    I don't have a problem with their existing modular setup. I have 3 Seasonic modular PSUs (and one semi-modular) and have swapped two of them between machines, on a couple occasions. It was very nice to be able to swap PSUs without having to unplug, reroute, and reconnect the cables from everything - just disconnect them at the PSU end. I also like being able to borrow cables that came with one PSU to use with another.

    With that said, I would use this style of setup under two conditions:
    Actual PSU performance should equal or exceed their conventional models.
    Cable compatibility should be retained with their existing modular PSUs.
    Otherwise, I'll just stick with what's been working just fine for me, as long as they continue to be available.
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