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Seasonic X-750 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply Review

Seasonic X-750 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS will be testing out a 750W power supply from Seasonic's flagship modular gaming "X" series. The Seasonic SS-750KM is an Active PFC unit which boasts the exceedingly hard to come by 80 Plus Gold.
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Testing the Power Supply - Power Draw

Power supplies which employ Power Factor Correction (PFC, or A-PFC) help ensure efficient conversion of AC to DC voltage, and reduce the amount of energy wasted as heat. That means a quieter 120mm fan can be used, and less noise for your ears.

PCSTATS tests power efficiency with the aid of an Extech Model 380803 Power Analyzer. The meter is located between the mains 120AC supply and the power supply, and a 120W dummy load is connected to the power supply being tested. Power jitter is measured with a Mastech MS8230B Multimeter at the device power connectors. The test apparatus and power meters are shown below.

The power supply looking device is actually the 120W dummy load. To the right is a standard Voltmeter, and in the background the Extech Model 380803 Power Analyzer (with readings for Watts, PFC/KHz, source voltage (AC) and Amperage).

Power Jitter Observations - Motherboard

Voltage jitter is read by accessing the power options displayed in the motherboard BIOS, with the system obviously in an unloaded state. Voltages were read from the BIOS of a motherboard.

Power Jitter Observations - Motherboard

Listed Voltages

Lower Voltage

Upper Voltage

Jitter

+3.3V

3.30V

3.31V

0.1V

+5.0V

4.91V

4.91V

0V

+12V

12.06V

12.07V

0.1V

There's really not much to say here, the X-750 was rock solid in this test.

Seasonic Load Tests Source: Seasonic

When looking at the Seasonic Power Supply test results we see two values, wattage and volt-amps. Since it might not be clear what they measure, here's a brief overview.

The volt-amp (VA) value is how much real power is being consumed by the power supply being tested to provide the wattage (W) value. The higher the VA value is, the more electricity is being used by the power supply. Because no electrical device is 100% efficient, there will always be some loss when converting AC to DC. The closer the volt-amps and wattage figures are to each other, the more efficient a power supply is. This is called the Power Factor: wattage / volt-amps = PF.

Since we're testing with a 120W dummy load, the load on the power supply (wattage) should be as close to this figure as possible. Anything above this load in apparent power describes the overhead and wasted energy (given off as heat) for the particular power supply being tested. For the unloaded tests, the wattage and volt-amp figures should be as close as possible to one another. The lower the figures are, the less power is being wasted.

Measurements were taken with an Extech 380803 Power Analyzer.

Seasonic Power Load Tests
Power Supply Model Wattage Test Type Loaded Unloaded
Seasonic SuperTornado 400 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 177 W 6 W
Apparent Power 182 VA 7 VA
Vantec iON2 350 W Active Power 192 W 10 W
Apparent Power 277 VA 21 VA
Antec TruePower 330 330 W Active Power 195 W 22 W
Apparent Power 289 VA 38 VA
Ultra X-Connect Green UV 500W 500 W Active Power 193W 22 W
Apparent Power 307 VA 40 VA
AOpen Silent Power AO400-12AHN 400 W Active Power 179W 9 W
Apparent Power 275 VA 18 VA
Seasonic S12-430 430 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 179W 6W
Apparent Power 180VA 9VA
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI

