BeQuiet! Pure Power L8 530W CM Review

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Additional technical assistance: Peter McFarland and Jeremy Price.

Correctly testing power supplies is a complex procedure and KitGuru have configured a test bench which can deliver up to a 2,000 watt DC load. Due to public requests we have changed our temperature settings recently – previously we rated with ambient temperatures at 25C, we have increased ambient temperatures by 10c (to 35c) in our environment to greater reflect warmer internal chassis conditions.

We use combinations of the following hardware:
• SunMoon SM-268
• CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)
• CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)
• Extech Power Analyzer
• Extech MultiMaster MM570 digital multimeter
• SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter (6-130dBa)
• Digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)
• Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA

We combine all +12V output for the results below.

DC Output Load Regulation

Combined

DC Load

+3.3V
+5V
+12V
+5VSB
A
V
A
V
A
V
A
V
110W
1.19
3.32
1.19
5.05
8.04
12.14
0.50
5.01
220W
2.07
3.31
2.08
5.04
16.12
12.08
0.50
5.02
340W
3.05
3.30
3.06
5.03
25.13
12.05
1.00
5.04
435W
4.02
3.29
4.07
5.02
33.17
12.02
1.50
5.05
530W
5.08
3.27
5.00
5.00
40.00
11.97
2.50
5.07
BeQuiet! Pure Power L8 530W CM Maximum Load
589W

Load regulation is very good across the output range. The power supply delivered 589 watts of power before it would shut down, safely.

Next we want to try Cross Loading. This basically means loads which are not balanced. If a PC for instance needs 500W on the +12V outputs but something like 30W via the combined 3.3V and +5V outputs then the voltage regulation can fluctuate badly.

Cross Load Testing +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5VSB
A V A V A V A V A V
493W 1.0 3.33 1.0 5.07 40.5 11.96 0.2 -12.04 0.50 5.01
153W 15.0 3.25 15.0 4.95 2.0 12.11 0.2 -12.06 0.50 5.02

The power supply coped well with the intensive cross load testing, especially when hit with 15A on both +3.3V and +5V output. The rails did dip a little, but not into a danger zone.

We then used an oscilloscope to measure AC ripple and noise present on the DC outputs. We set the oscilloscope time base to check for AC ripple at both high and low ends of the spectrum. ATX12V V2.2 specification for DC output ripple and noise is defined in the ATX 12V power supply design guide.

ATX12V Ver 2.2 Noise/Ripple Tolerance
Output
Ripple (mV p-p)
+3.3V
50
+5V
50
+12V1
120
+12V2
120
-12V
120
+5VSB
50

Obviously when measuring AC noise and ripple on the DC outputs the cleaner (less recorded) means we have a better end result. We measured this AC signal amplitude to see how closely the unit complied with the ATX standard.

AC Ripple (mV p-p)
DC Load +3.3V +5V +12V 5VSB
110W 10 10 20 10
220W 15 15 20 10
340W 15 15 25 15
435W 15 20 30 20
530W 20 25 40 20

Noise suppression from the unit is good, peaking at 40mV on the +12V output. +3.3V and +5V peak at 20mV and 25mV respectively. All well within industry rated tolerance levels.

Efficiency (%)
110W
82.23
220W
85.78
340W
86.87
435W
86.54
530W
83.35

Efficiency for an 80 Plus Bronze Certified unit is good, peaking at just under 87 percent at 50 percent load. This drops to 83.35 percent at full load.

We take the issue of noise very seriously at KitGuru and this is why we have built a special home brew system as a reference point when we test noise levels of various components. Why do this? Well this means we can eliminate secondary noise pollution in the test room and concentrate on components we are testing. It also brings us slightly closer to industry standards, such as DIN 45635.

Today to test the Power Supply we have taken it into our acoustics room environment and have set our SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter (6-130dBa) one meter away from the unit. We have no other fans running so we can effectively measure just the noise from the unit itself. That said, measuring lower than 28dBa proves very difficult, unless in strict laboratory conditions.

As this can be a little confusing for people, here are various dBa ratings in with real world situations to help describe the various levels.

KitGuru noise guide
10dBA - Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA - High Quality Computer fan
40dBA - A Bubbling Brook, or a Refrigerator
50dBA - Normal Conversation
60dBA - Laughter
70dBA - Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA - City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA - Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA - MP3 Player at maximum output
110dBA - Orchestra
120dBA - Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA - Threshold of Pain
140dBA - Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA - Instant Perforation of eardrum

Noise (dBA)
110W
<28.0
220W
<28.0
340W
<28.0
435W
30.2
530W 31.1

This is an exceptionally quiet power supply, with the fan barely spinning at all until the last 15% of load. Even at full load, you would be hard pressed to hear any noise emissions, especially from a normal distance of 1 to 2 meters.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
110W
36
39
220W
38
44
340W
41
48
435W
44
53
530W
46
58

The large fan doesn’t spin very hard at all, although the internal temperatures never rise to anything we would consider troublesome.

Maximum load
Efficiency
589W
82.8

Pushing the supply above its rated limits generates an efficiency level of around 82.8%. This is not a viable ‘real world’ situation, but its interesting nonetheless.

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  • Eran

    Sexy design and great products. German engineering at its best :)

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  • Tttt

    I own a bequiet cooler, bequiet power supply and bequiet fans. I love them. They need to make some new high grade cases with the same black and orange trimming. please?

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  • John

    I suggested the 630W of this range to my friend but he opted for a 1000W. people dont understand that no one needs a 1000W unless you have a very very high end system.

    Bequiet/Seasonic/Corsair – rock.

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