Super Flower Leadex Platinum 550W Power Supply Review

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Test Procedure


At eTeknix we take the power supply testing procedure very seriously and have invested a lot of resources into acquiring the appropriate testing equipment. For all power supply reviews we test the power supplies with dedicated power supply testing equipment. This means we are able to get the most accurate results from our testing as opposed to using software benchmarks (such as OCCT) or multi-meter readouts which are broadly inaccurate.

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Our test machinery is as follows:

  • Sunmoon SM-5500ATE Active Load Tester (1200W rated)
  • Stingray DS1M12 USB Oscilloscope
  • Voltcraft DT-10L laser tachometer

The eTeknix test procedure involves:

  • Testing each power supply at 20/40/60/80/100% load (with balanced load across all rails) and measuring PFC (power factor correction), efficiency (actual power divided by power “pulled at the wall”) and voltage regulation (deviance from expected voltages of 3.3/5/12 on the main rails).
  • Measuring ripple with an oscilloscope at 20/40/60/80/100% load.
  • Measuring fan speed after a stabilisation period of five minutes at each load scenario using the Voltcraft DT-10L laser tachometer and a reflective strip on the fan.
  • Testing each power supply’s OPP (Over Power Protection) mechanism and seeing how many watts each power supply can deliver before shutting down

Other things to consider are that

  • We recognise that a single yellow 12 volt cable can provide only 6 Amps before overheating (which corrupts voltage regulation and efficiency) and so we used an adequate number of cables for each power supply to ensure there is not efficiency loss from poor cables selection
  • Our Sunmoon SM-5500ATE power supply tester is not capable of testing more than 300W on each of the 12 volt rails so where a power supply provides more than 300W on a 12 volt rail that power is distributed over multiple 12 volt rails on the load tester. For example a power supply with one 12 volt rail supplying 750 watts would be spread equally over three 12 volt rails on the load tester, a power supply with two 450W 12v rails would be spread over four 12v rails on the load tester, two 225W 12v rails for each of the 12v rails on the unit.
  • We use the same time scale and horizontal millivolt scale on our oscilloscope for all ripple tests, that is a 20ms T/DIV (horizontal) and a 0.02 V/DIV (vertical) meaning the scale is from -80mV to +80mV, ATX spec dictates that the 12v rail must fall within 150mv of ripple and the 3.3/5 within 50mv so that scale allows us to include both 150 and 50mV peaks. (Some older PSU reviews use different scales which were later ditched as the visual representation they give is inadequate, in these reviews written measurements are provided only).
  • Deviance is the terminology used to represent the way voltages diverge from the expected values

Article Index

  1. Introduction and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look - Exterior
  3. A Closer Look - Interior
  4. Test Procedure
  5. Efficiency, PFC and Voltage Regulation
  6. Ripple Testing
  7. OPP and Max Wattage
  8. Fan Speed
  9. Final Thoughts
  10. View All

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2 Comments on Super Flower Leadex Platinum 550W Power Supply Review

  • Avatar tomekkk1 says:

    Couple of confirmations of things we can read in this test, plus one small issue found:
    • Bulletproof build without the doubt – every detail of PSU case has been made neatly, using proper solid materials.
    • Full set of aesthetic cables, easy to manage them as I wish, long enough
    for most of cases – connectors are pretty solid on both sides.Full set of aesthetic cables, easy to manage them as I wish, long enough
    for most of cases – connectors are pretty solid on both sides. Cables finishings are in finest quality, once connected they stays secure & tight in the sockets. Bag for unnecessary cables is an nice add-on too;
    • Stability – the voltages are really like frozen: idle, moderate load under full load, or quick changing load – doesn’t matter, still great stability;
    • Stone cold – now will be something quite interesting: I’ve got this unit in NZXT Noctis 450 PC Case, inside of integrated shroud. The fan is set in “ECO” (hybrid semi-passive mode), fan hole is located on top (I didn’t fit it up side down by purpose), where is only 2-3mm distance to the top of the shroud. Could say the heat must be generated inside, resulting that fan will by running very often. Nothing like that… To be honest it didn’t run even once yet. It is stone cold. The lowest case fan (with very reduced speed), located at the front of PC case surely makes the air moving towards PSU a bit – and this is the only ventilation there. Really the fan in this Power Supply is just like additional bonus – been given, but we never needed to use;
    • The only small issue is SATA supply cable. As most of the PC cases are
    now designed with PSU located at bottom I found this cable is designed
    other way round – like for PSU’s located at top of the case. That means
    if you connecting two or more drives (I have three HDD’s currently)
    firstly the lowest Drive needs to be connected using farthest plug we have on the lead, than next one above etc.
    After connect the last top one, rest of the cable needs to go back down to PSU –
    makes this area unnecessary busier than we need, which tat is only thing to consider if we have smaller / very low budget PC case.

    Generally – it is really silly to compromise own choice buying cheapest PSU. And now it is a lot easier to make right decision – we can reach for not very expensive Hi-End Power Supply in the price of Mid-Class. Cannot choose better…

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