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 is flawless on this stage, with four Y capacitors and one ferrite coil more than the minimum required, plus one X capacitor after the rectifying bridge.
In the next page we will have a more detailed discussion about the components used in the Seasonic S12II Bronze 520 W.