Efficiency, PFC and Voltage Regulation
To test voltage regulation we load the power supply to five different load scenarios that give an equal spread of load across every single rail. So that means 20% on all rails, 40% on all rails and so on. We then calculate the average deviance of each rail from its expected voltage.
As we’ve seen with many modern Corsair PSUs, but voltage regulation is absolutely fantastic, with remarkably consistent voltages throughout. Especially on the +12v rails, which are some of the tightest readings I’ve ever seen!
Power efficiency is measured by calculating actual supplied wattage divided by the wattage drawn at the wall/plug, multiplied by 100 to give a percentage. We then compare that to the particular 80 Plus certification the company claims to see if it meets that. You can see the 80 Plus certifications below, we always test 230v power supplies.
The efficiency is superb, sitting comfortably within the 80 Plus Platinum rated and actually running 2% more efficient that the rating at low loads.
Power Factor Correction
Power Factor Correction is the ratio of the real power flowing to the load, to the apparent power in the circuit. The aim of PFC is to make the load circuitry that is power factor corrected appear purely resistive (apparent power equal to real power). In this case, the voltage and current are in phase and the reactive power consumption is zero. The closer the number to one the better as this allows the most efficient delivery of electrical power (Source – Wikipedia).
The PFC on this unit is incredible, as a rule, the closer to 1, the better and these are some of the closest results I’ve seen.