Picking out a power supply for a build can often be a daunting task. Wattage, plugs, fan size, efficiency, and name brands are all deciding points. Raidmax, a trusted brand in power supplies, has sent us their 1200AE Bronze power supply. Lets take a look at different efficiency certifications and where the 1200AE stacks up.
|Certification||PFC||Efficiency @ 20% Load||Efficiency @ 50% Load||Efficiency @ 100% Load|
|80 Plus||.90 @ 100%||80%||80%||80%|
|80 Plus Bronze||.90 @ 50%||82%||85%||82%|
|80 Plus Silver||.90 @ 50%||85%||88%||85%|
|80 Plus Gold||.90 @ 50%||87%||90%||87%|
|80 Plus Platinum
||.95 @ 50%||90%||92%||89%|
What 80 Plus Means:
The efficiency of a computer power supply is its output power divided by its input power. The remaining power is converted into heat. For instance, a 600-watt power supply with 60% efficiency running at full load would draw 1000 W from the mains and would therefore waste 400 W as heat. On the other hand a 600-watt power supply with 80% efficiency running at full load would draw 750 W from the mains and would therefore waste only 150 W as heat.
For a given power supply, efficiency varies depending on how much power is being delivered. Supplies are typically most efficient at between half and three quarters load, much less efficient at low load, and somewhat less efficient at maximum load. Older ATX power supplies were typically 60% to 75% efficient. To qualify for 80 PLUS, a power supply must achieve at least 80% efficiency at three specified loads (20%, 50% and 100% of maximum rated power). However, 80 PLUS supplies may still be less than 80% efficient at lower loads. For instance, an 80 PLUS, 520 watt supply could still be 70% or less efficient at 60 watts (a typical idle power for a desktop computer). Thus it is still important to select a supply with capacity appropriate to the device being powered.
It is easier to achieve the higher efficiency levels for higher wattage supplies, so gold and platinum supplies may be less available in consumer level supplies of reasonable capacity for typical desktop machines.
Typical computer power supplies may have power factors as low as 0.5 to 0.6. The higher power factor reduces the peak current draw, reducing load on the circuit or on an uninterruptible power supply.
Reducing the heat output of the computer helps reduce noise, since fans do not have to spin as fast to cool the computer. Reduced heat and resulting lower cooling demands may increase computer reliability.
The testing conditions may give an unrealistic expectation of efficiency for heavily loaded, high power (rated much larger than 300 W) supplies. A heavily loaded power supply and the computer it is powering generate significant amounts of heat, which may raise the power supply temperature, which is likely to decrease its efficiency. Since power supplies are certified at room temperature, this effect is not taken into account.
80 PLUS does not set efficiency targets for very low load. For instance, generation of standby power may still be relatively inefficient, and may not meet requirements of the One Watt Initiative. Testing of 80 PLUS power supplies shows that they vary considerably in standby efficiency. Some consume half a watt or less in standby with no load, where others consume several times as much at standby,even though they may meet higher 80 PLUS certification requirement levels. Inefficiencies in generating standby power are magnified by the amount of time that computers spend turned off.
View the Raidmax 1200AE Product Spec Sheet Raidmax_RX-1200AE.