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High Power Astro PT 700W Platinum Power Supply Review

Introduction and Features

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(Courtesy of High Power)

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High Power Electronic’s Astro Series includes seven PC power supplies ranging in output capacity from 500W up to 750W. All of the power supplies in the Astro Series are certified 80Plus Gold (AGD-500F, AGD-600F, AGD-650, AGD-750F, AGD-750) except for two models that achieve the coveted 80Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency (APT-600 and APT-700).

Astro PT 700W Platinum PSU Key Features: (from the High Power website)

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• Off-Delay Fan (Fan Stays On After System Shutdown): This feature allows the PSU fan to continue running after the system is shut down for a few seconds to exhaust the residual warm air inside the PSU and computer case to help extend component life.

• Single +12V Output Rail: Offers maximum compatibility for the +12V demand (PT 700W: 58A-696W)

• 100% Japanese-made Capacitors: provide longer lifespan

• Reliable Japan

ese-made Solid-state Capacitors: for enhanced system durability and stability even under extreme conditions

• Easily Detachable and Flexible Flat Modular Cables: Use only the cables you need. Reduce clutter from unused connectors and enhance the airflow inside your system

• Patented Easy Swap Connector: for quick and easy installation

• Long Cable Length: Longer cables for easier cable management behind the motherboard

• ErP 2013 The PSU’s standby mode won’t exceed 0.5W consumption to save energy and help maintain a sustainable environment

Please continue reading our High Power Astro PT 700W power supply review!!!

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 DC load on the PSU under test.  Each power supply is tested under controlled, real-world conditions up to its maximum rated load (at 40ºC), using both 115 VAC and 240 VAC line voltage.  Our current suite of tests includes:

• DC Load Regulation
• AC Ripple and Noise
• Efficiency
• Differential Temperature
• Noise

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The Astro PT 700W 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)
• (2) 200W Precision resistor load bank (+12V5 and +12V6)
• Switchable precision resistor load bank (-12V and +5VSB)
• Agilent 34401A digital multimeter (Accuracy ±0.0035% vDC)
• Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Accuracy ±0.5% of full scale)
• DS1M12 "StingRay" digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)
• Powerstat Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA, 0-140 VAC
• Extech Model 407738 digital sound level meter (Accuracy ±1.5 dB)
 

July 1, 2013 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why don`t we convert to 240V in the USA as it is more efficient ?

July 3, 2013 | 09:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

We do have 240 volts in the US. All you need to do is hire an electrician to install a 240v 20 amp outlet where you use your computer and put a matching plug on your computer power cord and you can enjoy the efficiency of 240 volt power yourself.

July 2, 2013 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

the states are 115v 60hz due to lots of reasons, most of them historical and completely anachronistic, but no one wants to rip out the entire electrical system... just to dam entrenched...

July 8, 2013 | 01:21 PM - Posted by jonnyGURU (not verified)

The link from the overview to the actual review says "Please continue reading our Dark Power Pro 10 850W power supply review!!!" even though it's a review for a High Power Astro PT 700W. Cut and paste?

July 17, 2013 | 08:34 AM - Posted by Lee Garbutt aka...

Fixed - thanks!

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