be quiet! Pure Power 9 700W Power Supply Review

Ripple


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.

Sample Ripple Graph

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 
 20  6.6  9.2  8.6
 40  9.2  10.2  10.8
 60  16.4  12.4  12.4
 80  16.4  16  16.6
 100  19.2  19.6  21.2

The ripple is super clean throughout, it’s within the specifications by a huge margin and is strangely consistant accross the voltages at each load; that’s not a bad thing, but it is interesting.

3.3 volt @ 100%

5 volt @ 100%

12 volt @ 100%