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Corsair SF600 Platinum PSU Review: Setting The SFX Performance Bar Higher

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Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time & Inrush Current

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Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation

Load Regulation testing is detailed here.

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Hold-Up Time

Our hold-up time tests are described in detail here.

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The hold-up time we measured was longer than 17ms. However, the power-good signal's duration didn't reach the 16ms mandated by the ATX specification. At least it's accurate.

Inrush Current

For details on our inrush current testing, please click here.

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With 115V input, the inrush current is low. It's much higher with 230V input, though.

Load Regulation And Efficiency Measurements

The first set of tests reveals the stability of the voltage rails and the SF600’s efficiency. The applied load equals (approximately) 10 to 110 percent of the PSU's maximum load in increments of 10 percentage points.

We conducted two additional tests. During the first, we stressed the two minor rails (5V and 3.3V) with a high load, while the load at +12V was only 0.1A. This test reveals whether a PSU is compatible with Intel's C6/C7 sleep states or not. In the second test, we determined the maximum load the +12V rail could handle with minimal load on the minor rails.

Test #12V5V3.3V5VSBDC/AC (Watts)EfficiencyFan SpeedPSU NoiseTemps (In/Out)PF/AC Volts
13.160A1.970A1.953A0.993A60.12385.790%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)47.48°C0.976
27.295A2.955A2.931A1.193A119.82990.149%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)49.22°C0.969
311.791A3.448A3.406A1.393A179.73191.489%0 RPM<6.0 dB(A)50.81°C0.976
416.292A3.943A3.912A1.594A239.75491.860%1319 RPM14.0 dB(A)41.80°C0.983
520.463A4.928A4.889A1.795A299.85391.835%1334 RPM14.3 dB(A)42.03°C0.987
624.632A5.914A5.868A1.996A359.94891.516%1544 RPM18.9 dB(A)42.80°C0.990
728.762A6.900A6.847A2.198A419.63590.720%1812 RPM23.0 dB(A)43.23°C0.992
832.969A7.886A7.826A2.400A480.13890.230%2410 RPM32.1 dB(A)43.71°C0.993
937.504A8.380A8.304A2.401A539.42389.731%2931 RPM37.1 dB(A)44.51°C0.994
1042.136A8.876A8.814A2.504A600.27589.180%3021 RPM37.6 dB(A)45.23°C0.995
1147.056A8.878A8.818A2.505A660.33888.459%3839 RPM44.3 dB(A)46.16°C0.996
CL10.151A14.006A14.000A0.000A120.34186.334%904 RPM7.1 dB(A)43.40°C0.970
CL250.024A1.003A1.000A1.000A622.66289.514%3459 RPM41.2 dB(A)45.72°C0.995

These load regulation numbers are super-tight, setting an example for all of the other high-end SFX-based PSUs to follow. When it comes to efficiency, the 80 PLUS Platinum standard's requirements are satisfied under 20% and full loads. It comes close to 92% at a 50% load. Keep in mind that we test at much higher ambient temperatures than the 80 PLUS organization, so lower efficiency readings are expected.

The cooling fan's profile is very relaxed. It only gets crazy with 110% load and in an ambient environment warmer than 46°C. Moreover, the semi-passive mode lasts up to our third test, since load on the minor rails remains low. As the load increases on those rails, the fan kicks in to cool the DC-DC converters responsible for generating those rails.

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