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Enermax ECO 80+ 620W Power Supply Review

Manufacturer: Enermax
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Introduction and Features

Introduction

                   

Enermax has a well earned reputation for delivering reliable power supplies, enclosures, and other accessories to the PC enthusiast market.  Enermax recently introduced their new ECO 80+ series of power supplies, which includes four models ranging from 350W, 400W, 500W, and 620W.  The main difference between the ECO 80+ series and the Liberty ECO PSUs is the ECO 80+ units all incorporate fixed cables.  The ECO 80+ 620W PSU is designed for 24/7 operation at up to 40°C and is backed by Enermax's 3-year warranty.

Enermax ECO 80+ 620W Power Supply

The new ECO 80+ series power supplies from Enermax are designed to deliver stable outputs with high efficiency and minimal noise.  The ECO series power supplies are all certified by the 80 Plus organization to be at least 80% efficient from 20% thru 100% of the rated output power.  And as you will see later on, the ECO 80+ 620W unit did prove to be very efficient and quiet

Enermax ECO 80+ 620W PSU Key Features:

•    620 watt continuous power output (up to 40°C)

•    High efficiency operation (80% efficient at 20-100% load)

•    Supports high-end graphic cards with two 6/8-pin PCI-E connectors

•    SLI or CrossFire ready

•    120mm Magma fan features Batwing blades and Twister bearings

•    AirGuard: Patented air inlet with optimal aerodynamic design

•    SafeGuard: Protection circuits for OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP and SCP

•    SpeedGuard: Advanced fuzzy-logic fan speed control reduces noise

•    Dual +12V rails with up to 48A (576W)

•    High-quality Japanese capacitors for maximum durability and stability

•    Compact chassis (only 140mm deep)

PSU Testing Methodology

Establishing an accurate load is critical to testing and evaluating a PC power supply.  PCPerspective’s power supply test bench can place a precise 2,000 watt DC load on the PSU under test.  Each power supply is tested under controlled, real-world conditions up to its maximum rated load, using both 115 VAC and 240 VAC line voltage.  Our current suite of tests includes:

•    DC Load Regulation

•    DC Line Regulation

•    DC Cross-load (unbalanced load)

•    AC Ripple and Noise

•    Power Factor

•    Efficiency

•    Differential Temperature

•    Noise


The Enermax ECO 80+ 620W power supply was evaluated on both features and performance.  A full range of equipment was used to test the power supply under controlled load conditions. 

•    (2) CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)

•    (4) CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)

•    Extech MultiMaster MM570 digital multimeter (Accuracy ±0.02%)

•    Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Accuracy ±0.5% of full scale)

•    Hitachi V-650F 60 MHz dual trace oscilloscope (Accuracy ±3%)

•    Powerstat Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA, 0-140 VAC

•    Extech Model 407738 digital sound level meter (Accuracy ±1.5 dB)

•    Custom PC60 enclosure to simulate real-world operating conditions


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