510 W
(A-PFC)

Active Power

200 W

29 W
Apparent Power 202 VA 32 VA
HEC Ace Power 580UB

580 W

Active Power

183 W

12 W
Apparent Power 272 VA 26 VA
HEC Win 550UB 550 W Active Power 184W 10W
Apparent Power 263VA 22VA
Akasa PowerPlus AK-P550FF 550 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 194W 38W
Apparent Power 197VA 40VA
AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN 700 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 172W 3W
Apparent Power 181VA 9VA
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW 1000 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 205W 25W
Apparent Power 207VA 32VA
Seasonic S12 600 600 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 164W 7W
Apparent Power 173VA 9VA
Mushkin Enhanced XP-650 650 W Active Power 192W 22W
Apparent Power 279VA 43VA
Seasonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 150W 7W
Apparent Power 150VA 10VA
Seasonic M12 700W 700 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 161W 8W
Apparent Power 165VA 11VA
Corsair HX620W 620 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 171W 8W
Apparent Power 173VA 12VA
Zalman ZM600-HP 600 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 173W 5W
Apparent Power 175VA 9VA
HEC Zephyr 650 650 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 185W 12W
Apparent Power 190VA 17VA
GlacialPower GP-PS550BP 550 W Active Power 178W 6W
Apparent Power 269VA 17VA
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W 750 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 158W 6W
Apparent Power 163VA 9VA
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W 750 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 158W 6W
Apparent Power 163VA 9VA
Seasonic S12 II 500W 500W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 145W 7W
Apparent Power 148VA 10VA
Enermax Infiniti 720W 720W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 179 W 12 W
Apparent Power 181 VA 18 VA
COOLMAX GREEN POWER CUQ-1200B 1200W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 172 W 9 W
Apparent Power 193 VA 12 VA
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad 750
(A-PFC)
Active Power 168 W 12 W
Apparent Power 175 VA 15 VA
Enermax Galaxy EGX850EWL 850 W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 184 W 11 W
Apparent Power 193 VA 16 VA
Seasonic M12D 750 750W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 169W 7W
Apparent Power 173VA 9VA
Seasonic S12D 850 850W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 148W 7W
Apparent Power 149VA 10VA
Seasonic X-750 750W
(A-PFC)
Active Power 139W 6W
Apparent Power 141VA 8VA

The Seasonic X-750 power supply uses 139W of power when a 120W load is hooked up, which is 86% efficiency, right in line with its 80+ Gold rating! I honestly did not think that Seasonic would be able to top the excellent M12D-750 modular unit that PCSTATS reviewed earlier this year, but with X-750 Seasonic has one-upped themselves again. It's no surprise that the X-750 is currently the most efficient power supply that PCSTATS has tested!

Conclusions: Seasonic Proves its Mettle

The Seasonic X-750 is a rock-solid power supply that would be a worthy foundation to any enthusiast or gamer PC. The term "rock-solid" applies to the build quality of this power supply, the design approach by Seasonic and the 80Plug Gold power efficiency rating. No matter how you cut it, Seasonic have manufactured a very satisfying PSU - that's evident the moment you lift it out of the box.

The modular cables that come with the Seasonic X-750 are sufficient to meet pretty much all PC configurations you can think of. With respect to videocards, this 750W PSU can comfortably support two dual-power high-end PCI Express videocards or four single-power mainstream PCI Express videocards. That's a lot of graphics card might.

On the peripheral side we find the X-750 offers up eight SATA/molex power connectors each, over six bundles. There are however only five ports on the back of the power supply, so not every cable bundle can be used.

Noise levels on the X-750 were low enough as to be inaudible. The 120mm Sanyo Denki fan is designed for silence, and because of the low heat levels produced by the X-750 it doesn't have to spin all that quickly either.

Best of all, the Seasonic X-750 power supply actually lived up to its 80 PLUS Gold certification. Even at lower loads PCSTATS is forced to test with (120W), the X-750 was able to maintain an 86% efficiency rating. Retailing for in the region of $210 CDN ($200 USD, £110 GBP), the X-750 isn't cheap, but cheap is the last thing you want from a power supply. The Seasonic X-750 is well-built, stable and highly efficiency, and that's worth every penny if you're a PC enthusiast. Recommended.

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Contents of Article: Seasonic SS-750KM
 Pg 1.  Seasonic X-750 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply Review
 Pg 2.  Appearance and Physical Specifications
 Pg 3.  Many Modular Cable Bundles - Lots of Choice
 Pg 4.  Polymer Aluminum Capacitors Inside
 Pg 5.  — Testing the Power Supply - Power Draw

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