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Corsair TX 750M Power Supply Review (80 Plus Gold)

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

DC Output Load Regulation

Combined

DC Load

+3.3V
+5V
+12V
+5VSB
-12V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A
V
A V
75W
0.95
3.35
0.90
5.03
5.18
12.05
0.50
5.01
0.20
-12.04
150W
1.67
3.35
1.68
5.03
10.73
12.05
1.00
5.01
0.20
-12.04
375W
3.00
3.34
3.08
5.03
28.18
12.04
1.50
5.00
0.30
-12.05
565W
4.00
3.34
4.05
5.02
42.90
12.02
2.00
5.00
0.30
-12.04
750W
4.91
3.33
5.08
5.01
57.35
11.98
2.50
5.00
0.50
-12.05

Load regulation is excellent, holding tight and well within 1.5%.

Corsair TX 750M
Maximum Load
851W

We managed to reach around 851W before the unit would shut down gracefully, after the protection kicked in. This is a full 100 watts more than the unit is officially rated. A good result.

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
734W 1.0 3.35 1.0 5.00 60.0 12.01 0.2 -12.03 0.50 5.00
154W 15.0 3.32 15.0 5.03 2.0 12.07 0.2 -12.05 0.50 5.00

The unit passes our Cross Load testing with flying colours. When hit with 60 Amps the unit holds steady at 12.01 Volts.

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
75W 5 10 10 5
150W 10 10 15 5
375W 10 15 20 10
565W 10 15 25 10
750W 10 15 30 10

Ripple results are very strong indeed with the +3.3V and +5V rails peaking at 10mV and 15mV respectively. The +12V rail peaks at 30mV when under full load. Excellent results.

Efficiency (%)
75W
87.55
150W
91.54
375W
92.83
565W
91.23
750W
90.56

Power efficiency rates as very good indeed, hitting a peak close to 93% at 50% load. At full load it drops to 90.5%, another stellar result.

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)
75W
<28.0
150W
<28.0
375W
<28.0
565W
33.4
750W 34.9

The large fan in the TX 750M spins very slowly at low to moderate demand and can barely be heard, even with an ear close to the exhaust panel of the chassis itself. At higher load demands the fan spins up a little to around 1,300 rpm, which rated close to 35dBa in our tests. Its audible, but never really intrusive. These are very good results indeed.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
75W
36
39
150W
38
41
375W
39
45
565W
45
53
750W
47
59

The high levels of efficiency of this unit help reduce expelled heat. At full load we measured a +12c variable.

Maximum load
Efficiency
851W
89.74

For those interested, we measured efficiency when stressing the unit to breaking point. 89.7 percent efficiency at 851W … hardly practical, but interesting regardless.

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