Efficiency, Differential Temperature and Noise
Efficiency is defined by the power output divided by the power input and is usually expressed as a percentage. If a PSU were a 100% efficient (which none are) 650 watts of AC power going in would result in 650 watts of DC power coming out (with no waste heat to dissipate). In the real world there are always inefficiencies and power is lost in the form of heat during the conversion process. Newer revisions to the ATX12V Power Supply Design Guide V 2.2 have continued to increase the efficiency recommendations for PC switching mode power supplies and now lists both required and recommended minimum efficiencies.
We measured the AC power input to the FOCUS SGX-650 PSU with an Extech power analyzer while the total DC load was found by adding all the individual +3.3V, +5V, +12V, -12V and +5VSB loads together.
The overall efficiency of the SGX-650 power supply is very good and easily meets the criteria for 80 Plus Gold certification, even while operating on 120VAC and at elevated temperatures.
80 Plus Program
Note: Tests conducted at room temperature (25°C)
Differential Temperature and Noise Levels
To simulate a demanding environment, some of the warm exhaust air from the PSU under test is recirculated back to the intake through a passive air duct, which allows the PSU air inlet temperature to increase with load, up to 40°C.
The differential temperature across the power supply was calculated by subtracting the internal case air temperature (T in) from the temperature of the warm exhaust air flowing out the back of the power supply (T out).
Thermocouples were placed at the air inlet and exhaust outlet. The ambient room air temperature was 23ºC (74ºF) +/- 0.5ºC during testing.
T out = temperature of air exhausting from power supply
T in = temperature of air entering power supply
Delta T = T out – T in
Sound pressure level readings were taken 3’ away from the rear of the case in an otherwise quiet room. The ambient noise level was ~27 dBA.
* Fan not spinning
The SGX-650 power supply was silent throughout the first two tests in Fanless mode. Once the cooling fan started to spin under a 50% load, the noise was still relatively quiet in Silent mode. Finally, at full load, with an elevated ambient temperature, the SGX-650 cooling fan noise became very noticeable in cooling mode.
(Courtesy of Seasonic)
Fun fact: If you are talking
Fun fact: If you are talking about the company, then it is Sea Sonic Electronics Co. Note that it is not “Seasonic” but two words “Sea Sonic”. But if you are talking about the brand, then it is just one word “Seasonic”.
But it gets even funnier than that. The naming of the American subsidiary of Sea Sonic is following the brand name: Seasonic Electronics Inc. But the European subsidiary then is following the name of the mother company again: Sea Sonic Europe B.V.
That said, i really like their PSUs despite the mind-bending name shenanigans. 😉