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SuperFlower Leadex Platinum ‘8 Pack Edition’ 2000W 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
500W
7.63
3.34
8.82
5.05
36.05
12.11
1.5
5.02
0.30 -12.08
750W
12.63
3.34
14.12
5.04
52.06
12.10
2.0
5.02
0.30 -12.08
1000W
17.75
3.33
20.00
5.04
72.25
12.08
2.5
5.01
0.50 -12.09
1250W 18.84 3.33 24.04 5.03 90.14 12.06 3.0 5.00 0.50 -12.09
1500W
18.87
3.32
22.64
5.02
115.90
12.05
3.5
5.00
0.50 -12.10
1600W 10.00 3.32 10.00 5.02 125.00 12.03 3.5 5.00 0.50 -12.11
2000W 12.00 3.31 12.00 5.02 155.00 12.02 3.0 5.00 0.50 -12.11

Load regulation is very good, even when delivering the full 2000 watts of power.

SuperFlower Leadex Platinum 2000W 8Pack Edition Maximum Load
2000W

The 2000W output is right at the test limits of our equipment so we were unable to push it any further. It did deliver the full 2000 watts however without shutting down.

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
1150W 3.0 3.33 2.0 5.04 92.0 12.08 0.2 -12.03 0.50 5.01
250W 20.0 3.31 24.0 5.04 5.0 12.07 0.2 -12.03 0.50 5.02

The SuperFlower Leadex Titanium 2000W produced fantastic results in the cross loading test. No discernible weaknesses.

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
500W 10 5 5 5
750W 10 5 5 5
1000W 10 5 10 5
1250W 10 5 15 5
1500W 15 10 15 10
1600W 15 10 15 10
2000W 15 10 20 15

Superb ripple suppression results, and yet again figures that any manufacturer would be happy to see.

Efficiency (%)
500W
92.11
750W
93.21
1000W
94.17
1250W
93.88
1500W 93.11
1600W 92.22
2000W 91.87

Overall efficiency is excellent, peaking at 94.17% when delivering between 1000 and 1100 watts.

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)
500W
28.2
750W
28.7
1000W
33.4
1250W
33.8
1500W 34.4
1600W 35.8
2000W 37.2

The fan spins slowly throughout the range, until around 1000 watts is tasked. It isn’t until 1,500 watts that the fan spins fast enough to be heard. It gets faster as the load increases, right until a peak just above 37dBa. At 2000 watts the fan is clearly audible.

Temperature (c)
Intake
Exhaust
500W
36
38
750W
37
42
1000W
42
48
1250W
46
54
1500W
48
58
1600W 51 61
2000W 54 67

The large fan copes with the heat inside the chassis, spinning more actively as the load increases above 1,000 watts.

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