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DeepCool GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W Power Supply Review

The DeepCool GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W power supply offers good performance but it isn't as quiet as the competing offerings.

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Our Verdict

The DeepCool GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W achieves high performance in all areas, but it is noisy under high loads, and we expected to find better parts at its internals, given the ten-year warranty.

For

  • Full power at 47 degrees Celsius
  • Good overall performance
  • Efficient
  • Highly efficient 5VSB rail
  • Long hold-up time
  • Fully modular
  • Large enough distance between peripheral connectors

Against

  • Low-quality FETs used
  • Weak boost diode in the APFC converter
  • Noisy
  • Poor transient response at 3.3V
  • Lower than 70% efficiency with 2% load
  • Not compatible with the alternative sleep mode

The DeepCool GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W uses a new platform from Channel Well Technology (CWT), which has the codename GPX. In essence, GPX platform is a downgraded GPU design (which we have seen in the Bitfenix Whisper line and the older DeepCool GamerStorm models). Its goal is to offer high enough performance at a lower price, meaning that it doesn't use the same high-quality parts that the GPU design utilizes. With higher quality FETs and a stronger boost diode, the GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W could be included in our Best Power Supplies article, but performance alone isn't enough. 

The design needs to be reliable enough to last for years to come, even under tough operating conditions, and it should also retain its good performance over time, because even PSUs age. DeepCool's new power supply line looks interesting, but it doesn't pose any threat to the highly popular Corsair RMx and Seasonic Focus Plus Gold lines.

DeepCool decided to expand its GamerStorm brand with a new PSU line, with the codename DQ-M V2L. This line consists of three members with capacities ranging from 650W to 850W. Compared to the original DQ-M line, which is based on the top-notch CWT GPU platform, the DQ-M V2L uses the inferior CWT GPX platform with some modifications, which allow for higher performance and increased reliability. The latter is depicted on the ten-year warranty that supports these new PSU models. Finally, all DQ-M V2L units feature a single +12V rail design, contrary to the DQ-M members, which had several +12V rails.

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Product Photos

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The GamerStorm DQ-M V2L 850W is the flagship of the line, featuring enough power (and connectors) to support a potent gaming system. It is a fully modular power supply with regular dimensions. A few years ago a 850W PSU with 160mm depth would be considered compact, but nowadays, we find similar capacity PSUs with only 140mm depth. With a quick look at the specifications, we wonder why DeepCool didn't use a larger fan (e.g., 140mm instead of 120mm), since the chassis is large enough to accommodate it. A larger fan can provide the same airflow with a smaller one, but at lower speeds so its noise output will be lower.

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Specifications

Manufacturer (OEM)

 

Max. DC Output

850W

Efficiency

80 PLUS Gold, ETA-A (88-91%)

Noise

LAMBDA-S+ (35-40 dB[A])

Modular

✓ (Fully)

Intel C6/C7 Power State Support

Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)

0 - 50°C

Over Voltage Protection

Under Voltage Protection

Over Power Protection

Over Current (+12V) Protection

Over Temperature Protection

Short Circuit Protection

Surge Protection

Inrush Current Protection

Fan Failure Protection

No Load Operation

Cooling

120mm Sleeve Bearing Fan (HA1225H12S-Z)

Semi-Passive Operation

Dimensions (W x H x D)

150 x 85 x 160mm

Weight

1.53 kg (3.37 lb)

Form Factor

ATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92

Warranty

10 Years

Power Specifications

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps202070.512.50.3
Watts11084612.53.6
Total Max. Power (W)850

Cables & Connectors

Modular CablesCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (550mm)1118AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (700mm)2218AWGNo
6+2 pin PCIe (500mm+100mm) 2418AWGNo
SATA (550mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)1420AWGNo
4-pin Molex (450mm+150mm) / SATA (+150mm+150mm)36 / 620AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1380mm) - C13 coupler1118AWG-

The ATX cable could be a bit longer, reaching 600mm, to ensure compatibility with full tower chassis. The length of the EPS connectors is satisfactory, but 50mm more wouldn't hurt. 

It isn't common to see six 4-pin Molex connectors, even in 850W PSUs. DeepCool thought that users would like to have a large number of these connectors to power peripheral devices that need more juice than what SATA connectors can provide. It is nice also to see a large enough distance between peripheral connectors. 

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Component Analysis

We strongly encourage you to have a look at our PSUs 101 article, which provides valuable information about PSUs and their operation, allowing you to better understand the components we're about to discuss.

