Page 1:Features and Specifications
Page 2:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, Inrush Current, Efficiency and Noise
Page 3:Protection Features, DC Power Sequencing, Cross-Load Tests and Infrared Images
Page 4:Transient Response Tests, Ripple Measurements and EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
Page 5:Performance, Noise and Efficiency
Page 6:Bottom Line
Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time, Inrush Current, Efficiency and Noise
To learn more about our PSU tests and methodology, please check out How We Test Power Supply Units.
Primary Rails And 5VSB Load Regulation
The following charts show the main rails' voltage values recorded between a range of 40W up to the PSU's maximum specified load, along with the deviation (in percent). Tight regulation is an important consideration every time we review a power supply because it facilitates constant voltage levels despite varying loads.
Put simply, hold-up time is the amount of time that the system can continue to run without shutting down or rebooting during a power interruption.
Corsair's hold-up time is long enough to satisfy the ATX specification's requirements and its power-good signal is accurate. We couldn't ask for more from the AX1000.
Inrush current, or switch-on surge, refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when it is first turned on. A large enough inrush current can cause circuit breakers and fuses to trip. It can also damage switches, relays, and bridge rectifiers. As a result, the lower the inrush current of a PSU right as it is turned on, the better.
According to our measurements, the AX1000's inrush current is kept under control with both voltage inputs.
10-110% Load Tests
|Test #||12V||5V||3.3V||5VSB||DC/AC (Watts)||Efficiency||Fan Speed||PSU Noise||Temps (In/Out)||PF/AC Volts|
|1||6.431A||1.977A||1.960A||0.992A||99.851||92.324%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||42.98°C||0.963|
|2||13.863A||2.968A||2.946A||1.191A||199.572||93.965%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||44.83°C||0.981|
|3||21.617A||3.462A||3.423A||1.391A||298.969||94.309%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||41.58°C||0.990|
|4||29.459A||3.960A||3.931A||1.591A||399.486||94.092%||733 RPM||20.2 dB(A)||41.76°C||0.993|
|5||36.928A||4.955A||4.917A||1.792A||499.576||93.694%||782 RPM||22.4 dB(A)||41.97°C||0.993|
|6||44.407A||5.947A||5.904A||1.992A||599.720||93.133%||848 RPM||25.7 dB(A)||42.62°C||0.995|
|7||51.854A||6.945A||6.892A||2.193A||699.488||92.563%||923 RPM||27.0 dB(A)||43.17°C||0.996|
|8||59.374A||7.940A||7.881A||2.394A||800.026||91.894%||993 RPM||29.6 dB(A)||43.64°C||0.997|
|9||67.217A||8.442A||8.359A||2.395A||899.322||91.255%||1072 RPM||32.1 dB(A)||44.55°C||0.997|
|10||74.903A||8.943A||8.872A||3.002A||999.772||90.413%||1422 RPM||40.5 dB(A)||45.22°C||0.998|
|11||83.152A||8.944A||8.873A||3.003A||1099.823||89.670%||1815 RPM||47.8 dB(A)||46.55°C||0.998|
|CL1||0.138A||15.001A||14.999A||0.000A||127.665||88.571%||938 RPM||27.7 dB(A)||41.93°C||0.974|
|CL2||83.013A||1.000A||0.999A||1.000A||1021.927||90.682%||1376 RPM||40.3 dB(A)||45.89°C||0.998|
20-80W Load Tests
|Test #||12V||5V||3.3V||5VSB||DC/AC (Watts)||Efficiency||Fan Speed||PSU Noise||PF/AC Volts|
|1||1.171A||0.491A||0.474A||0.198A||19.323||76.572%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||0.784|
|2||2.421A||0.987A||0.978A||0.396A||39.722||86.070%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||0.895|
|3||3.604A||1.482A||1.455A||0.594A||59.208||89.345%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||0.936|
|4||4.857A||1.976A||1.961A||0.793A||79.645||90.898%||0 RPM||<6.0 dB(A)||0.953|
Next, we plotted a chart showing the AX1000’s efficiency at low loads, and loads from 10 to 110 percent of its maximum-rated capacity.
As you can see, the AX1000 is highly efficient under normal and light loads. We're not surprised, of course: this is an 80 PLUS Titanium- and ETA-A+-certified PSU.
|Test #||5VSB||DC/AC (Watts)||Efficiency||PF/AC Volts|
Power Consumption In Idle And Standby
Fan RPM, Delta Temperature, And Output Noise
All results are obtained between an ambient temperature of 37°C (98.6°F) to 46°C (114.8°F).
The fan does its job well, given the temperature differences that our equipment recorded.
Under loads as high as 300W, the fan doesn't spin. Between 300W and 900W, the fan's rotational speed stays fairly low, limiting noise output as well. It's only under very high loads (and elevated temperatures) that the acoustics become bothersome.
The following results were obtained in an ambient environment kept between 30°C (86°F) and 32°C (89.6°F).
Even under normal operating temperatures, the passive mode doesn't last long if load on the minor rails increases too much. Apparently, the DC-DC converters responsible for handling the 5V and 3.3V rails need active cooling once they're pushed hard.
Overall, though, Corsair's fan profile is conservative, even under demanding loads.
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