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Primary Analysis

On this page we will take an in-depth look at the primary stage of the Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600 W. For a better understanding, please read our Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies tutorial.

This power supply uses two GBU1006 rectifying bridges on its primary, but they are not attached to a heatsink. Each bridge supports up to 10 A at 100° C, so in theory, you would be able to pull up to 2,300 W from the power grid. Assuming 80% efficiency, the bridges would allow this unit to deliver up to 1,840 W without burning themselves out. Of course, we are only talking about these components, and the real limit will depend on all the other components in this power supply. These are the same components found in the Seventeam ST-500BAZ and the 550 W version of the eXtreme Power Plus.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600 W power supplyFigure 9: Rectifying bridges

This unit is based on a single-transistor forward topology, which is good to see, since usually low-end units are based on the obsolete half-bridge design. Two 2SK2968 power MOSFETs are connected in parallel on the switching section in order to double the maximum current this section can handle. Each transistor supports up to 10 A at 25° C in continuous mode, or up to 30 A at 25° C in pulse mode, so the switching section can deliver up to 20 A at 25° C. Unfortunately the manufacturer does not provide the current limits at 100° C. These transistors present an RDS(on) of 1.05 Ω, which is insanely high (low efficiency). This number measures the resistance provided by the transistors when they are turned on; the lower this number, the better (higher efficiency). These transistors are a little bit more powerful than ones used in the eXtreme Power Plus 550 W, Seventeam ST-500BAZ, and Spire Jewel Black 650 W – these other power supplies are all based on the same design, but use two 2SK2611 transitors, which have a maximum current of 9 A each.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600 W power supplyFigure 10: Switching transistors

The switching transistors are controlled by a TL3842P integrated circuit.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600 W power supplyFigure 11: PWM controller

The electrolytic capacitors of the voltage doubler circuit are from Su’scon and labeled at 85° C.

Now let’s take a look at the secondary of this power supply.

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