Installation & Use
I used OCCT Perestroika in conjunction with Everest for benchmarking and monitoring on Windows 7 64-bit after installing into my standard testing rig with an ASUS M3A32-MVP motherboard, Athlon X2 6000+, 8 GB of DDR2 RAM, three SATA hard drives, a Kingston V-Series 128 GB SDD, and a Foxconn-made nVidia 8800 GTX inside a Cooler Master Cosmos S case.
I’ve included graphs from our recent review of the Silverstone Strider Plus 750W for comparison. Graphs from the Antec Truepower 750W are on the left and graphs from the Silverstone Strider Plus 750W are on the right.
Spot checks put the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V rails at 3.38V, 5.05V, and 12.1V respectively while idle and 3.38V, 5.05V, and 12.16V under load.
Both the 3.3V and 5V rails had virtually no ripple and were almost entirely stable, especially the 5V. I’ve seen few flatlines since I started reviewing, and this came incredibly close. However, the spikes occurred during the cooldown, so it was wholly stable during the test. Kudos.
The 12V rail is a different story. The ripple was less—the range of movement was less than the other rails, but the voltage was up and down throughout the test. It’s within the +-5% we like to see on the rails, though.
The noise level was negligible. Ambient noise is louder than most PSU fans these days. The PWM fan makes it even quieter.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.