Super Flower Leadex Platinum 550W Power Supply Review

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Fan Speed


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

sf550 fan 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.sf550 hybrid fan

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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