Efficiency, Temperature & Noise
Our efficiency testing procedure is detailed here.
Using results from the previous page, we plotted a chart showing the EA750G Pro's efficiency at low loads, and loads from 10 to 110 percent of its maximum-rated capacity.
The PSU's efficiency is decent, but still lower than most of the models we're comparing it to (especially under light loads).
Efficiency At Low Loads
In the following tests, we measure the EA750G Pro's efficiency at loads significantly lower than 10 percent of its maximum capacity (the lowest load the 80 PLUS standard measures). The loads we dialed were 20, 40, 60, and 80W. This is important for representing when a PC is idle, with power-saving features turned on.
|Test #||12V||5V||3.3V||5VSB||DC/AC (Watts)||Efficiency||Fan Speed||PSU Noise||PF/AC Volts|
|1||1.184A||0.496A||0.479A||0.196A||19.385||67.882%||474 RPM||9.2 dB(A)||0.826|
|2||2.445A||0.991A||0.992A||0.392A||39.809||79.241%||474 RPM||9.2 dB(A)||0.929|
|3||3.638A||1.484A||1.476A||5.093A||59.305||83.483%||474 RPM||9.2 dB(A)||0.959|
|4||4.899A||1.982A||1.988A||0.786A||79.732||85.779%||474 RPM||9.2 dB(A)||0.973|
We would like to see over 70% efficiency at 20W load. Under a 40W load, the 80% mark wasn't possible, unfortunately.
The ATX specification, along with CEC, ErP Lot 3 2014 and ErP Lot 6 2010/2013, states that 5VSB standby supply efficiency should be as high as possible, recommending 75 percent or higher with 550mA, 1A, and 1.5A of load. The PSU should also achieve higher than 75% efficiency at 5VSB under full load, or with 3A if its max current output on this rail is higher than 3A.
We take six measurements: one each at 100, 250, 550, 1000, and 1500mA, and one with the full load the 5VSB rail can handle.
|Test #||5VSB||DC/AC (Watts)||Efficiency||PF/AC Volts|
The 5VSB rail's efficiency is low. We would like to see Seasonic improve this circuit in the next revision to its Focus platform.
Power Consumption In Idle And Standby
In the table below, you'll find the power consumption and voltage values of all rails (except -12V) when the PSU is idle (powered on, but without any load on its rails), and the power consumption when the PSU is in standby mode (without any load, at 5VSB).
Vampire power is low with both voltage inputs.
Fan RPM, Delta Temperature, And Output Noise
Our mixed noise testing is described in detail here.
The first chart below illustrates the cooling fan's speed (in RPM), and the delta between input and output temperature. The results were obtained at 37°C (98.6°F) to 48°C (118.4°F) ambient temperature.
The next chart shows the cooling fan's speed (again, in RPM) and output noise. We measured acoustics from one meter away, inside a hemi-anechoic chamber. Background noise inside the chamber was below 6 dB(A) during testing (it's actually much lower, but our sound meter’s microphone hits its floor), and the results were obtained with the PSU operating at 37°C (98.6°F) to 48°C (118.4°F) ambient temperature.
The following graph illustrates the fan's output noise over the PSU's operating range. The same conditions of the above graph apply to our measurements, though the ambient temperature was between 30°C (86°F) to 32°C (89.6°F).
Passive operation ends when the load exceeds 250W at +12V. Up through 510W on the same rail, the PSU's noise is kept below 30 dB(A). Even in a worst-case scenario, it doesn't exceed 40 dB(A) so long as the ambient temperature doesn't exceed 32°C.
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