Transient Filtering Stage
As we have mentioned in other articles and reviews, the first place we look when opening a power supply for a hint about its quality, is its filtering stage. The recommended components for this stage are two ferrite coils, two ceramic capacitors (Y capacitors, usually blue), one metalized polyester capacitor (X capacitor), and one MOV (Metal-Oxide Varistor). Very low-end power supplies use fewer components, usually removing the MOV and the first coil.
This power supply has two X capacitors and two Y capacitors more than the minimum required plus two X capacitors and one ferrite coil after the rectification bridge, but it doesn’t come with a MOV, which is a sin. This component is in charge of surge protection.
In the next page we will have a more detailed discussion about the components used in the Amacrox Free Earth 85PLUS 650 W.