Enermax Modu82+ II 625W PSU review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/06/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Stability Testing the PSU
So during our tests we also monitor the voltage fluctuations as shown below in both IDLE and LOAD states of the PC. We write down the lowest and highest value we see within a certain PC state. The difference is the fluctuation. If a PSU is unstable we'd see a lot of fluctuation, differences and discrepancies which can result in system instability.
Once we gathered all results we can place them in an easy to understand chart. Look at the chart, the two lines show both the Idle and Load state of a specific voltage rail, the dark blue one the lowest voltage dip measured, the red one the highest fluctuation. That's your baseline.
So then, ATX specification requires that the PSU needs to stay within a 5% fluctuation; for example, each +12 Volt rail should remain between 11.4 - 12.6 Volts.
As you can see, the PSU when utilized stays very consistent, meaning that the PSU is functioning within ATX specified limits. During the load test, I several times checked to see if the PSU was warm, it was at best lukewarm in a full stress test with roughly 700 Watts power draw, which was over the rated 625W specification.
Though at 700W you can silently hear the PSU the fan RPM will remain relatively low, and as such so will the airflow noise level coming from it.
Sound levels (dBA)
As usual we grabbed our dBA meter, enabled the PSU by hot-wiring it and started to listen to see if it made any significant noise. Short and simple, it's really silent.
The human hearing system has different sensitivities at different frequencies. This means that the perception of noise is not at all equal at every frequency. Noise with significant measured levels (in dB) at high or low frequencies will not be as annoying as it would be when its energy is concentrated in the middle frequencies. In other words, the measured noise levels in dB will not reflect the actual human perception of the loudness of the noise. That's why we measure the dBA level. A specific circuit is added to the sound level meter to correct its reading in regard to this concept. This reading is the noise level in dBA. The letter A is added to indicate the correction that was made in the measurement.
As always we measure 75 CM away from the product (usually the distance between you and a desktop computer), and yes... this test is always a tad subjective yet we measured 31~32 dBA and that's including surrounding noise levels, that's just perfect.
Under full PC stress we can measure the dBA level but all other components (fans/VGA/CPU/Chipset cooler) that make noise subjectively influence the results. The PSU remains more silent than them.
But sure, in a normal PC, you will not be able to hear this PSU. All in all, very silent and thus recommended to any of the audiophiles that like silence (yours truly included).
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