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be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 850W Review

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. We run at 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
• Extech digital sound level meter
• Digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)
• Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA

We test in a single +12V configuration.

DC Output Load Regulation

Combined

DC Load

+3.3V
+5V
+12V
+5VSB
-12V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A V
85W
0.95
3.34
0.92
5.01
6.00
12.02
0.50
5.02
0.20 -12.03
170W
1.70
3.34
1.67
5.00
12.35
12.01
1.00
5.01
0.20 -12.03
425W
3.00
3.33
3.05
5.00
32.20
12.00
1.50
5.01
0.30 -12.01
640W 4.05 3.32 4.05 5.00 49.00 11.97 2.00 5.01 0.30 -12.01
850W
5.00
3.32
5.23
5.00
65.52
11.95
2.50
5.01
0.50 -12.01

Load regulation is very strong with the rails holding with 1.5% of recommended specifications.

be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 850W Maximum Load
943W

We managed to get the power supply to deliver 943W before it would shut down, delivering around 93W more than rated specifications.

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
760W 1.0 3.33 1.0 5.01 60.0 11.95 0.2 -12.02 0.50 5.01
165W 15.0 3.32 18.0 4.97 2.0 12.02 0.2 -12.01 0.50 5.02

The power supply dealt with the demanding cross load test very well exhibiting little fluctuation. It was tasked with 60A on the +12V rail and it held at 11.95V. The other rails delivered solid results also.

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
100W 5 5 10 5
225W 5 10 10 5
450W 10 10 15 5
675W 15 15 20 10
850W 15 15 25 15

Noise suppression is very good indeed with both the primary and minor rails exhibiting great all round results and well within industry rated parameters.

Efficiency (%) 240V
100W
90.7
225W
92.3
450W
94.1
675W
93.2
850W 91.4

As we would expect efficiency levels are very high across the range of loads – peaking at just over 94% around 55% load. This hits Platinum efficiency as the company claim.

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 Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2 one meter away from the unit. We have no other fans running so we can effectively measure just the noise from the unit itself.

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)
100W
<28.0
225W
29.4
450W
33.3
675W
35.8
850W 36.3

We really do rate the be quiet! Silent Wings fans very highly and this shows that throughout the load range the fan noise emissions are well under control – even at full load we wouldn’t call the fan too intrusive. The pitch is quite low, so it is not that noticeable, especially when you would have other fans running in a system build.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
100W
37
39
225W
38
43
450W
39
45
675W
43
51
850W
45
54

The large fan spins quite slowly at lower load levels due to the efficiency of the unit. Temperatures are well maintained throughout the full range of loads.

Maximum load
Efficiency
933 watts
90.5

At 943 watts, this unit managed to deliver efficiency at 90.5%.

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