Gigabyte Superb 550P Power Supply Review

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. 

At least on this stage this unit is flawless, with three Y capacitors, one X capacitor and even one MOV more than the required.

Gigabyte Superb 550P power supplyFigure 9: Transient filtering stage (part 1).

Gigabyte Superb 550P power supplyFigure 10: Transient filtering stage (part 2).

In the next page we will have a more detailed discussion about the components used in the Gigabyte Superb 550P.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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