Page 1:SilverStone ST80F-TI Power Supply Review
Page 2:Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling
Page 3:A Look Inside And Component Analysis
Page 4:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current And Protections
Page 5:Efficiency, Temperature And Noise
Page 6:Protection Features Evaluation
Page 7:Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
Page 8:Transient Response Tests
Page 9:Ripple Measurements
Page 10:Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise and Efficiency Ratings
Page 11:Pros, Cons And Final Verdict
Transient Response Tests
Advanced Transient Response Tests
For details on our transient response testing, please click here.
Ιn these tests, we monitor the PSU's response in two different scenarios. First, a transient load (10A at +12V, 5A at 5V, 5A at 3.3V and 0.5A at 5VSB) is applied for 200ms while the PSU works at 20 percent load. In the second scenario, the PSU is hit by the same transient load while operating at 50 percent load. In both tests, we use our oscilloscope to measure the voltage drops caused by the transient load. The voltages should remain within the ATX specification's regulation limits.
These tests are crucial because they simulate the transient loads a PSU is likely to handle (such as booting a RAID array or an instant 100 percent load of CPU/GPUs). We call these tests "Advanced Transient Response Tests," and they are designed to be very tough to master, especially for a PSU with a capacity of less than 500W.
Advanced Transient Response at 20 Percent
Advanced Transient Response at 50 Percent
The deviations at +12V exceed 1%. We're not exactly satisfied with those numbers; high-end PSUs are expected to land closer to 0.5%. The 5V and 5VSB rails perform decently, while the 3.3V rail demonstrates higher than 4% deviations in both tests. Thanks to high initial voltage, however, it doesn't drop below 3.2V. That's average performance, for the most part.
Here are the oscilloscope screenshots we took during Advanced Transient Response Testing:
Transient Response At 20 Percent Load
Transient Response At 50 Percent Load
Turn-On Transient Tests
In the next set of tests, we measure the PSU's response in simpler transient load scenarios—during its power-on phase.
For the first measurement, we turn off the PSU, dial in the 5VSB rail's maximum current and switch the PSU on. In the second test, we dial in the maximum load the +12V rail can handle and start the PSU while it's in standby mode. In the last test, while the PSU is completely switched off, we dial the maximum load the +12V rail can handle before switching the PSU on from the loader. The ATX specification states that recorded spikes on all rails should not exceed 10 percent of their nominal values (+10 percent for 12V is 13.2V, and 5.5V for 5V).
The waveform at 5VSB is almost perfect. In the other two tests, a couple of small waves aren't enough to ruin a good overall picture.
- SilverStone ST80F-TI Power Supply Review
- Packaging, Contents, Exterior And Cabling
- A Look Inside And Component Analysis
- Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time And Inrush Current And Protections
- Efficiency, Temperature And Noise
- Protection Features Evaluation
- Cross-Load Tests And Infrared Images
- Transient Response Tests
- Ripple Measurements
- Performance, Performance Per Dollar, Noise and Efficiency Ratings
- Pros, Cons And Final Verdict