NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU
Published: 22nd February 2007 | Source: Komplett | Price: |Load Testing
To provide our readers with the most accurate results, Overclock3D uses a custom built PSU load tester on all reviews. This not only gives much more reliable results than the testing methods employed by other sites, but also allows for all current and future review results to be compared side-by-side.
Efficiency tests are performed by measuring the wattage consumed by the power supply at the mains (Mains Draw) against the power consumed by the OC3D power supply stress tester (PSU Load). These results may not be 100% accurate, but have proven to be extremely close to results obtained from professional equipment.
| +3.3v Rail||0w||33w|| 66w|
| +5.0v Rail||0w||50w|| 100w|
| +12v Rails||0w||360w||720w|
As you can see from above, even with only an 886w load placed on the unit, the voltages on the +5v rail dropped to 4.87v and more worrying the +12v rails dropped to around 11.70v. I can only speculate that if a full 1000w load was placed on the unit, we'd see some even lower results from each of these rails.
Despite the relatively poor results from the rails under full load, the efficiency of the unit was calculated at a respectable 82.73% with a total of 1071w being drawn from the mains.
In our continuing efforts to make power supply reviews more thorough, rather than simply checking voltage stability, Overclock3D will now be recording the temerature of each PSU as it undergoes testing. Temperature recordings will be taken from the PSU's outer casing at 0%, 50% and 100% load levels in an attempt to gauge how much heat is likely to radiate into the end-users case, and how effective the cooling methods are.
Possibly the hardest part of any PSU review is summarising the level of noise given out by the unit. The threshold for what is considered 'noisy' varies from person to person and therefore what I may consider a quiet unit, another person may consider extremely loud. A common way to resolve this issue is to use a dBA meter to measure the units noise level, however this doesn't take into account the pitch (type) of noise emitted and whether it is likely to irritate end users.
For this reason OC3D records all power supplies at idle and load in wav format for you to make your own informed decisions. All recordings are taken at 30cm away from the PSU and outside of a PC case. You will need to remember that noise levels will be reduced by varying amounts once the PSU has been installed inside your PC enclosure.
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