Legit Power Supply Reviews
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M 520W Power Supply Review
|Product:||High Current Gamer HCG-520M 520W|
|Date:||Tue, Sep 04, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Being an 80Plus Bronze certified unit, we did not expect breathtaking efficiency from the HCG-520M. The power supply however does honor its certification, with the efficiency peaking at 86.4%/85.6% when powered from an 110VAC/230VAC power source respectively. The minimum recorded efficiency was 82.8%, when the unit was fully loaded and powered from a 110VAC source.
The thermal performance of the HCG-520M is acceptable but, considering the unit's mediocre power output, it could have been much better. Nevertheless, even though the maximum temperature delta was 12°C at maximum load, the delta remains at 4-5 degrees across the entire nominal load range.
As expected after examining the thermal performance of the HCG-520M, the noise levels of the unit are low as long as the unit is below 50% load, beyond which point they will continuously rise as the fan will be trying to cope with the increasing cooling demand. The result is a unit which is quiet while nominally loaded but quite noisy as long as it remains under stress.
Next Page - HCG-520M review conclusion
Page 1 - Antec HCG-520M Review
Page 2 - Unboxing the power supply
Page 3 - External Design
Page 4 - A look inside
Page 5 - Test Setup
Page 6 - Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - HCG-520M review conclusion