Well, we do have multiple GeForce GTX 590 cards at our disposal, why not put some more load on the PSU and enable four GPUs? Since this is a 1500W PSU we could not leave you guys hanging dry. We in fact installed a second GeForce GTX 590 to see the power draw. You'll notice that four GPUs will stress the power supply more.
So I injected some other PSUs as well. This is merely a demonstration test that shows the total wattage in the different tested modes. With four GPUs during gaming we peak at a blistering 739W VERY close to maximu load, which in all honestly is impressive and close to Platinum certified PSUs. But remember, this PSU is at it's best efficiency at 50% load and that is almost exactly what we are consuming on the productivity test.
Under this full load the PSU gets lukewarm at best and the fan starts to work harder, you can hear the PSU. We had the PSU outside a chassis at this stage though so there was no active airflow.
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.
This is old fashioned Digital MultiMeter work. Once we've gathered all Voltage 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. At 5V load we did notice a slight offset at 4.9V but it remains well within specification and tolerances.
As you can see, the PSU when utilized stays fairly consistent as you can hardly even see the blue line, meaning that the PSU is functioning within ATX specified limits. However in the 12V rails we do see a tiny hint of fluctiation.
We measured one massive 12V rail only.
Sound levels (dBA)
As usual we grabbed our dBA meter. 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).
At IDLE you can hear the PSU ventilator slightly - 39 DBa
At 50% load you can hear the PSU - 40 DBa
At 98% load you can hear the PSU - 41 DBa
All in all the PSU simply remains okay in terms of noise levels. Not silent though.
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