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|Prime Ultra Platinum
|6x Y caps, 3x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV
|NTC Thermistor & Relay
|2x Vishay LVB2560 (600V, 25A @ 105°C)
|2x Infineon IPP60R125CP (650V, 16A @ 100°C, 0.125Ω)
|APFC Boost Diode
|1x CREE C3D08060A (600V, 8A @ 152°C)
|1x Nippon Chemi-Con (400V, 450uF, 2000h @ 105°C, CE) 1x Hitachi (400V, 820uF, 2000h @ 105°C, HU)
|4x Infineon IPP50R250CP (550V, 9A @ 100°C, 0.25Ω)
|Drivers For Main Switchers
|2x Silicon Labs Si8230BD
|ON Semiconductor NPC1654
|Primary side: Full-Bridge & LLC Resonant Converter Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
|4x Fairchild FDMS015N04B (40V, 100A @ 25°C, 1.5mΩ)
|5V & 3.3V
|DC-DC Converters: 6x Infineon BSC0906NS PWM Controller: APW7159
|Electrolytics: Nippon Chemi-Con (105°C, W), Nippon Chemi-Con (4000-10,000h @ 105°C, KY), Rubycon (6000-10,000h @ 105°C, ZLH), Nichicon (4000-10,000h @ 105°C, HE), 1x Rubycon (5VSB circuit, 105°C, YXD) Polymers: FPCAP, Nippon Chemi-Con
|Weltrend WT7527V (OVP, UVP, OCP, SCP, PG ) & AS393M
|Hong Hua HA13525H12F-Z (135mm, 12V, 0.50A, 2000 RPM, Fluid Dynamic Bearing)
|STMicroelectronics STU6N65K3 (650V, 3A @ 100°C, 1.3Ω) Infineon BSC0906NS(30V, 40A @ 100°C, 4.5mΩ)
|Lite-On LSP5523 (3A max output current)
The Prime Ultra platform looks identical to the non-Ultra platform, just as we expected. One thing is for sure, though: the new PSU's fan profile is different. As a result, all Prime Ultra models feature much quieter operation than their predecessors. This is a major advancement for enthusiasts looking to build high-end PCs that don't make a lot of noise. Seasonic's engineers apparently took the safe road for its Prime Platinum and Gold units, tuning fan speeds aggressively. Along the way, they realized they went too far, giving us the SSR-1000PD Ultra's looser fan curve.
A full-bridge topology is used on this PSU's primary side, along with an LLC resonant converter. That's typical for high-efficiency circuits able to satisfy the toughest efficiency requirements from both 80 PLUS and Cybenetics. On the secondary side, FETs regulate the +12V rail, while a couple of VRMs handle the minor rails.
Build quality is top-notch and the design is clean. There's enough space around the main PCB's components to allow for optimal airflow, which is enhanced by a lack of cabling inside the chassis. Given the SSR-1000PD Ultra's compact dimensions and 1kW capacity, it's impressive that the main PCB isn't densely populated with components.
The following video shows the SSR-1000PD Ultra’s internals.
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I notice you didn't give it an award rating...what gives, if you present it with such high praise?Reply
It has an award. It is just not shown, yet :)Reply
Lets all hope it doesn't kill your motherboard and all components like my SeaSonic did while only operating 1 year under light workloads. No matter how much change they make to PSU I would not trust a brand that would allow catastrophic results in using their products AND not accept responsibility for the loss.Reply