Thanks for the review. Knowing how this budget PSU performs is great.
One thing though - I've noticed that some recent SPCR PSU reviews, including this one, haven't included fan voltage at particular loads in the Test Results tables.
The last PSU review I found with this data was the Seasonic M12D-850W
The fan voltage data is included normally, but there have been a few cases where it was simply not possible for odd technical reasons -- odd meaning we couldn't figure it out and there often isn't enough time (or benefit) in finding a way. The most common reason for not being able to measure fan voltage these days is PWM fan control -- it's becoming much more common. This may force us to install some kind of strobe or other optical fan speed monitoring device inside the PSU test box -- facing up to the spinning fan.
With regard to the fan voltage on this Corsair, we erred. The new reviewer and I had our wires crossed, and the data was simply missed. It's just been put where it's supposed to go -- in the "Other Data Summary table" -- and the accompanying text corrected.
My take on this Corsair is that for the typical minimalist SPCR system, it'll be nicely quiet, though not silent -- which is what you might want if you've gone to an SSD or a super quiet HDD that's suspended/enclosed. I mean take a look at the AC system power figures for the last AMD785G motherboard review
. With a 95W TDP X3 X3 720, those systems drw just 30~40W AC at idle and didn't even reach 120W AC at the ultrapeaks. OK, add a mid-level video card and you might reach 200W AC peaks. Might. In a decent case set up intelligently, this PSU still won't ramp up.
And its electrical performance is really really good.