When testing in a power supply laboratory it is difficult to take fan noise readings as the noise from the Sunmoon test equipment and air conditioning corrupts everything. The next best thing in our circumstances was reading off the fan speed with a tachometer to get an idea for the noise. The ambient temperature during testing held constant at 22 degrees, with 1 degree of variation. Each power supply had a consistent time period of 5 minutes to stabilise between each load scenario.
In my experience the following general relationships apply between noise levels and fan speeds, though it can vary greatly between the type of fan used.
- Below 800 RPM – Inaudible/Silent
- 800 to 1000 RPM – Barely audible
- 1000 – 1200 RPM – Audible but still quiet
- 1200 – 1400 RPM – Moderately noisy
- 1400 – 1800 RPM – Noisy
- 1800 RPM or higher – Intolerable
As if all that high performance wasn’t impressive enough, The fan managed to say well below 900 RPM even at full load, keeping the unit virtually silent. This was even more apparent in hybrid fan mode, as the fan didn’t spin at all, even after spending 30 minutes at full load, nothing. The ambient temperature was 22c, so once you’ve got this in a chassis and your room is warmer, the fan will kick in when it’s needed, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever hear this power supply running, even in active cooling mode.