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Home » Power
Seasonic X-400 Fanless Power Supply Review
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: Reviews Last Updated: August 19, 2010
Page: 7 of 10
Load Tests
Hardware Secrets Golden Award

We conducted several tests with this power supply, as described in the article Hardware Secrets Power Supply Test Methodology.  

First we tested this power supply with five different load patterns, trying to pull around 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100% of its labeled maximum capacity (actual percentage used listed under “% Max Load”), watching the behavior of the reviewed unit under each load. In the table below, we list the load patterns we used and the results for each load.

If you add all the power listed for each test, you may find a different value than what is posted under “Total” below. Since each output can vary slightly (e.g., the +5 V output working at +5.10 V), the actual total amount of power being delivered is slightly different than the calculated value. In the “Total” row, we are using the real amount of power being delivered, as measured by our load tester.

The +12VA and +12VB inputs listed below are the two +12 V independent inputs from our load tester. During our tests, both were connected to the power supply’s single +12 V rail.

Input

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Test 4

Test 5

+12VA

2.5 A (30 W)

5.5 A (66 W)

8 A (96 W)

10.5 A (126 W)

14 A (168 W)

+12VB

2.5 A (30 W)

5.5 A (66 W)

8 A (96 W)

10.5 A (126 W)

13 A (156 W)

+5V

1 A (5 W)

2 A (10 W)

4 A (20 W)

6 A (30 W)

8 A (40 W)

+3.3 V

1 A (3.3 W)

2 A (6.6 W)

4 A (13.2 W)

6 A (19.8 W)

8 A (26.4 W)

+5VSB

1 A (5 W)

1 A (5 W)

1.5 A (7.5 W)

2 A (10 W)

2 A (10 W)

-12 V

0.5 A (6 W)

0.5 A (6 W)

0.5 A (6 W)

0.5 A (6 W)

0.5 A (6 W)

Total

80.2 W

161.3 W

240.6 W

319.3 W

401.4 W

% Max Load

20.1%

40.3%

60.2%

79.8%

100.4%

Room Temp.

44.8° C

43.2° C

42.2° C

42.4° C

43.8° C

PSU Temp.

59.0° C

58.2° C

58.6° C

58.7° C

59.5° C

Voltage Regulation

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Ripple and Noise

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

AC Power

91.5 W

176.2 W

263.5 W

352.5 W

449.8 W

Efficiency

87.7%

91.5%

91.3%

90.6%

89.2%

AC Voltage

114.0 V

113.0 V

112.7 V

111.9 V

111

Power Factor

0.969

0.991

0.998

0.988

0.991

Final Result

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

The Seasonic X-400 Fanless can really deliver its labeled wattage at high temperatures.

Efficiency was extremely high, above 87% at light load (20% load, 80 W) and above 89% at full load, peaking 91.5% at 40% load (160 W). Really impressive.

Voltage regulation was another highlight of this product, with all voltages within 3% of their nominal values – including the -12 V output. The ATX12V specification allows voltages to be up to 5% from their nominal values (10% for the -12 V output). Therefore this power supply presents voltages closer to their nominal values than necessary.

Noise and ripple levels were always extremely low. Below you can see the results for the power supply outputs during test number five. The maximum allowed is 120 mV for +12 V and -12 V outputs, and 50 mV for +5 V and +3.3 V outputs. All values are peak-to-peak figures.

Seasonic X-400 Fanless power supply
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Figure 21: +12VA input from load tester during test five at 401.4 W (20.6 mV)

Seasonic X-400 Fanless power supply
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Figure 22: +12VB input from load tester during test five at 401.4 W (20.4 mV)

Seasonic X-400 Fanless power supply
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Figure 23: +5V rail during test five at 401.4 W (10.2 mV)

Seasonic X-400 Fanless power supply
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Figure 24: +3.3 V rail during test five at 401.4 W (8.8 mV)

Let’s see if we can pull even more from the Seasonic X-400 Fanless.

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