XFX XTR 550 Fully 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  4  9.2
40  5  4.4  13.2
60  6.4  5.8  18.4
80  8.6  8.6  20.2
100  11.6  18.8  27

Extremely tight ripple suppression here, very good results across the board, so much so that I could actually double all of the numbers and they would still be fairly good results.

3.3 volt @ 100%

5 volt @ 100%

12 volt @ 100%