I got this power supply, and it is not being loaded too heavily. range of 100-200w total draw depending on operation of pc.
Anyways from the various software tools that agree on the voltages (I have a bunch installed) , the 12v line reports a 11.84 v. The 3.3 volt line reports at 3.14v. The 5 volt line I think was about 4.95v. Is 3.14 kinda low or is that generally fine?
Anyways, the power supply is very quiet, and I think it does a good job of pulling air from the bottom right of the motherboard (middle bottom of case).. As I think there is a temp sensor their, and in comparison to a small fanned stock powersupply the temps are ~37-38 there with the Seasonic, but with stock power supply, the temps are at least ~44 (going from memory). Anyways, it takes a fan aimed right at the lower right corner of the board to pull the temps down to 37 with the stock power supply. (I think actually the motherboard temp is perhaps an average of a couple sensors, so this assesment, of what area is being cooled may be off, and I may just be really cooling one part of the motherboard with fan to bring down the average
But the negatives of this 430w power supply is that it has the venting on the back side where all the cables come out. And as far as I can tell hot air comes out of their (and why shouldn't it?). And it roasts my optical drive. I put my finger there and it is hot. Plus the top of the case is very warm. I swapped in a stock el cheapo power supply in that sucks most all its air through vents in that position, and the optical drive is cool, as is the surface of the case above it; above the stock power supply the case is gently mildly warm at full cpu load. I think this is a very significant difference. Does anyone have any idea of how to rectify this issue?
Hard drive temps from the lower bay are within a degree of each other for either power supply.
In comparison, with the stock power supply, the el cheapo stock power supply, under full load of the system gives voltages of:
11.84v (this goes up to I think 11.92 under idle , wheras the Seasonic430 always stays at 11.84v under idle and load).
4.95v. (load and idle)
3.25v.(load and idle)
So my conclusion is that the el cheapo power supply has a voltage closer to 3.3 v.
I wonder what voltages my sample will give at full power draw?
They seem to be more in line with the review here than the SilentPcReview's voltages.
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm? ... 775&page=3
Did the updated version of the 430 with the Japanese capacitors give different range of voltages?