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Fractal Design ION+ 560P Power Supply Review: As Quiet As It Gets

Transient Response Tests, Ripple Measurements and EMC Pre-Compliance Testing

Advanced Transient Response Tests

For details about our transient response testing, please click here.

In the real world, power supplies are always working with loads that change. It's of immense importance, then, for the PSU to keep its rails within the ATX specification's defined ranges. The smaller the deviations, the more stable your PC will be with less stress applied to its components. 

We should note that the ATX spec requires capacitive loading during the transient rests, but in our methodology, we also choose to apply a worst case scenario with no additional capacitance on the rails. 

Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 200ms


Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 20ms


Advanced Transient Response at 20% – 1ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 200ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 20ms


Advanced Transient Response at 50% – 1ms

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The transient response is not that good, especially at +12V where we would like to see readings within 1% and ideally close to 0.5%.

Turn-On Transient Tests

In the next set of tests, we measure the PSU's response in simpler transient load scenarios—during its power-on phase. Ideally, we don't want to see any voltage overshoots or spikes since those put a lot of stress on the DC-DC converters of installed components.

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All three slopes are pretty smooth.

Ripple Measurements

Ripple represent the AC fluctuations (periodic) and noise (random) found in the PSU's DC rails. This phenomenon significantly decreases the capacitors' lifespan because it causes them to run hotter. A 10-degree Celsius increase can cut into a cap's useful life by 50%. Ripple also plays an important role in overall system stability, especially when overclocking is involved.

The ripple limits, according to the ATX specification, are 120mV (+12V) and 50mV (5V, 3.3V, and 5VSB).

10% Load15.9 mV8.4 mV10.6 mV11.4 mVPass
20% Load10.9 mV8.8 mV11.4 mV12.0 mVPass
30% Load11.0 mV9.7 mV12.0 mV12.8 mVPass
40% Load12.7 mV10.8 mV12.4 mV13.3 mVPass
50% Load13.0 mV11.0 mV12.8 mV13.6 mVPass
60% Load14.0 mV12.5 mV14.5 mV15.4 mVPass
70% Load15.3 mV12.2 mV13.6 mV15.2 mVPass
80% Load14.5 mV12.3 mV14.8 mV14.9 mVPass
90% Load15.5 mV16.3 mV14.8 mV18.9 mVPass
100% Load21.0 mV13.4 mV14.8 mV15.5 mVPass
110% Load20.7 mV14.2 mV15.6 mV16.0 mVPass
Crossload 115.8 mV10.9 mV13.3 mV12.6 mVPass
Crossload 220.4 mV12.7 mV14.2 mV25.6 mVPass
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The ripple suppression is good on all rails.

Ripple At Full Load

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Ripple At 110% Load

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Ripple At Cross-Load 1

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Ripple At Cross-Load 2

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EMC Pre-Compliance Testing – Average and Peak EMI Detector Results

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of a device to operate properly in its environment without disrupting the proper operation of other close-by devices.

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) stands for the electromagnetic energy a device emits, and it can cause problems in other close-by devices if too high. For example, it can be the cause of increased static noise in your headphones or/and speakers.

The conducted EMI emissions are low, throughout the entire frequency range (150KHz to 30MHz).

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