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Hiper Type R Mark-II 880 Watt Power Supply - Testing

Mike looks at a Type R series PSU from Hiper today which carries with it all the bells and whistles, and then some.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 24, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Hiper

Testing

 

When it comes to testing a power supply, there are two courses to travel. One takes you down a path using a device to stress out the PSU and provide data regarding the power levels across all three rails. The second, and the one I make use of, utilizes an actual test system to give a more real-world account of what the power supply is capable of. While both methods have their merits, I prefer to use an actual computer to more closely resemble the manner of use that you, the potential customer, will put the product through.

 

That said, let's take a quick look at the test system. I have continued to beef up the system to put a more realistic strain on the power supply.

 

MSI X48C Platinum motherboard (Supplied by MSI)

 

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor

 

2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500-C5 memory (Supplied by Corsair)

 

2x Sapphire HD 2900XT graphics boards in Crossfire configuration (Supplied by Sapphire)

 

Western Digital 250GB SATA hard drive

 

2x Western Digital 160GB SATA hard drives

 

Western Digital 80GB hard drive

 

Sony 52x CD-ROM optical drive

 

Samsung 16x DVD-R optical drive

 

1x 200mm fan

 

2x 120mm fans

 

While this isn't a Quad-GPU setup, we are certainly in the realm of having a system that is going to put a significant power drain on any power supply. Each of the HD 2900XT boards is capable of pulling close to 250 watts of power. Testing will consist of checking the power levels across all three rails at idle and again while the system is under stress. This should give us a good look at the capabilities of the power supply being tested.

 

Results

 

 

During our test phase, we put a lot of stress on the graphics subsystem. After all, this is where a vast majority of our power draw is coming from, and this holds true for most enthusiasts. While we always expect a drop in this rail, the Hiper unit did so only minimally. All voltage rails also held very steady under both system idle and load conditions. There were no fluctuations in any of the rails so you can expect a very solid stream to all of your components.

 

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