Corsair AX1500i Power Supply Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on September 11, 2014 5:00 AM EST
Hot Test Results
From the tables below, we can see that the output power quality of the Corsair AX1500i is simply setting new performance records. Our instrumentation recorded a maximum ripple of just 16mV on the 12V line under maximum load, while drawing 107.2 Amperes from it! Cross loading the voltage lines had virtually zero effect on the stability of the unit, courtesy of the dual LLC PSU design we mentioned in the Internal Design section. Finally, the voltage regulation is remarkable, with the worst and best results being 0.5% and a mere 0.15% on the 5V and 12V lines, respectively!
|Load (Watts)||300.98 W||751.78 W||1126.37 W||1501.55 W|
(20% to 100% load)
|Voltage Ripple (mV)|
|20% Load||50% Load||75% Load||100% Load||
3.3V + 5V
High ambient temperature have a miniscule impact on the energy conversion efficiency of the Corsair AX1500i, reducing the average nominal load (20-100%) efficiency down to 94.6% and the maximum efficiency of the PSU to 96.5%. The overall efficiency drop is a mere 0.3% percent over a temperature rise of 25°C, which is simply amazing, displaying both the effectiveness of the design and the quality of the active components. As such, the conversion losses remained nearly unaffected despite the much higher ambient temperature.
Overall, the behavior of the cooling system inside our hot box was similar to our "cool" testing results, with the sole exception being that the fan turns on at a much lower load than before. It also gets noticeably louder, but considering the massive power output, the AX1500i did not get hot at all, suggesting that the thermal control circuit is programmed to maintain low operating temperatures under any circumstance. We would be hard-pressed to find such low temperature readings even in reviews of units with half the capacity of the AX1500i.