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What to look for in a power supply

By flashmonkey
Sep 17, 2005
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  1. There are so many options nowadays with PSU's, I was wondering what are the best features to look for and what do they all mean?

    Some examples:
    ATX12V/ EPS12V SFX
    ATX12V/ MicroATX
    EPS12V
    ATX12V
    Active PFC
    Passive PFC
    Dual 12V
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Active PFC

    The preferable type of PFC is Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) since it provides more efficient power frequency. Because Active PFC uses a circuit to correct power factor, Active PFC is able to generate a theoretical power factor of over 95%. Active Power Factor Correction also markedly diminishes total harmonics, automatically corrects for AC input voltage, and is capable of a full range of input voltage. Since Active PFC is the more complex method of Power Factor Correction, it is more expensive to produce an Active PFC power supply.

    Passive PFC

    The most common type of PFC is Passive Power Factor Correction (Passive PFC). Passive PFC uses a capacitive filter at the AC input to correct poor power factor. Passive PFC may be affected when environmental vibration occurs. Passive PFC requires that the AC input voltage be set manually. Passive PFC also does not use the full energy potential of the AC line.

    As for the rest or your question, go HERE and scoll down to this question. "Q. What is the difference between ATX, ATX12V, EPS12V, SFX and SFX12V power supply?"

    You might also want to take a look at this excellent article on psu`s. The psu thread.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  3. flashmonkey

    flashmonkey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 136

    thanks mate! helped a lot!
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