General Data-
Manufacturer (OEM)CWT
PCB TypeDouble Sided
Primary Side-
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 2x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV, 1x CAP200DG (Discharge IC)
Inrush ProtectionNTC Thermistor (SCK055) & Relay
Bridge Rectifier(s)1x  GBU1506 (600V, 15A @ 100°C)
APFC MOSFETs2x Great Power GP28S50 (500V, 28A, Rds(on): 0.125Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode1x ON Semiconductor FFSP0665A (650V, 6A @ 153°C)
Hold-up Cap(s)1x Nippon Chemi-Con (400V, 680uF, 2,000h @ 105°C, KMR)
Main Switchers4x Silan Microelectronics SVF20N50F (500V, 12.6A @ 100°C, Rds(on): 0.27Ohm)
APFC ControllerChampion CM6500UNX & Champion CM03X
Resonant ControllerChampion CM6901X
TopologyPrimary side: APFC, Full-Bridge & LLC converter
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side-
+12V MOSFETs6 x IPS 014N04SA
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters: 4x Sync Power SPN3006 (30V, 57A @ 100°C, Rds(on): 5.5mOhm) PWM Controller: ANPEC APW7159C
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytic: 3x Nippon Chemi-Con (1-5,000h @ 105°C, 16V, KZE), 9x Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000h @ 105°C, 5V - 16V, KY), 1x Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000h @ 105°C, 25V, KYA), 1x Nippon Chemi-Con (1-2,000h @ 105°C, 16V, KMG), 1x Nichicon (1,000h @ 105°C,16V, VZ) Polymer: 23x FPCAP
Supervisor ICSitronix ST9S429-PG14 (OVP, UVP, OCP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelHong Hua HA1225H12S-Z (120mm, 12V, 0.58A, Rifle Bearing Fan)
5VSB Circuit-
Standby PWM ControllerPower Integrations TNY287PG
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The GPX platform is a downgraded version of the GPU design, so we didn't expect to find top-notch quality parts and, in some areas, e.g., in the APFC converter, indeed this is the case. Compared to other 850W units with similar specs, this one uses a notably weaker boost diode in the APFC circuit, and on top of that, the quality of the FETs that CWT used is not high. For example, the Silan Microelectronics FETs are also used in the much more affordable Corsair CX450 (the one made by CWT). It would be ideal if CWT used Infineon or On Semiconductor FETs, but this would affect the production cost.

The good thing is that a full-bridge topology is used, while the GPU platform uses half-bridge. Briefly, a full-bridge topology can deliver more power, with the proper components, and it has lower energy losses than a half-bridge configuration. Nonetheless, in radiated EMI, the half-bridge converter has the edge over the full-bridge converter.

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Transient filter

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The transient filter includes all necessary components to restrict conducted EMI effectively. 

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Bridge rectifiers

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The single bridge rectifier is bolted on the primary heatsink. The DQ850-M, based on the GPU platform, also uses a single bridge rectifier with similar specifications. 

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APFC converter

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In the APFC converter, we find two Great Power FETs, with model number GP28S50 and a single boost diode, which might be provided by a good manufacturer, but it isn't so strong. Usually, we find 8A boost diodes in higher-end 850W units. The DQ-850M uses an Infineon IDH08G65C5 (650V, 8A @ 145°C), for example. 

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Main FETs and primary transformer

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It is nice to see a full-bridge topology, but we cannot say the same for the primary switching FETs. To keep the cost down, CWT used more affordable FETs compared to the ones that the DQ850-M has in the same stage. To speak with numbers, two Fairchild FCPF125N65S3 FETs (DQ850-M) cost $5.62 while four Silan Microelectronics SVF20N50F go for $3.26. Saving $2.36 in the primary FETs alone is a huge deal! 

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12V FETs and VRMs

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The +12V rail uses six InPower Semiconductor FETs, while the pair of DC-DC converters that handle the minor rails utilize four Sync Power FETs. 

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Filtering caps

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The majority of electrolytic filtering caps are by Chemi-Con. Besides the high-end KY and KYA lines, we also find four lower-end KZE and KMG caps, along with a single Nichicon VZ, with only 1,000h lifetime. CWT also used a large number of polymer caps, which are made by FPCAP.

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5VSB Circuit

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The standby circuit is controlled by a Power Integrations TNY287PG IC. 

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The supervisor IC is provided by Sitronix and supports all necessary protection features but OTP (Over Temperature Protection), which is implemented through another circuit. 

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Modular board front

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Several polymer caps are installed at the face of the modular board, along with several bus-bars that transfer power to the modular sockets. 

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Soldering quality

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The soldering quality is very good. CWT has solid production lines.

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Cooling fan

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Most manufacturers have turned to Hong Hua because it offers high performance per buck products with satisfactory quality. This specific fan uses a rifle bearing, so under normal conditions, it will last for quite long. 

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