Cold Test Results

For the testing of PSUs, we are using high precision electronic loads with a maximum power draw of 2700 Watts, a Rigol DS5042M 40 MHz oscilloscope, an Extech 380803 power analyzer, two high precision UNI-T UT-325 digital thermometers, an Extech HD600 SPL meter, a self-designed hotbox and various other bits and parts. For a thorough explanation of our testing methodology and more details on our equipment, please refer to our How We Test PSUs - 2014 Pipeline post.

Interestingly, the 1STPlayer Steampunk 750W PSU easily meets the 80Plus Gold certification standard when powered from either a 230 VAC or 115 VAC source. As a matter of fact, it almost complies with the 80Plus Platinum certification, surpassing its requirements for the most of the chart. It only suffers from a quickly diminishing efficiency at loads greater than 90%, dropping its efficiency down to 88.3% under maximum load, which prevented the unit from getting an 80Plus Platinum certification. In fact we're a bit surprised that the manufacturer didn't use this platform to make an 80Plus Platinum unit as well. 1STPlayer could have easily used the same platform and dialed down the maximum rated power output of the unit slightly, which would have allowed them to market a slightly less powerful PSU but with an 80Plus Platinum certification.

Overall 1STPlayer kept everything as simple as possible, and they did not implement any advanced thermal control schemes, such as semi-fanless operation. The fan is dead quiet at low loads but will start becoming noticeable when the unit is at about 50% of its rated capacity. Noise levels keep climbing after that, reaching 46.1 dB(A) under maximum load, a high figure for most users. That said, it would not be sensible to run the PSU at a maximum load for prolonged periods of time, so the noise levels during regular use should always be within comfortable levels so long as the unit is installed inside a well-ventilated case.

The 1STPlayer SteamPunk 80+ Gold 750W PSU Hot Test Results
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  • Flunk - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Writing SteamPunk on the side of something doesn't make something steampunk. Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Not interesting to me until a 1600W version comes out Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Also one that is digital to modularly remove OCP like the Corsair 1600W via Corsair Link; if it doesn't have that, it's pretty meh in the grand scheme of things. Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, May 18, 2020 - link

    nah the corsair 1600w is too heavy and slows down my maserati Reply
  • atl - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    What is the steampunk in this CPU? Reply
  • Deicidium369 - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    well it Clearly says Steam Punk on it - so it must be some new style of Steam Punk... Reply
  • Deicidium369 - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    This is about as Steampunk as Hello Kitty. Not Seasonic, not going into my builds. Reply
  • CrystalCowboy - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Seasonic is very hard to find at present. Lots of people building out their home computing, and disrupted supply chains. Reply
  • Axiomatic - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Where do you put the water in? To make the steam, right? Reply
  • South_DL - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Good point! Reply

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