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Seasonic G Series 360W Power Supply Review

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
• 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
88W
3.73
3.37
4.04
5.05
4.22
12.08
0.60
5.02
0.12 -12.06
176W
7.51
3.36
8.05
5.03
8.53
12.06
1.24
5.01
0.25 -12.08
263W
11.25
3.33
12.04
5.01
12.79
12.02
1.88
5.00
0.37 -12.10
360W
14.97
3.30
16.54
4.97
18.03
12.00
2.49
4.97
0.50 -12.12
Seasonic G Series 360W Maximum Load
451W

Load regulation is strong across the output range. We managed to get 451W from the unit before it would shut down, safely.

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
88W 10 10 25 10
176W 15 15 30 15
263W 20 20 40 15
360W 25 25 50 20

Ripple suppression is well within the Tolerance guidelines, rising to between 20mV and 25mV on the +3.3V and +5V output. It peaked at 50mV on the +12V output.

Efficiency (%)
88W
87.88
176W
90.77
263W
89.12
360W
88.31

Efficiency is good, peaking at almost 91 percent around 50 percent 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 Corsair 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)
88W
28.0
176W
29.4
263W
30.3
360W
32.8

The big fan copes well and until the last 10% of load, the power supply is basically silent. It isn’t until around 300watts of power output that the fan is audible, although it still spins quite slowly, even at 360Watts.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
88W
35
38
176W
38
41
263W
43
46
360W
47
56

Internal temperatures are excellent, rising to a 9c above ambient threshold at maximum load.

Maximum load
Efficiency
451 W
87.21

At 451 watts, the efficiency level measures 87.21%. Not a practical situation to be running 24/7, but worth noting.

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