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Seasonic G-Series 450W PSU Review

Seasonic's G series consists of reliable, high-performance PSUs. Today, we're reviewing the G-450 with 450W capacity, which features a semi-modular cabling design.

Transient Response Tests

Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details on our transient response testing, please click here.

In these tests, we monitored the response of the PSU in two different scenarios. First, a transient load (10A at +12V, 5A at 5V, 5A at 3.3V and 0.5A at 5VSB) was applied to the PSU for 200ms while the PSU was working at 20 percent load. In the second scenario, the PSU was hit by the same transient load while operating at 50 percent load. In both tests, we used our oscilloscope to measure the voltage drops caused by the transient load. The voltages should have remained within the ATX specification's regulation limits.

These tests are crucial because they simulate the transient loads a PSU is likely to face (such as when booting a RAID array or handling an instant 100 percent load of CPU/GPUs). We call these tests "Advanced Transient-Response Tests," and they are designed to be very tough to master, especially for a PSU with a capacity of less than 500W.  

Advanced Transient Response at 20 Percent

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.184V12.062V1.00%Pass
5V5.063V4.933V2.57%Pass
3.3V3.339V3.212V3.80%Pass
5VSB4.998V4.969V0.58%Pass

Advanced Transient Response at 50 Percent

VoltageBeforeAfterChangePass/Fail
12V12.130V11.997V1.10%Pass
5V5.035V4.912V2.44%Pass
3.3V3.310V3.182V3.87%Pass
5VSB4.965V4.932V0.66%Pass
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Although the G-450's capacity is a significant handicap for these tests, its +12V rail did pretty well and stayed close to one percent deviation. The 5V and 5VSB rails also performed well, while the 3.3V rail registered a mediocre performance. This was especially true in the second test, in which the voltage levels dropped below 3.2V when we applied the transient load.

Here are the oscilloscope screenshots we took during Advanced Transient Response Testing:

Transient Response At 20 Percent Load

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Transient Response At 50 Percent Load

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Turn-On Transient Tests

In the next set of tests, we measured the response of the PSU in simpler transient load scenarios, during its power-on phase.

For the first measurement, we turned off the PSU, dialed in the maximum current the 5VSB could output and switched on the PSU. In the second test, we dialed the maximum load the +12V could handle and started the PSU while it was in standby mode. In the last test, while the PSU was completely switched off (we cut off the power or switched it off by flipping the on/off switch), we dialed the maximum load the +12V rail could handle before switching on the PSU from the loader and restoring power. The ATX specification states that recorded spikes on all rails should not exceed 10 percent of their nominal values (+10 percent for 12V is 13.2V, and 5.5V for 5V).  

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The performance of the 5VSB rail was great during the first two tests. The results of the third test weren't as satisfying; we noticed a period with increased ripple along with a wave right before the rail settled down to its nominal voltage.

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