Silverstone Nightjar 520W Passive Modular 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  4.2mV  5.6mV  15.8mV
40  4.6mV  6mV  20mV
60  5.2mV  6.2mV  22.2mV
80  5.6mV  6.8mV  24.8mV
100  6mV  7.6mV  26.4mV

Those ripple results are just incredible. Less than 10mV on the 3.3 and 5 volt rails and around 25 on the 12 volt rail. These results are actually better than we’ve seen out of all three passive Seasonic 520W platforms so we are not sure if this Silverstone unit has some uprated internal components or if it’s just at the upper end of the natural distribution in terms of performance variation.

3.3 volt @ 100%

5 volt @ 100%

12 volt @ 100%