Noise and Ripple can easily be measured by an oscilloscope. These show how much voltage fluctuation there is on a particular rail. We tested the rail stability of the 3.3 volt, 5 volt and 12 volt rails using an identical time and millivolt scale for all graphs. millivolt ripple is measured by the peak to peak size of the voltage curve.
The latest ATX 12 volt version 2.3 specifications state that ripple from peak to peak must be no higher than 50 millivolts for the 3.3 volt and 5 volt rails, while the 12 volt rail is allowed up to 120 millivolts peak to peak to stay within specifications. Millivolt figures are stated to the closest increment of 5 given their variability.
|Load (%)||3.3V Ripple||5V Ripple||12V Ripple|
Ripple suppression is where this unit performs well, on the 3.3 and 5 volt rails exceptional ripple suppression can be seen which is testament to the quality of the secondary side construction. The 12 volt rail is also strong but nearing 60 mV isn’t the best we’ve seen; it is a strong result but premium units will tend to have sub 35 mV.
3.3 volt @ 100%
5 volt @ 100%
12 volt @ 100%