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Thermaltake Smart BM2 750W Power Supply Review

The Smart BM2 750W is a worth considering mid-level power supply from Thermaltake.

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Protection Features

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OCP (Cold @ 25.5°C)

12V: 68A (108.8%), 11.95V
5V: 26.5A (132.5%), 4.938V
3.3V: 28A (140%), 3.278V
5VSB: 3.8A (152%), 5.025V

OCP (Hot @ 38°C)

12V: 66.2A (105.92%), 11.959V
5V: 25.6A (128%), 4.944V
3.3V: 27.1A (135.5%), 3.281V
5VSB: 3.9A (156%), 5.018V

OPP (Cold @ 27°C)

882.2W (117.63%)

OPP (Hot @ 41°C)

869.59W (115.94%)

OTP

✓ (155°C @ 12V Heat Sink)

SCP

12V to Earth: ✓ 5V to Earth: ✓ 3.3V to Earth: ✓ 5VSB to Earth: ✓ -12V to Earth: ✓

PWR_OK

Accurate but lower than 16ms

NLO

SIP

Surge: MOV
Inrush: NTC Thermistor

OCP at 12V and 5V and OPP are configured correctly. We would like to see lower OCP, though, at 3.3V. OTP is also present, and this is a major advantage. 

DC Power Sequencing

According to Intel’s most recent Power Supply Design Guide (revision 1.4), the +12V and 5V outputs must be equal to or greater than the 3.3V rail at all times. Unfortunately, Intel doesn't mention why it is so important to always keep the 3.3V rail's voltage lower than the levels of the other two outputs.

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DC Power Sequencing Scope Shots

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The 3.3V rail is always lower than the other two, as the ATX spec dictates. 

Cross Load Tests

To generate the following charts, we set our loaders to auto mode through custom-made software before trying more than 25,000 possible load combinations with the +12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails. The deviations in each of the charts below are calculated by taking the nominal values of the rails (12V, 5V, and 3.3V) as point zero. The ambient temperature during testing was between 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Load Regulation Charts

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Load Regulation Graphs

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Efficiency Graph

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Ripple Graphs

The lower the power supply's ripple, the more stable the system will be and less stress will also be applied to its components.

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Ripple Suppression Graphs

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Infrared Images

We apply a half-load for 10 minutes with the PSU's top cover and cooling fan removed before taking photos with a modified FLIR E4 camera able to deliver an IR resolution of 320x240 (76,800 pixels).

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IR Images

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The hottest part is the heat sink on the secondary side, where the FETs that regulated the 12V rail are installed. 

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