External Appearance

The first thing one will notice about the Cyonic AU-550x is its very small proportions. It is built inside a chassis that is only 140 mm long, allowing it to fit even in the most peculiar cases that have a slot for an ATX PSU. The body is sprayed with a matte black paint and most of the top side is covered by a large sticker with the electrical specifications and certifications of the PSU. There are no stickers on the sides of the chassis, and Cyonic opted to punch the company name onto the metal surface and print the model and company logo using deep purple paint.

The connectors for the modular cables can be found at the front side of the chassis. It is interesting to note that there are three connectors for the 12V CPU and PCI Express cables but only two cables are supplied with the 550W version. A badge with the company logo has been installed above the standard on/off switch and AC cable receptacle at the rear side of the body. A parallel bars finger guard rests above the simple black fan.

Internal Design

Cyonic installed a 120 mm Hong Hua for the cooling needs of the AU-550x. The HA1225M12F-Z is a very powerful 2050 RPM model with a hydrodynamic bearing. Considering the mediocre power output of the PSU and its claimed high efficiency, it should be very difficult to force this fan to run anywhere near its maximum speed.

As it has been already mentioned, Seasonic is the OEM behind Cyonic PSUs. The Cyonic AU-550x (and all six of their currently available models) is based on a platform that looks like Seasonic's G-series, but it is not quite the same. The differences are not dramatic and appear to have been made in order to allow for the vertical board with the connectors to be installed so closely above the main PCB, i.e. to fit the platform inside the 140 mm chassis.

The filtering stage is at the back of the AC receptacle, with the components covered by a metallic shield in order to minimize EMI. We spotted a total of six Y capacitors, two X capacitors and two filtering inductors before the main rectification bridge. The main bridge has a small dedicated heatsink, densely packed next to a larger heatsink and the passive APFC components. There are no components directly attached on the heatsink near the edge of the PCB, as that heatsink is cooling the active components installed at the bottom of the main PCB. The large PFC 420V/470μF capacitor is supplied by Nippon Chemi-Con.

The secondary electrolytic capacitors are supplied by Nippon Chemi-Con as well, with a single capacitor coming from Rubycon. All polymer capacitors are supplied by Fujitsu. The 3.3V and 5V generation circuits were moved towards the AC receptacle and were given a small heatsink each. It is very interesting to note that this is the first unit that we have ever reviewed that makes use of board mount DC/DC converters. Essentially, Cyonic replaced most of the DC to DC conversion circuit with a "brick" converter for each of the two minor lines. These typically are of high efficiency and very compact, although they obviously are much more costly than a typical circuit. The energy is being transferred from the main PCB onto the vertical PCB via a few very thick wires, carefully tied to avoid creating a messy layout. Finally, a lot of glue has been used to maximize the mechanical strength of the PSU.

Introduction, Packaging & Bundle Cold Test Results
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  • YoloPascual - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    I knew it! The looks and the brand name pertains to one and only OEM.
    Seasonic
    Seonic
    Cyonic
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  • DanNeely - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    I've noticed this on a few other Seasonic designs, but why do they split the modular 24pin cable into 18+10 pin connectors on the PSU itself? Reply
  • jonnyGURU - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    So it fits on the limited real estate available on the modular PCB. And the extra four pins are for voltage sense (why 28 instead of just 24). Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    OK, Why does it need 4 extra wires for voltage sense though? IIRC the doubled wire on one of the 3.3 pins from the standard layout is for vSense; 2 more cover the +5 and +12V rails. That leaves 2 more unaccounted for. +5VSB and -12V are possible I guess; but for as lightly utilized as they are it seems like overkill to me. Reply
  • Innokentij - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    Been loving Seasonic since i got my first PSU from them. Best there is. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    My Enermax is 8 years old now, still running strong and the fan is as quiet as on day one.
    I could NEVER say that from a Seasonic, and I used quite a few in PCs and had friends battle with them in their own. One friend had to replace one at the very start, then again after a year and again after 3 years.
    Reply
  • tamalero - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    PC Power & cooling here. These units have been top notch all the time.
    Noone of my units have failed. and I'm on the third 750W Silencer series.
    Reply
  • dananski - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Bought a fantastic PSU from Hiper over 8 years ago after reading the review here on AT, and still working wonderfully. In fact I think it has vastly outlived the company. Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    I've learned, over time, that you don't pay attention to the name on the box. It's the OEM that really matters and because of that I'd recommend one of these all day long. Reply
  • jonnyGURU - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    That's not the best way to shop since it's not the OEM that supplies the cable compliment, service, warranty, etc. If you buy it and it dies in a year and you can't find who to send the PSU back to or you have to pay $20 to send the PSU to the Netherlands, you start to think how much those things matter. Reply

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