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Seasonic Focus SGX 500W SFX-L Power Supply Review: Top Performance In A Small Package

Our Verdict

The Seasonic SSR-500SGX has a fair price and offers good performance, but we wish it came with an additional SATA cable.

For

  • Full power at 46 degrees Celsius
  • Fair price
  • High performance
  • Good build quality
  • Fully modular
  • Ten-year warranty

Against

  • Only three SATA connectors
  • Loud fan under high loads.

Specifications and Part Analysis

Seasonic Focus SGX 500W SFX-L Power Supply ( (Image credit: Tom's Hardware))

The Seasonic Focus SGX with 500W capacity achieves top performance and manages to keep its output noise low. Even under tough operating temperatures (>40 degrees Celsius), its fan profile won't go crazy, as long as you don't exceed 50% of the max-rated-output. The main competitors of the SSR-500SGX, in the SFX-L category, are the similar capacity be quiet! model and the SilverStone SX500-LG, with both PSUs achieving much lower overall performance than Seasonic's offering. There are also some SFX competitors, with the Corsair SF450 being the main one, although it has 50W less.

We recently evaluated the strongest member of Seasonic's SGX line, with 650W capacity, which managed to make a very good impression on us. In this review, we will deal with the second strongest member of the line, with 500W capacity, which will either replace the 450W model (SSR-450SGX) or will just fill the 200W gap that currently exists between the 650W and 450W units. Since the 50W difference is insignificant, it would be better if the SSR-450SGX was replaced by the 500W model.

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The small packaging doesn't feature any fancy graphics and at its front side you won't even find a photo of the product. You will do find though a mention to the ten-year warranty, which currently is the longest provided in the SFX and SFX-L categories. Such a long warranty shows Seasonic's faith in this platform.

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The external design looks nice and the punched fan grille isn't so restrictive (for the airflow). The PSU's finish is good and fairly scratch resistant. On the PSU's back, the modular panel includes eight sockets. Two of them are for the ATX cable and the rest correspond to the EPS, PCIe, SATA and peripheral cables and connectors.

Specifications

Manufacturer (OEM)Seasonic
Max. DC Output500W
Efficiency80 PLUS Gold, ETA-A (88-91%)
NoiseLAMBDA-S++ (30-35 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
Cooling120mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan (S1201512HB)
Semi-Passive Operation
Dimensions (W x H x D)128 x 66 x 128mm
Weight1.11 kg (2.45 lb)
Form FactorSFX-L, EPS 2.92
Warranty10 Years

Power Specifications

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps20204130.3
Watts100492153.6
Total Max. Power (W)500

Cables and Connectors

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (360mm)1118AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (400mm)1118AWGNo
6+2 pin PCIe (400mm+100mm) 1218AWGNo
SATA (300mm+200mm+100mm)1318AWGNo
4-pin Molex (300mm+200mm+200mm)1318AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1370mm) - C13 coupler1118AWG-

There is a single EPS connector, as is the case in the 650W model, while the number of PCIe connectors is enough to cover the unit's 500W capacity. This is not the case though for the SATA connectors which are only three. There should be an additional SATA cable, increasing the number of the corresponding connectors to six. There are still two sockets left vacant, with all provided cables connected, one for an extra peripheral cable and one for an extra PCIe or EPS cable.

The cables are short since the SSR-500SGX is destined for small cases. Nonetheless, the distance between the peripheral connectors is long enough in order to avoid any compatibility issues. Finally, there are no in-cable caps, which are a nightmare for the majority of users because they make the cables bulky.

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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)Seasonic
PCB TypeDouble Sided
Primary Side
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 3x X caps, 2x CM chokes, 1x MOV
Inrush ProtectionNTC Thermistor & Relay
Bridge Rectifier(s)1x
APFC MOSFETS2x Champion GPT18N50D (500V, 18A @ 150°C, 0.27Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode1x STMicroelectronics STTH8S06D (600V, 8A @ 150°C)
Hold-up Cap(s)1x Nichicon (400V, 390uF, 3000h @ 105°C, GN)
Main Switchers2x Infineon IPP50R250CP (550V, 9A @ 100°C, 0.25Ohm)
Combo APFC/PWM ControllerChampion CM6500UN
Resonant ControllersChampion CM6901T6X
TopologyPrimary side: Half-Bridge & LLC converter Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side
+12V MOSFETS2x Nexperia PSMN1R0-40YLD (40V, 198A @ 100°C, 0.93mOhm)
5V & 3.3V2x DC-DC Converters
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytics: 3x Nippon Chemi-Con (105°C, W), 4x Nippon Chemi-Con (4-10,000 @ 105°C, KY), 2x Nichicon (4-10,000 @ 105°C, HE), 1x Rubycon (105°C) Polymers: 13x FPCAP, 4x Nippon Chemi-Con
Supervisor ICWeltrend WT7527V (OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelGlobe Fan S1201512HB (120mm, 12V, 0.45A, Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan)
5VSB Circuit
Rectifier1x MBR1045ULPS SBR (45V, 10A @ 90°C)
Standby PWM ControllerExcelliance EM8569C

The same platform from the SSR-650SGX is used, with some changes in parts. To be more specific, the 500W unit uses different main switching FETs and a small number of +12V FETs, while the bulk cap is smaller as well.

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On the secondary side, we measured the same amount of electrolytic and polymer caps (with the SSR-650SGX model), so we expect top-notch ripple suppression performance. The cooling fan is also the same, but apparently a more relaxed fan speed profile is used, since it will have to cope with lower thermal loads.

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